2/3/10

Throwing in the towel and calling it quits!


No, I'm not giving up on my writing, NEVER!  Bwhahaha!

After reading Suzette Saxton's post over at Shooting Stars last week, "Permission to Quit"  (Sir, yes Sir!)  I find myself asking the same thing.  When do you give up on reading a book that you have to force yourself to finish?  When in a book, is it a fair point that you say; "Ok, this book ______, I'm not going to finish it."  Lately, I would fill in the blank with; stinks, blows or drags.  Sure, I do not expect every book to be "OMG, what happens next!"  but I at least want to look forward to reading just a few minutes before I go to bed.  Recently, two books wore me down and I found myself skipping around, flipping a couple of pages and not really missing much in doing so.  I finished them because, I didn't have anything else to read.

So how do I save myself next time from the dreaded, ugh, I have to read that?  When do you cash in and call it a day?

19 comments :

  1. I have run into this problem recently as well! I gave up after 70 pages, I put in good effort, I still wasn't even half way done with the book and at that point I had figured I gave it a good run. Normally I do 50 but since I had nothing else on my plate I tried to finish it, since I remained bored and unsuccessful so I put it down and picked another one up, and you know what! I can't put it down!!!

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  2. I used to finish every book I started. I made myself. Now that I'm writing more and have less time to read, I'm definitely more picky. I try to finish, but sometimes it doesn't happen. An author's worst nightmare, I know. I get sad every time it happens.

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  3. Whenever I have to force myself to keep reading. There are hoardes of books that I have never finished because they failed to grab me.

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  4. 1/4 to 1/3 of the way in, if it hasn't grabbed me, I skim to the end (can't live with not knowing how it ends) and call it a day. Too many good books out there waiting to be read.

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  5. One of my friends uses this guide: if you're under 25, give a book 100 pages to hook you; if you're 26+, give it 50.

    I guess her thinking is that less experienced readers often give up too easily, and more experienced readers are too forgiving of bad writing.

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  6. Funny, I've been thinking the same thing lately. I've struggled to get through this one book by a best selling author because a friend of mine recommended it. Yet, it's been months and I just can't get into the story. Enough's enough. I haven't allowed myself the luxury of reading another novel because I had to finish this one first, but last week I decided it wasn't worth my time. I want to read something new. It pains me to put that book away, but that's just the way it goes sometimes.

    Lynnette Labelle
    http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

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  7. If I'm having to shuffle through and it's not getting better, I quit. I'm a big quitter in this arena (unless the one who recommended it told me it was slow but gets better). The book has to hook me.
    Winged Writer

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  8. There have been instances where it simply wasn't the right time for you to read the book. If you aren't enjoying it, put it aside for a later date. Books are supposed to be entertaining and you are not required to read them, so if you don't feel like it, Don't. Maybe when you come back to it, you'll find yourself enjoying it more.

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  9. I just put a book down two days ago. It was painful, but I dreaded picking it up again. So I'm rereading The Hunger Games instead and am happy as a clam.

    What a weird saying.

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  10. can't wait for your review on hush, hush.

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  11. I dragged myself through reading Son of Witch because I thought that at some point SOMETHING was going to happen to make it worth my time...

    ...and it didn't.

    For some reason, I still picked up the sequel about the cowardly Lion, but I started reading it and put it down about half a year ago, and haven't felt compelled to pick it up since. It's just sitting in my armchair, staring at me in accusation, but I could just care less. Thank Goodness it was a bargain book and I only lost six dollars on it! Maybe someday I'll be bored enough to finish it... but today is not that day, and I'm okay with it!

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  12. I also have finished every book I've started, but some have involved some serious skimming. I treat reading books like a lot of the things in my life, if you commit to something then you must see it through to the end. It's painful sometimes, but that's the way I'm wired.

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  13. I'm so happy to see I'm not the only one to struggle with this. Let's all make a vow, if it stinks after 50 drop like bad prom date. Only go to 100 pages if the friend you borrowed it from promises you it gets better.

    It doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad book, because sometimes I find the story just is not for me. Only vary rarely has the book been bad due to the writing. Let's recycle these books to a local charity or used book store so we don't have them lingering around, adding to our guilt.

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  14. Life is too short to read bad books. Though you can learn what NOT to do by reading them, so maybe it's not a total loss.

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  15. I'm in the habit of finishing every book I start, because that's what my parents taught me to do.

    Thankfully, from taking up writing, I've actually learned how to buy books much better than I used to, so I'm finding it a less frequent occurrence than I used to that I don't really like a book.

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  16. I'm so glad to see you posting about this! I think we're starting a new revolution, you and I. You've inspired me to do another post in a similar vein, though perhaps a bit more controversial...

    I love your blog. My daughter and I are listening to your playlist while she does her dish chore.

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  17. Suzette - Viva la revolucion! No more bad books! Cool with the new post, I can't wait to read. I hope you enjoyed my tunes, I do.

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  18. I enjoyed them very much, thank you!

    Revolucion, here I come. Will be blogging about you tomorrow!

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  19. Since becoming more intense in my own writing effort I find I am less patient with "bad" books. I keep thinking I should be writing instead of reading a book that is not worth my time. So, yes, I have given up on many books. There's a few very poorly written ones that I continue to the end so I can make fun of them secretly to myself or exclaim to my husband, "Can you believe this sentence--it's ridiculous" or "This plot line makes no sense." But his answer is always, "And how many books have you published?" so I've stopped that.

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