Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weekend Question?







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Weekend Question?

How do you decide to give up on reading a book?


   For me, if the book doesn't grasp my attention by 75-100 pages than I doubt it will by 200. I have a hard time reading as it is and I don't like to burn myself out on reading books that don't interest me.



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17 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I'm the same way :)

TheBookGirl said...

I used to be obsessive about this and feel like I had to finish every book I started...then I got older, and realized I didn't want to waste time on books that I didn't enjoy.

It's still rare for me to abandon a book, but I do so when i just can't get into it no matter what -- since I've had the experience of liking a book that I previously tried and put down, I tend to give a book two or three gos before I totally give up.

Essie said...

I like to say I follow my mother's old rule of "give it 50 pages, and if you still don't like it, you can give up on it" but, honestly by 50 pages, I almost feel like the book is daring me to finish it against my will. So I will sit down and finish the stupid thing if it kills me. (Although sometimes, I just keep going until I'm so annoyed/disgusted with the book that I can't do it anymore)

Usually, if I give up reading a book, it's within the first 2-3 chapters. I'll skip ahead, skim a page to see if it gets better, realize it doesn't, and give up.

Nina said...

Tough one. I usually don't want to give up and end up reading the whole thing. But nowadays when the characters really irritate me and the plot isn't enganging enough I will stop. :) P.100.

Zibilee said...

I very rarely give up on a book, especially if it's a review book. I have to be able to get through the whole thing in order to critique it, but some are better left unread. Right now I am struggling through a book of essays by a very famous naturist, and I have to read a couple of chapters and then go on to other books in between. It would be so much easier if I could just give it up! I do put down books that aren't working for me if I am reading them for my own pleasure, but I find myself feeling guilty when I do that!

Vasilly said...

Sometimes I give up on a book after a few paragraphs. I know I might not be in the mood for the book, so I usually give it a try later on. There are times when I realize a book is probably not for me and give up within 30-100 pages in.

We Heart YA said...

We don't have a set number of pages, but yeah, if a book doesn't grab us or make us feel something, we'll give up on it. Average is probably... 50 pages? But sometimes if we get the sense that it's going to improve -- like, we see promise, even if what we're reading isn't wowing us -- then we'll stick with it. Or vice versa: if we see NO promise, even if it's only been 10 pages, we might just stop then.

Life is too short and there are too many amazing books to waste your time on one that isn't doing anything for you!

Jenny N. said...

For the most part books that I read are ones I know I will like. I haven't had to give up on many books.Even if I don't really like it I will still stick with it unless is really grating on my nerves or if the book is too gruesome for me.

Blodeuedd said...

If it's a review book I continue on hoping..or give up later on. But with borrowed books, honestly sometimes I just know by page 2, sometimes by page 20. If I can't make it past a few pages then it's not the book for me. So many books so little time

Jamie Kline said...

I certainly understand why you give up on a book if it's not interesting you by page 100, and usually that's a pretty good indicator that the book's not going to get any better. You can read my answer *HERE*

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

I feel the same, once I hit the 100 mark and the book is still not going it for me, I tend to move on.

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

I'm about a 100 page girl myself. Sometimes I do read longer though, because I just WANT the book to be better! haha.

Summer Ross said...

If the first chapter doesn't interest me, I put the book back. However- I read a lot of books that drag on and on for classes and found that by the end of them I am really glad I read it even if the book isn't my style or I'm not interested in the first chapter.

Milli said...

I usually don't ever give up on books. I just have this odd but pervasive feeling, that I NEED to read it until the last page. Or else, I'll be curious for the rest of my life about the ending (and I never flip and cheat). But, sometimes, it just gets so annoying to pick up that certain book. And, I'll probably give it up when it starts to feel like a chore.
C:
This seems like a very awesome meme. Would you mind if I do it too?

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Meredith said...

You make me feel like such a harsh critic! I usually quit within the first twenty pages.

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I'm with you. If 75 - 100 doesnt' do it for me, I move on. Not enough time to waste it!

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

I'm afraid if it doesn't hook me by 30 pages in I might give up. I am not very patient when it comes to starting a book. It really needs to hook me. If I have agreed to review it, I will force myself through it, but when reading for pleasure it must hook me with in the first 30 pages. Sometimes though, I don't give it up entirely. If it is available in audio format I will switch to that. A perfect example of this is Jellico Road--I couldn't get into it while reading it, but I listened to the audio and loved the book. The first 100 pages on that one were tough, but the audio got me through them and I ended up loving the book.