Booking Through Thursday

If you’re not enjoying a book, will you stop mid-way? Or do you push through to the end? What makes you decide to stop?

First of all, I avoid genres I know I don’t like such as horror and romance. Then, I do research for books that sound interesting; I read blog reviews and check out the Amazon stars and reviews. Here, even a negative review can be informative. Sometimes a reviewer was expecting something else or they might just have different tastes from mine. (An urban fantasy without a romance?? That’s very much for me!) I also tend to read sample pages when they are available. So, these days it’s actually pretty rare for me to get a book that I can’t finish.

But yeah, I’ll give the book about 100 pages or so to entertain me enough to finish. Yup, that even applies for door-stopper epic fantasy.

I’ll stop reading if I’m bored, if I’m wishing I would be reading something else instead, if there are scenes that trigger my yuck-reflex, such as people eating their own shit (clearly Banks traumatized me ;)), if it’s too predictable or formulaic, or if the setting doesn’t make any sense (5,000 years goes by and everything is the same: culture, customs, language, even the goddamn ruling bloodline!).

These can’t be very rigorous rules, though, since I tend to finish a lot of books.