When do you stop reading a book?

When do you stop reading a book?

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?

Enjoy this post? Click like on the Hammervision Facebook page and join the party.

And, for more movie/TV commentary and other mischief, follow us on Twitter: @JulieHammerle and @Hammervision

Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Leave a comment