by Megan S.
Enough was enough! I had to break up with his urban fantasy series.
I'm loyal to a fault. If I liked the first few books in a series, I'll keep reading them even when I get bored. Why? Because I'm nostalgic. I'm either fond of the hero, the world she lives in, or (shhh! don't tell anyone) 'shipping a one true pairing. I continue reading the series because it's comfortable and finding a new, better one can mean kissing a lot of toads.
It wasn't always so easy for me to move on. The guilt of leaving a novel unfinished would weigh heavily on me. Books were meant to be finished. It was a notion instilled in me in school, one that was hard to break. But the thing was, I wasn't reading for school, was I? I was reading for fun, not self-flagellation. There was no reason to suffer through a chore of a story if wasn't for some great work of cultural importance or my grade depended on it.
No, when reading a book becomes a dreaded chore, it's time to let it go. I carried around that massive tome of an urban fantasy for a solid month without slogging through more than a page a day before I realized it was finally time to give up on wizard Harry Dresden. Don't let yourself be guilted in to reading something that bores you to tears, even if you've loved the series in the past. It's not worth denying yourself when there are so many other fish in the sea... or books in the library.