I recently read an article in which the writer had recently reached the milestone of 1,000 books read in her lifetime. I quickly glanced at my Goodreads "books read" tally and saw I was still roughly 150 books away from that mark.
Then I noticed my "to-read" list. It has a whopping 2,218 books on it. Granted I barely read in high school but still at this same rate it will take me 70 more years to hit that number. So you know, I'll reach it when I am 105.
It is a depressing fact well-known among serious readers that there is not enough time to read all the books, but just because it is well-known doesn't make it any less despairing.
When you think about it in terms of only 2,000 books left to read in a lifetime, DNF'ing books that just are not doing it for you seems like less of a guilt-ridden choice. I could be reading a book that has swept me off my feet, or I could spend my limited time slogging through a book that I am trying desperately to get into.
I still consider between 50 and 100 pages a good enough trial run for a book. If 100 pages in I am still not wrapped up in the story, it's not going to improve probably, right? And if it loses steam halfway through, I am not going to feel as bad about putting it down then, either.
I would much rather read more of the books that remind me why I love reading.
Oh! I will be right back. I have another book to add to my TBR pile.