5 Stages of Losing Interest in a Book #Bookaddict #Bookworm #books

There are 5 stages to losing interest in a book:


1. Awareness – You are busy reading when you become aware of a little voice in your mind telling you that the book you are reading is not ‘doing things for you’.

Something is wrong. Your mind is not full of shooting stars and you are certainly not trembling with literary excitement.

You are going through the reading motions but in your head you are wondering whether you should put a washing machine cycle on or what recipe to use with that chicken in the fridge.

You flick back to the front cover and then to the book blurb on the back, to reassure yourself about the reading choice you made in the bookshop or on Amazon. Yes the cover still looks artistic / classy and the book blurb still makes your heart race.

Must be a good book. Maybe its you?

2. Denial – You start to question your state of mind and your general health as it can’t be the book. You have been feeling a little ‘off’ lately and you do feel a bit tired.

You flick back to the page about the author to reassure yourself again about the reading choice you made. Yes they are on top of their literary game. Their book should be taking you to new heights of literary enjoyment.

3. Realisation – You plough on as everything points to you having a bad day and not the quality of the book.

After a couple of pages you find yourself reaching for Twitter or Netflix – a.k.a. the kiss of death for the book!

A few days later you pick the book back up, telling yourself that it’s a new day and everything deserves a second chance.

You start to read and once again your mind becomes preoccupied with housekeeping trivia like the number of loo rolls left in the toilet.

As you sigh loudly and try to refocus your mind the voice inside you starts again.

“The plot doesn’t work!”

“That character is really dull”.

“Am I only on pg.19……my goodness only 246 pages to go” (groan)

The realisation that you are losing interest with the book starts to take hold of you.

4. Frustration – You start to get frustrated. You paid £7.99 for this book. You could have spent that money on something else, something more meaningful like some new pink lipstick or some cheap wine?

How dare the author lead you up the literary garden path with an artistic cover and an eye watering book blurb? As a writer you would never do such a thing.

5. Acceptance – As the frustration subsides you start to accept the fact that after three chapters you have had quite enough. You have lost interest. The author is forgiven in your head. They must have had a bad editing experience you tell yourself, it can happen.

The book is placed on your shelf. It will be brought back out when someone comes round, who you secretly don’t like, to ask you whether you have read anything good lately.

Off you trot back to the bookshop or to Amazon to see whether any new book covers catch your eye.

Happy Reading!


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55 thoughts on “5 Stages of Losing Interest in a Book #Bookaddict #Bookworm #books

  1. Ah so true. Recently I bought a book and started to read but after a captivating beginning I just lost interest. After more than a month of not picking it up I did finish it. Well i did spend some money as I bought it as a physical book and I felt I should give it another try.
    I was hoping on doing a review but that would just be a horrible one now… I always tell myself that I wasn’t in the mood for that kind of story and that it must be a good book.

  2. I can relate! I’ve been stuck reading a book for over two months now (normally it takes a week). I’ve come to the realization that the book doesn’t do anything for me. But I’ve come halfway, giving up now would just frustrate me more…

  3. Ha! Yes! I always feel really bad not finishing a book. Sometimes I go back and give it another go. Sometimes I just wish I hadn’t. 🙂

  4. I’m commissioning an artist to do the cover of my novel, and he’s brilliant. After deciding to splash out some money on this one thing, I had a horrible dream (almost a nightmare) that everybody who reviewed my novel said, “Excellent cover. Shame about the contents.” Now I’m really worried.

      1. My book is short but I never know how to elongate things! I’m so excited to read the rest of yours btw!

  5. Someone who should now better asked how many books a year I read. I told them (exaggerating a little as in ‘ how many units’ and ‘how many gym visits’). They paused and said, ‘well if you stay healthy you’ve about 1000 books left in you.’ What? Really? That’s put a really cruel spin on it. So from now on, if I get past stage one (great list btw) the book is ‘over the shoulder’ and onto the Oxfam heap pdq.

  6. Wait! Wait! Your posts are supposed to make me laugh, not cry! You’re right though about the 5 signs of grief…I mean losing interest. I’ve been there. I’m a die hard read to the ender, but sometimes I just can’t make it. Those are sad days. (Enjoyed the post despite all the whining 😀 Haha!

  7. It seems we all can relate. I’ve recently joined a book club and their last selection was one of those where I had to make myself muddle through. I even went online and looked and all the reviews said it was awesome. I was worried I was going to be the only one in the group who didn’t “get it”. That was not the case, I am happy to say.
    Life is too short to read bad books.

  8. I had always finished a book, hoping the good stuff will kick in , but nowadays, I have less time to read. When it isn’t working, I can now put the book down without guilt. Sometimes, the fault is where your head is at right now. Another time, the book sometimes does grab your attention.

  9. It happen to me. But then I flick through the book and hope, the best part is still to come. I only hope it won’t happen to the people I send my book. Hmm. I actually never thought deeper about that. But that is so true.

  10. This is where it’s a good idea to read books from your local public library (assuming one still exists and is still funded sufficiently to offer a good selection of books and other materials). Any book that disappoints can just be returned without a qualm.

  11. Thanks for this post. I’m going through this struggle as we speak! The novel was written by a bestselling author. I keep thinking that it’s my state of mind getting in the way. After 2+ months, I’m still pressing ahead, slowly but surely, to get to the “good part” to justify the money spent. I’ve been using this book to rest things on and prop things up, and occasionally I’ll open it and compel myself to read a chapter 🙂

  12. I’ve totally just passed through four of these five stages with Paolo Coelho’s ‘Adelph’….WTF Paolo? It’s a self-indulgent mess..”From the same man who brought you The Alchemist” we give you “Crap bundled up in book form”…..I bet his team were laughing all the way to the bank….

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