“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”-Oscar Wilde

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  1. I totally agree. I don’t even make myself complete a book if I can’t connect to it after the first couple of chapters — life’s too short. I’d rather read a great one I’ve read before than lumber through a poorly written one.


    • For years, it was a matter of personal pride that I finished EVERY book that I started. I FINALLY realized what a waste of time that was. However, since then….I have regressed. More often than not, I have made the conscious decision to, at least, finish most books. Why? Because I have found that I learn as much from badly written books as from well written ones. What NOT to do, if you will. That can probably be chalked up to my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If I start a book….I more or less MUST finish reading it, for my own sanity. Even if I hate it and it is a chore to read. However, I seem to have pretty excellent judgment; I rarely choose bad books. I have at least a 100 to 1 ratio. Not too bad!


  2. I agree with Sword-chinned b. I always read the first two chapters, then the end and then decide if it’s worth it. Life is waaaay too short to read a poorly-written book. That’s why you, maedez, provide such a valuable service.


    • I vacillate between finishing a book no matter what and abandoning it after a few chapters. I learn nearly as much from horrid writing as from good. Plus, my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder makes it very difficult to abandon a book. However, I am an AVID BELIEVER in re-reading books. Any book that I enjoy, I inevitably re-read within a matter of a few years, sometimes sooner. And often multiple times! My desire for re-reading books is really the main reason for permanent inclusion in my library! Also, I have read every book in my library at least once. Thank you for your kind words. I am humble and grateful every time that someone ‘gets’ what I am doing with my P366! You are awesome!


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