As I have aged, I have become more discriminating in selecting books to read.
I have no qualms about failing to finish reading a mediocre book. I buy no
grocery store fiction. I buy more hardbacks instead of waiting for the cheaper
paperback. Why these changes?
I'm 63, so the number of books I have time left to read is limited. I remember
Julia Child, upon her 60th birthday, decided to buy no more cheap wine. I've
applied the same concept to reading.
First, I estimated my life expectancy. There are many web pages to help you
determine yours: http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/perl/CalcForm.html
Calculate the number of remaining years, and multiply that by the number of
books you normally read in a year. I have under 2,000 to go. With this frame
of reference, the books I find that I enjoy are a higher percentage than
when I was less discriminating in my choices.
Oh yes, I also maintain a list of book I have read, so I don't get to the
thirtieth page to remember that I have read that book.