Due to a lack of interest in the subject matter, I’m proud to say that I’m adding another DNF to my reading list. Let me explain why because it’s just as important as finishing a book that I’m thrilled with.
I started reading “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” on August 11 and gave up six days later. I’m only just now getting back to telling you about it. I’m falling behind on my schedule, folks!
I think I gave this book a respectable chance, especially given how hard it was to read. One-hundred and eight pages in and I gave up, not because it was a bad book, but because I just wasn’t getting anything useful out of it. I was only a third of the way through (already over five hours) and that 5000-piece puzzle I was sorting through wasn’t giving up any edge pieces for me to start to see the picture. Maybe I need something easier to start the subject with?
Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of fascinating information, little tidbits that never occurred to me about the differing sects of Christianity and how they grew up and evolved in different cultures. It was just that I couldn’t put any of the information into any context that would help me today. I felt lost the whole time I was reading it.
I believe I got more out of the introduction to the text than the text itself, and that’s ok. I know of the book and some of what the author was trying to do. I know a little of the history of it and why it was important. The details must not be something I need at the moment.
In the future, maybe I’ll look up some articles or videos that explain it more in, but for now, I don’t see a reason to spend ten more hours of my precious reading time here.
A lack of interest is a legitimate reason not to finish a book and a DNF does not mean a failure to complete. I cannot read every book ever written, even if I limited it to books that I know are amazing classics. There just isn’t the time available in one life! Like most things in life, I must be consciously selective. This book isn’t serving me, so I’m setting it aside.
What’s next? (Shuffles through the ever-expanding shelves of her TBR pile) Ahh… “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. I love that guy!