Monday Musings – Giving up

What does it take for you to give up on a book you’re reading?

These days, less and less. I had a rule about getting to page 100 of a book before giving up, but now I’m going to revise that one to page 100 or 25% of the book’s length, whichever is shorter, as I have had some real stinkers of short books recently.

I’ve given up on books recently for:

– impenetrable dialogue – After the Rains (review this week)

– narrators who are deeply unpleasant – Boiled Peanuts (rejected for review), among several others this year (Deliver Us From Evil, Snapshot)

– staccato point of view changes – I gave up on Almost Blue (review this week) because the POV changed about every 3 pages, and two were told in the first person so it took some time to figure out who was speaking

and within the last year for:

– overly smug writing – Absolute Friends

– proselytising – Book of Days and No Safe Haven (note: I had no problems at all with The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance)

– unfunny humour – Molvania

I’m coming to the conclusion that, as Lizzy Siddal put it on Twitter to me the other day, “the TBR is too high and life is too short!”


6 thoughts on “Monday Musings – Giving up

  1. The Book Whisperer 26 September 2011 at 3:08 pm Reply

    Lizzy has always been a wize woman! And let’s face it, she has more books than me (and that’s saying something!)

    I am having exactly the same trouble at the moment. I don’t know if it’s just me and my brain but for the last 10 days I must have started at least 3 books, got to just over 100 pages and then dumped it. Some I don’t even get past page 30. It’s starting to freak me out – I wanna read a good book!!! 😦

    • readingwithtea 26 September 2011 at 4:33 pm Reply

      I know – I’ve had 3 DNFs in quick succession and my first refused review. Anyway. I opened a non-fiction piece on immigration in the USA and am finding it fascinating. Maybe low expectations = high enjoyment?

  2. Valentina 26 September 2011 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Oh, yes, smug writing is just awful. Completely agree.

    Here’s mine:

  3. Debbie Rodgers 26 September 2011 at 7:40 pm Reply

    Used to be, once I started a book, I finished it. BUt now- especially over the last couple of years — I’m discarding books often. Sorry I haven’t kept track of why: sometimes I find it’s a genre I didn’t expect and don’t like, sometimes it’s the writing style…Time IS really too short.

  4. Rebecca H. 27 September 2011 at 1:34 am Reply

    I don’t give up on books often because I don’t dislike many that badly, but when I do give up on a book it’s because it’s long and draggy. I hate the thought of being stuck with something I’m not enjoying for 400, 500, 600+ pages. If a book is short, I’m much more likely to stick with it, because the pain won’t last as long! I should get pickier though, because I really don’t want to waste reading time.

  5. Chelsea 30 September 2011 at 7:15 pm Reply

    ““the TBR is too high and life is too short!”” Amen, sister(s)! That looks weird, but I’m not sure how to agree with both people involved in a re-post! I also totally approve of the 25% rule: that’s something my mom has been doing for years, and taught to me, and it’s saved me some sure-to-be major headaches from books that just weren’t for me (at that time, anyway…)

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