Friday, February 13, 2015

I can't read on!


Ever read half a book and not be able to finish it? The book may be well written, its characters may be interesting, and the premise may be intriguing, but for some reason you just don’t have any desire to go on.

This happened to me recently, and I felt so guilty that I couldn’t move the book from my reading table back to the bookshelf. And until I moved the book, I couldn’t start another. For two or three days I struggled to pick up the book, but before I had read three pages The New Yorker would lure me away.

I can usually understand why a book didn’t hold my interest, but it’s harder to comprehend why I feel guilty about abandoning it.

Have you ever stopped reading a book in which you’ve read way beyond the opening pages? Did you find it hard to put aside?  

12 comments:

Helen Osterman said...

I usually give a book 50 pages. That's pretty generous, because time is precious. If I can't get into it by then, I put it down with ne regrets.

Helen Osterman said...

I usually give a book 50 pages. That's pretty generous, because time is precious. If I can't get into it by then, I put it down with no regrets.

April Knight said...

Yes, some books are just a waste of time and I usually skip to the last page and read it and then toss the book....and yes, I feel a little guilty. I was raised in a home where you felt guilty for not cleaning your plate and 500 other things and not finishing something you started was the 10th Deadly Sin.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Usually, I read the first chapter and see if it holds my interest. But I don't abandon it there. I read on for a few more and if it still doesn't posses a "hook" for me, I put it down. That rarely happens, however.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

PS: Ooops - possess. Sorry.

John M. Wills said...

I've lost interest in a book, but felt guilty about not reading it to the end. I think my motive was the author's hard work in completing the book.

Cindy Ladage said...

I give it the first few chapters and if it doesn't catch my attention I feel it is not worth the time to finish it. Even though the guilt is there because you know how much time the writer invested. Also, I remember that each reader has different interests so just because the book was not my cup of tea doesn't mean it may not be someone elses.

Tekla said...

I feel most guilty about a book someone I trust recommends especially when she asks what I think of it. But if I don't like a book I skim it to see if it warrants any attention. I hope none of my books do this to others. Happy Valentine's Day!

Amy Bennett said...

I, too, hate to leave anything unfinished, even a book that is just badly written or boring (or both!) But it's worse when the book is either written by a friend (present company excepted, of course... OTP authors don't write such books!) or comes highly recommended from a friend on whose opinion I would stake my life. The reason it's worse is because they will seek you out and ask how you liked it.

This is where I honed my fiction-writing skills.

Nancy LiPetri said...

I like the rule of thumb to give a book 50 pages, or your age in pages, whichever is shortest, because life's too short to waste time on a dull story. Have to admit I had that problem of feeling guilty not finishing a Fannie Flagg novel recently, because a friend loaned it to me. So I skimmed the boring middle, and then the last quarter was better and I was glad I didn't miss out on what I learned there about women flying in WWII.

Holli Castillo said...

I have a thing about finishing a book. If I get through the first five or so pages, I will force myself to finish it. There have been a few books I didn't get past the first few pages, though.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Sometimes I put the book down and then later go back to it. It may be more a function of my interests at the time and less a function of the book itself. Beryl