To readers, there is one question that is asked occasionally and can pose serious reader consequences. Should I finish this book or should I stop immediately before I die of boredom?
I had started this post recently, when I came across another book blogger’s post (Books Speak Volumes) on the same topic. And if you’re interested in books, which could be why you are reading this post, you should check out her blog as well because it’s one of my favorites.
Anyway, here’s the scenario:
You start a book and realize you are not a fan. What do you do? Allow yourself to stop reading or do you keep pressing through it in hopes that it gets better?
I will almost always read to page 100, in hopes that my lack of interest stems from being introduced to the book. I will stop before page 100 if there’s something I can’t stand in the book, like ghosts or witches or a super weak female character who needs help doing absolutely anything.
After I reach page 100, I have to make a choice.
Some people refuse to stop reading and will keep pressing forward. I’ve done this, including with the first 2 50 Shades books (because I kept thinking there HAD to be more story line and less sex as it continued, but I was wrong). In those cases, I read as much and as fast as possible to get the pain over with!
Another tactic I have used is set a plan for reading the rest of the book, like 50 pages today and then I can watch my favorite show on DVR.
However, once I’m 100 pages in, if I’m miserable, then I might stop reading. I have so many books on my to-read list that I would hate to miss out on another book that could be fabulous. I keep thinking of that quote, “so many books, not enough time” and sometimes I worry I won’t ever have enough time. Therefore, why stick with something that’s driving me crazy?
For books I have stopped, I’ll either set them back on the shelf for a later trial or mark them off my list forever and ever.
To finish or not to finish? That is the question!
What are your thoughts on not finishing a book you have started? Do you have a tactic to get through a tough read or do you say “screw it” and move on?
Thanks for reading,
**And as a side note, if you are wondering why I haven’t been as up-to-date with my posts in the past two weeks, I just moved from Florida to Denver, driving across the country, and am just getting settled into my new home!