Friday, August 27, 2010
Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme. Anyone can play along. Just answer the following:
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?
I read for enjoyment. Thus, if I am not enjoying the book I am reading, I will stop mid-way. Maybe not even "mid-way" if I haven't gotten there yet. I try to give a book 50 pages. If after 50 pages I am still not enjoying it, I'll probably throw in the towel.
The difficult part is when I am reading the book for a review. If I don't like the book, it is really hard to keep reading. But if I'm doing a review, I kind of feel obligated to finish it.... which is why I have been very selective about which books I agree to review.
I feel very blessed to be able to review books for authors and publishers. Reading is a favorite pastime of mine. If it starts feeling like a chore, then it is no longer enjoyable. So, if a book does not seem like something I would be interested in reading, it is probable that I will not agree to review it.
Sci-fi, urban fantasy, heavy romance.... it is highly unlikely that I would be reading any of these in the first place.
If I am reading a book for a review and I really don't like it, I really try to get through to the end. Only because I have already committed myself to do the review.
If I am reading a book for my own pleasure, I'm most likely reading something I know I'm going to like, so it probably isn't too hard to "get through". Of course, there's always the rare case where I pick a book from the library, and it just is not what I thought it was going to be. In that case, I will stop reading. There are too many good books on my TBR list to waste my time on something I don't really like.