I’ve been doing this a lot more lately.
There are so many books and I have so little time, I’ve lost my patience for the novels that are barely holding my attention. Maybe that’s not fair. Maybe I should stick around through the bitter end, but once I get to to the point where I know where the book is headed and I’m just not engaged, I find myself checking out early.
I did this with A Casual Vacancy (mostly because it wasn’t the book I thought it would be). I did this with Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More because, well, I was just bored and the main character had no personality and neither did the love interests and I saw where it was going and I was just done. Maybe the book ended up with a Zombpocalypse killing all the main characters, but I guess I’ll never know. I think I’m good with that.
Most recently I’ve decided to bow out early on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. I was promised epic romance and politics and time travel. What I got was 870 pages of low-tension instalove and a main character who was just floating along, being passive. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
So I quit. 34% into the book, I quit.
Have you ever done this? When do you give up on a book?
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