Let’s talk… Starter or Finisher?

I went out to lunch with my best friend (hi Shelby!) and she brought up this question: are you a starter or a finisher? We talked about it a little bit, but I felt like I wanted to talk about it on here, so here we are.

I am a finisher. There, I said it. If you know me, you know it kills my soul to not finish a book I started, even if I absolutely 100% hated it. I feel like, by not finishing the book, I don’t give it the full opportunity to wow me, and that just isn’t fair. My best friend is a starter, if the book doesn’t impress her within the first 50 or so pages, she’s out.

I also see the future. I mean, not really because I have zero psychic abilities, but I have dreams that I can see for myself. I dream that this blog will become something more. I want to get to a point where I have more than my best friend and grandmother stopping by, where people can come and talk about books and feel accepted, even when they give an alternative viewpoint. I also dream of writing a book, of being a chemist, of being a mother/wife (not in that order). But I see so much more out of my life, I see the end goal, and I guess I never realized how much groundwork goes into those dreams.

But I am starting (hehe) to realize that I want to be a starter. For the past few days, I have been saying the phrase “I am more.” To me, that means that I am more than my past, that I am more than my mental health, that I am more than my job, that I am more than the box people put me in. I am more. I have started to write, started to think about my next steps, started to make my dreams a little less dream-like.

So when it comes to being a starter or a finisher, I want to be both. I refuse to let those labels define me as a person. But let’s be real, I will always be a finisher when it comes to books. That is a promise I will always give to you guys. I won’t give up when the going gets tough, I will always try to get through the book (is that sacrilegious to say?) in order to give you a review. And let’s be real, I think reviews are always better when you completely hate the book. Just me? Oh well!

If you have any thoughts or ideas, or just want to tell me which one oh are, feel free to leave them in the comments. And as always, if you have any questions and would like to talk to me personally, e-mail me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. I’ll see you all at the next book!

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