I'd seen the Booking Through Thursday meme around and thought I'd try it out this week. It's an easy question for me:
If you’re not enjoying a book, will you stop mid-way? Or do you push through to the end? What makes you decide to stop?
Oh, stop! I often quit books if they are not holding my interest or are downright annoying me. If it's a novel, I will frequently just skip to the end, see if my predictions are correct, and move on to something new. If it's nonfiction and a topic I am particularly interested in, I may look around in hope of finding something of value.
There are too many books to waste time on bad ones.
Unless, of course, one is in school and the book is required. Then you just have to trust the teacher that it is worth reading. Or, find a teacher who doesn't assign horrid books. I still have the (mental) scars from forcing myself through The Awakening in American Lit so many years ago.
What makes me stop? A predictable plot where I can figure out what's going to happen too early on. Recently I had a book from the library that I could figure out in the first chapter because there were too many clues in the blurb. No, I'm not that clever. It was just so obvious! Cliched writing drives me away. Too much bleakness, or what I call "family tragedy" books where there is just one horrible thing after another happening.
It's a little harder to to determine with nonfiction. If I pick up a nonfiction book it's because the topic interests me. So, bad writing would be the killer. Or extraneous information unnecessary to the topic. Once I started reading a terrific history book that I hoped to pass on to one of my kids. Then suddenly the author threw in a graphic description of sexual activity that was just gratuitous. That was the end of that book.
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