Sunday, September 14, 2014

Do You Finish The Book?



A friend of mine passed on to me a book she had recently finished. She raved about it. One of the greatest books she'd ever read, she insisted. Since it was my genre of choice (contemporary romance), a HEA ending, and an author I'd read often, I couldn't wait to sit down with this latest release.

By the third chapter, I asked myself "why am I reading this book?" By the fourth chapter, I was frustrated and by the fifth, I was ready to put it down. Nevertheless, out of loyalty to an author I admire (and because some day some reader may be evoking the same sentiments about a book I authored), I manged to finish the book, but was terribly disappointed.

Which brings me to a question, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on...when you're midway through a book and decide it's not working for you, do you finish reading it?

Have a great week, Everyone!





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8 comments:

  1. This has happened to me too! I worried I was the only one. Actually, I knew I wasn't. When I started reading a book that almost everyone I know raves about, I did love the beginning. But then . . . as you stated, the frustration and disappointment kept adding up. After reading more than a 100 pages, i finally went to Amazon and read some of the not so great reviews. The majority were written by people like me--a bit confused. In the end, I do see how books are as subjective as art, but it kind of kills me a little when I don't like what a lot of other people like. I do wonder what's wrong with me. And I have to admit I wondered it so much so, that I returned to the book and tried to keep reading. Well, after a few more scenes, I just had to drop the book. It wasn't poorly written by any means, but it did use a lot of bigoted ideas of the past that, as a historian, I know just aren't correct. I know people tend to put history into a simplistic lens, but that is one of my pet peeves. And don't get me started on how much it grates when someone says, "Oh, those were simpler times." Grr. Okay, getting off my soapbox now. Anyway, I've been there. I hate to not read a book, but I realized for some of them, I would have to, so I don't go on a soapbox tirade. Hee-hee!
    Great post, Angela!
    -Lani

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    1. Lani, you are welcome to bring your soapbox to my blog any time you want (smile)…Thanks for visiting today!

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  2. Pre-blogging I finished every single book. I held out hope for a big turn around, a scene that would sway me or that one liner that made it all worth it. As a reviewer, I found this hurt me. Struggling to finish sucks the joy out of reading and who wants to write only negative reviews. I now DNF if a book isn't keeping my interest at around 100 pages. This has been very freeing to me and allowed me to explore genres and authors I might not have previously tried.

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    1. “I held out hope for a big turn around” – that’s kind of how I felt with the book I was reading. Maybe there would be a surprise at the end, but there was no surprise. Thanks for stopping by, Kimba!

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  3. I used to finish every book, no matter what. But I have tried three separate times to read “Moby Dick” because it was highly recommended by an author I admire. Even got it on a disk. But it’s not for me so I gave up. I read books by friends and finish the good ones. The ones I don’t like, I read enough so I can discuss the book. But I no longer plow through something that doesn’t interest me. I don’t have the time, and why read something you’re not enjoying when there’s so many other good books to read?

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    1. "Moby Dick" -- a name from my high school years. Thanks so much, Marion, for visiting!

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  4. Hi, Angela! I usually finish every book I read. And can probably name the 2 I haven't because they just weren't my style. I have to say I've read rock star books this past year and never again.

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    1. Many people have told me that, like you, they persevere with a book even if they're not happy. Thanks, Vicki, for visiting!

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