Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about sticking with it…
How much time (or how many pages) do you give a book that you aren’t really enjoying before you’ll set it aside? If you’re reading it for a book group discussion, or for review, will you give it more of a chance than, say, a book you’re reading for your own interest? Why, or why not? (courtesy of MizB)
It’s rare that I don’t finish a book I’ve started. I think it’s happened twice in the last three years. In general, I will plow through, either hoping it will get better or just to finish it and move on. I tend to find something redeeming to most books, though, something that makes it worth reading for me. I know there are millions of books out there waiting to be read, but I also know I’m never going to get to them all. Who knows when a surprise twist in the last chapter will make it all worthwhile?
If I’m reading it for a book group, I will finish it once I start it, simply because I don’t want someone else to be the only one to have read it. It stinks when there’s no one to discuss a book group selection with.
I think I gave the last book I didn’t finish over 100 pages before I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was reading it for my own enjoyment, but I didn’t care about the plot or the setting. I didn’t care who the killer was or what a certain plant had to do with the whole thing. I didn’t like any of the characters, but I didn’t dislike them enough, either. I guess that’s the point. If I just don’t care at all about any of it and am not enjoying it, why should I read it?