10 Reasons Why We Stop Reading A Book

by Adrian Pantonial

After eight years, I finally finished reading Philip Yancey’s “The Jesus I Never Knew.” Ok, let me explain. I was a new Christian when I first tried reading it, which was after reading “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” by the same author.

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I bought my own copy of the “The Jesus…” only to see it has more “big words” in it and scholarly records of The Man I’m interested about. Along the way, I lent the book to my first church discipler and it was not returned to me for some reason. Years went on then months ago, I swapped books by the same author with a church friend and alas…I finished it! Hooray!

So far, I have read more than 111 books in my adult life and I resolve to read more because it helps me grow in many ways.

Although I still have unfinished books, I somehow learned to overcome these reasons why people stop reading a book:

  1. Procrastination
  2. Lack of self-discipline
  3. Lack of space and time
  4. Major life issues
  5. The author has a boring writing style
  6. The book’s overall design is dull
  7. The book fails to address my current felt needs
  8. The book no longer inform, entertain or inspire
  9. The topic being discussed can actually be finished in just a few chapters
  10. Got distracted with reading a new book

To complete our much-needed reading, here are my suggestions.

Read more to write more but don’t forget to live more too, ok? ;)

Question: What makes you stop reading a book?

12 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why We Stop Reading A Book

  1. My reasons are a mix of 1 and 10. 😀 When other things get in the way, I usually forget about the book I’m reading. But lately, I’ve been making more of an effort to actually tackle my reading list before I proceed to get more books.

    Which also means I have been seriously avoiding bookstores lately.


    1. @ Keshia -Thanks for reading this post and leaving a comment. Avoiding bookstores? Haha! I used to have the same challenge before. I guess now that I’ve grown much older, I now know how to manage my priorities better as well as my finances. Hehe!


  2. i stopped reading a book when i finally got “a life”… I’ve gone out more, interact more whether online or offline. But it never stopped me reading small articles and blogs.

    finally, i got my passion back to reading and there are definitely books that are still in my shelf that i haven’t even looked into yet. but regardless… when i got back my passion for books, i don’t want to stop – especially ebooks.

    i still have a lot of books to go, including the bible and the one we are reading for discussion (Captivating and Wild at Heart – just a suggestion). Crossing my fingers. i want to finish all of it. 🙂


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