When I was in sixth grade, my teacher impressed on me that once you started reading a book, you had a “moral obligation” to finish it. One evening, after I was married, I was struggling to finish a 500 page book I was definitely not enjoying. My Better Half advised me to “Go ahead and quit!” When I told him I had to finish it, he said,” There are too many good books ‘out there’ to waste your time on one you don’t like.” Those words of wisdom led to my fifty page rule: If an author doesn’t capture my attention in the first fifty pages, I can categorize it a DNF (did not finish) and toss it aside.

This year (2020) I began the 2020 Alphabet Challenge, Author Edition

I had successfully completed (in a year) the same challenge, only the Titles Edition in 2019, that I thought this one would be a piece of cake. Sadly, I have completed “M” and am so “done.” Perhaps I shall resurrect the rest of this challenge in 2021, but for now, I am bidding it farewell. It was a lot of fun, but for now, I’ll take a break. The thing that encouraged me to take this step is that more than one of you mentioned on your blog or a reply to one of our posts that sometimes you didn’t finish a challenge, that reading the books you chose for the challenge was enough, that the challenge had “served its purpose.” Thank you, sweet blogging friends, for letting me off the hook. Knowing me, I will finish the challenge at a later date, but for now I am set free to adopt another challenge if I feel like it.

Keep on reading!


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. I think that is wonderful. Sometimes we try things and we see that something is not for us. Life’s too short to continue to do things that do not satisfy us, I think. And perhaps we have accomplished all we can. I remember learning to play guitar. Day after day, I got better and better. And then I didn’t. I flatlined. I still enjoy playing guitar now and then, but I see that I will always be the sort (not-very-good-but-that’s-okay-too) of guitar player I am.

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  2. To those who haven’t changed their minds on anything recently, are you sure you can? Good for your husband. A friend challenged me to read a book and I dreaded the first hundred pages, would you belive shortly after that I couldn’t put it down and read the other seven hundred rather quickly. There is always the exception to the rule. 😉


  3. I’m with you! I have a teetering TBR pile FULL of exciting-looking books that need my attention and not enough years to complete it, so I’m absolutely not wasting time on anything I don’t enjoy:)).


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