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Spoiler Alert: Why We Abandon Books

July 12, 2013 | by

This infographic on “the psychology of abandonment”—that is, why we don’t finish certain books—makes for fun reading. But even more interesting is the Goodreads list of those titles most frequently abandoned. We don’t want to spoil Stieg Larsson for anyone, but let’s just say that those who don’t persevere are missing out on some sexual sadism and computer espionage.





  1. Taylor | July 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve abandoned 3 of the five classics and 2 of the five top five. I haven’t attempted the rest 🙂

  2. Allie | July 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

    For the “Top Five Abandoned Classics”, I abandoned 3 out of 5. The reasons for those two survived: I am kinda scared to start (Ulysses), and I haven’t gotten there (Atlas Shrugged, since I can’t even finish the first chapter of Fountainhead. )

  3. Nigel | July 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    In the “what keeps you turning pages’ section, I think it should probably be ‘pull it off’ (as in a difficult trick), rather than ‘pull it out’ (as in an unreliable method of birth control).

  4. bob | July 18, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Odd “classics”. All very modern.

    Haven’t managed Ulysses yet. Should have read it as a teenager. Don’t have the time now. My memory doesn’t allow me to work my way through books a few chapters – I have to read the whole thing in a couple of sittings. Can’t read Pychon anymore for the same reason.

    Casual Vacancy is interesting. I started reading it at a friend’s but never got round to finding my own copy / finishing it. The lack of enthusiasm comes down to a suspicion that the only character I have sympathy for (screwed up girl) is going to have a hard time of it.

  5. aaron | July 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Then far more friends can easily talk about this concern

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