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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


  1. I did the same thing with “The Great Bridge” by David McCullough. It WAS an epic story about the Brooklyn Bridge, but 300 out of 562 pages was enough about it. I knew how it ended.

    Comment by The Know-All | June 20, 2007

  2. I have done that more than I can say. I find it quite the challange to finish a book or find time to read in my life right now. I brought rip it up on the plane with me to china and can only read for about 15 minutes at a time. maybe i need to get my eyes checked? not too sure…

    Comment by bill brady | June 24, 2007

  3. You can finish a book at 15 minutes a shot. I’ve done that many times. For some people that read on breaks from work that is the time you have.

    Comment by neilaquino | June 25, 2007

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