We’ve all been there. You start reading a book and aren’t immediately hooked. Maybe it’s the plot, maybe it’s the characters, maybe it’s the writing style. Whatever it is, you’re just not into it. You keep reading, determined that your opinion will change…but sadly it does not. Do you keep reading? Do you close the cover and move on to a new book? Do you keep that book on your nightstand for another 2 months “just in case” you decide to try it again?
I am a firm believer that there are WAY too many wonderful books out there to waste my time reading one that I’m not into. With 2 young children, my reading window is small enough…why waste the time I do have on a book that I don’t care about? I used to feel so guilty when I would stop reading a book before I finished it. Now I am in the mindset where my time is too valuable to waste it on something I don’t enjoy (this also just happens to be my mindest for life in general).
I have a rule for myself to give a book 100 pages before making any judgments. That allows time for characters to be introduced, background information to be shared, plots to take hold, etc. If I make it to page 100 and I still don’t love it…good-bye. Book closed, moving on.
There are absolutely exceptions to that rule. There are times where I will push through…especially if a book has come highly recommended. Rarely does a book turn itself around for me although it is quite exciting when it does! I also have broken my rule going the other way and have stopped reading a book after only a few pages in. Sometimes when you know…you just know 🙂
So tell me…what do you do? Forge through or abandon ship? How do you determine what’s best for you? Any books you almost abandoned after starting that turned out to be amazing? I would love to discuss in the comments!