Rarely do I stop reading a book halfway through. I usually either quit after a couple of chapters because it just doesn't appeal to me for whatever reason, or else I finish the book. But today, I quit reading this book. Right in the middle of a short story, in fact.
Because the stories were following an alarming trend. Bad things kept happening. And then worse things. People died, people were mistreated, children died, children were mistreated... it was horribly depressing! And each story seemed to get darker and sadder. So I quit. Because the last two books I read were sad and dark, and I was hoping that this would be an antidote for the gloom left in my imagination by the previous books. But instead, it deepened the gloom. So I'm giving it up in favor of a nice, cheerful murder mystery.
The trouble is, these stories are quite well written. The characters are believable and relatable, especially the titular heroine of "Lois the Witch." And then all manner of horrid things befall these nice people, and I kept getting sadder and sadder. Sometimes I'm in the mood for sad. But this is not that time.
Kara of Flowers of Quiet Happiness did a post today asking her readers if they are "moody readers." And I am. If I'm not in the mood for a book, I don't enjoy it much. So I'll usually set it aside for another time. Because this is a library book, I'll just return it, and try another of Elizabeth Gaskell's books some other time. If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them, as this is the first thing of hers I've read.