This year, I’m trying to read more of the books I own and I’ve discovered recently that there are just certain books, or certain types of books, that I avoid. Maybe it’s because they are just so long, but more often it is for random reasons. But I’ll get into that. Let’s get into the books.
The first book is actually a type of book I own, and that is books in Chinese. I have bought several books to practice my Chinese, and I have yet to read any of them. This particular one is on Tang Dynasty poetry.
There are a couple reasons I’m avoiding these types of books. First, there are so many Chinese characters I can’t read, so when I’m reading Chinese books I literally have to look up 75% of the characters, which makes it not to most fun reading experience. Second, with me still studying Chinese in school, I honestly don’t have time to study more Chinese. However, with my Chinese class finishing next week, maybe I can start reading some of my Chinese books for fun.
Honestly, I avoid reading any book by Neitzsche, despite owning two. He’s just a very…unique philosopher. Don’t get me wrong, he’s brilliant, but he’s also completely insane.
But I do really want to read his books someday! I just haven’t worked up the courage to force myself to read through any of his books, including this one. I started Thus Spoke Zarathustra a couple years ago, but I only got about a chapter in. It’s kind of like a retelling of Genesis from the Bible but with Zarathustra as God. It’s just…a bit weird to read. But someday!
I feel like this might be a mention on most “avoiding books” lists. I mean, this gigantic bad boy is like 1300 pages! The most I’ve gotten through it is 262 pages. It’s just really boring at times, even if it is a beautiful documentation of the Napoleonic wars in Russia.
Luckily, I’m taking a Russia and Napoleon class next semester and, according to my teacher, we may be reading all of War and Peace. So maybe I’ll get through it in fall!
I feel like the reasons I’m avoiding this book are obvious, because of its length. It’s just harder to stay motivated when reading really long books like this, especially one which is pretty slow-moving. But someday!
Next, I have a few non-fiction war books that I’m also avoiding. This one by Eisenhower is on his campaign to defeat Germany in Europe during WWII. While in theory I’m interested in war, I find myself less interested in it than in other aspects of history.
Because of this, I have avoided most of the books I own which fit into this genre. However, I’m taking US Military History next semester and I’m hoping it gives me a spark of interest in reading more war histories. I also own a war history on the Korean War, and some Russian wars. Honestly, I have a lot of nonfiction histories I’m avoiding…
I really have a bad habit of avoiding short story collections. This is only one of many examples of books I own which are short story collections.
My main problem with reading these collections is that I like to take a break after each story I read. For a novel, that means taking a break after 300+ pages. However, for a short story, that means about 20+ pages. This inevitably leads to me reading less pages of short stories than I would of a book because I don’t want to read multiple stories in one day.
What I really should do is to force myself to read one short story a day, but honestly some days I only have time to read 20 pages and I don’t want to use that up on a short story. Maybe someday…
Next, I own a complete collection of Douglas Adams’ books. I read the first book several years ago, and I think I gave it only two stars. The humor and the world was quirky, but the plot was nonexistence and the characters fit into pretty simple boxes. Since I didn’t like the first book that much, I’ve had trouble motivating myself to pick up the rest of the books, though I do really want to finish the series someday, which is why I’m still holding onto this book.
I’m also curious to those who have read all these series, did you enjoy the sequels more than the first book? Do you think it’s worth it for me to read the rest of the books even if I didn’t like the first book?
This kind of goes along with my war histories, but another genre of books I own that I avoid is Chinese history books. I have three massive books on Chinese history and a few small ones. Maybe its because of the length, or maybe its because nonfiction histories are a lot more time consuming to read than fiction.
For whatever reasons, I haven’t read most of these and I really want to. Asian history is by far my favorite, and yet I never seem to fit time in to read more about it because of college and fun reading. But someday I’ll read all these!
What are some books or genres you own that you avoid reading? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, thank you so much for reading, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
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