“I firmly believe every book was meant to be written.” – Marchette Chute
Recently I ran across When to Put a Book Down on wsl.com. The article addressed the question of how many pages to invest in a book that you aren’t enjoying before giving up. For me this is a dilemma.
I have only given up on a few books before reaching the end. Maybe knowing firsthand the amount of work involved in writing makes me feel as if I have to give every book I pick up a fair chance. I convince myself that if I keep going, the story or characters will eventually grab me. When I’m having trouble getting into a book that comes highly recommended, I feel as though I must be missing something and keep reading in search of what that something is.
Nine times out of ten, if I don’t like the book by the first fifty pages, I’m not going to like it period. Yet I continue to slog through it and upon reading that last page, I want to throw the book across the room and scream, “Why did I waste my time on this!”
Of course, there’s that one in ten that comes along and I reach the end and think, “Wow, that was a good book, after all. I’m glad I stuck with it.”
Cynthia Crossen, the author of the article, expressed my own feelings very well when she said, “But I never feel good about stopping. Whoever's to blame—the author or me—something has failed. It's especially dispiriting when the book has been pressed into your hands by a trusted friend.”
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