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I think I mentioned a couple weeks ago that January is a hard month. One reason it is hard is that I pick out a couple reading challenges, plan what I am going to read for them, and then stress myself out that I am not reading quickly enough.
Right around the turn of the year, I picked up a book that had been on my TBR list for awhile. I checked it out of the library with a couple other books. I read a few pages and renewed it with the idea of finishing it in those 2 weeks. Those 2 weeks were coming to an end and I had progressed from 10% done to about 40% done. I was beating myself up that I hadn't finished the book yet. It was a good book. I was enjoying it, but it was a bit emotional and I didn't want to overwhelm myself with emotion. So I kept choosing other books instead of that one. Mostly I was choosing cozy mysteries. Those are fun and mostly formulaic. It isn't really emotional. It is just a light, fun read.
But shouldn't I be a serious reader and read serious books? What does it say about me if all I do is read cozy mysteries? Shouldn't I finish books that I start?
No I don't have to finish what I start. I can also take a break on a book if it is the wrong time. I can come back to it later. I can read serious books and fun books. My reading speed and choice of reading don't say anything about me as a person. So I took a break on the serious book and read cozies. It made me happy and that's what reading is for.