I am about 80 pages into a book I should have finished over a week ago and I can’t muster the ‘want’ to keep reading. The book is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. It is a a National Bestseller, has received a lot of praise and I have seen it on numerous “To Read” lists on the internet. I figured it would be a sweet and easy read but so far, I am just bored.
The back cover synopsis says that it is about a recently retired man who receives a letter from an old friend, Queenie, who is in hospice. Harold feels the need to deliver his response to the letter in person and he must do it on foot, a journey of over 600 miles. As long as he walks she will stay alive. It sound so sweet but so far, all Harold has been doing is walking, meeting people, and reflecting on missed opportunities from his life.
I hate when I feel this way about a book. Like it isn’t worth my time and I should just skip on o the next one. I hate leaving a book without finishing it, especially when the book is so short and simple. I am beyond bored. So far, it is of an old man is walking, that is it! I know the book has to pick up some but how many pages of thoughts about lacking proper walking gear or the scenery or distances to/from can I read?
I can’t figure out what I should do at this point. I am only 1/3 through this book but I am already giving up on the book. Is it best that I just give up, cut my losses and move on to the next hopefully more interesting read? Or do I suck it up, buckle down and charge through the rest of this book at super speed? It is these types of books that make me hate reading which is sad because it is one of my favorite pastimes. Right now I am looking for excuses not to read.
I think it is best if I get off the computer and just read. I need to read right now to finish this book. I hope it gets better and I hope that my next blog is about this book. That I finished it and am not as disappointed as I am now. I hope it turns around a bit and I end up liking it. I hope.