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It’s Okay To Stop Reading A Book In The Middle

A book I wanted to read for a long time was Khrushchev—The Man And His Era by William Taubman. Nikita Khrushchev once led the Soviet Union. The book was published in 2003.

Maybe a year ago, I happened upon a cheap copy of this book. I bought it. It sat next to my bed for a time. Then one day I finally picked it up.

The book was as good as the review I had read of it maintained. Yet about half-way through I started to lose interest. I felt I had grasped Khrushchev’s personality. I felt I understood the conflict between the better side of Khrushchev’s nature and some of the brutal things he did with power.

So I stopped reading. I moved onto something else.  It was a hard call. I asked my wife what she thought. She said I was silly. She said stop reading if you’ve had enough.

Anyway, I stopped reading the book and I survived.  You can quit a book in the middle. It’s okay.    

June 19, 2007 Posted by | Books | 3 Comments