Do you ever just give up on a book when you don't like it?
Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:54 AM
I was never one to quit a book, even a bad one. I don't have any kind of must-always-finish-a-book agenda or anything. I'd just always push through to the end. Maybe there was something of the optimist in me thinking/hoping that it would ultimately be redeemed by some greatness (or at least good) in the end.
Well . . . maybe I'm getting old or literary optimism is waning? I am reading two, TWO, books right now and I just don't even want to finish them. I actually have three going right now and that's typical -- four if you count the read aloud. One is a reread for lent and is just as great now as the last time I read it. The read aloud is great, too. But the other two are wasting my time.
One is supposed to be a mystery. I picked it up b/c I thought my daughter and I would like it. I can't recall the title just now but it's supposed to feature The Inklings (the writing club J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis were in). We had learned about The Inklings and when I ran across the title, couldn't wait to read the book. But it is sooooo boring! I find myself wanting to throw it away but keep going back to it hoping that it'll redeem itself. It hasn't, though.
Ditto for The Princess Bride. I loved the movie and you know the book is always better, right? No. It has the feel of a book that was written after the movie/screenplay, probably was, and while it follows the movie almost perfectly, it's just lame. I keep thinking that it'll reach out and grab me but it just won't.
Why can't I just put them down and move on? Can you?
Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:57 AM
Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:02 AM
Other times, if I'm really not able to engage, I will let a book go and not look back. It hasn't been often, but I can see it becoming something that I will do more in the future because I'm realizing my free time is so limited that I'd rather not waste it. You can't get the time back, and by pushing myself through a terrible book, I may be missing a great one.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:21 AM
Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:22 AM
I will often stop a book and put it aside if it's one that is notoriously good or worthwhile (recommendations, reviews, etc). Water for Elephants was my latest.
I recently began Water for Elephants and sat it aside as well. I just couldn't get into it.....but I've heard great reviews for it.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:23 AM
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:30 AM
Maybe there's something in the air.
ETA: I loved, loved, loved The Princess Bride as a book--just had to throw that in there....
Edited by Garga, 12 April 2011 - 09:40 AM.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:31 AM
I don't read as many books just for myself so there aren't as many that I've just given up on. The last one I can remember letting go was Elizabeth Peters' Crocodile on the Sandbank. It just didn't grab me. I agree that there are so many other books to enjoy that I don't spend my time on one that I don't like.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:48 AM
Yep! There are too many great books to waste my time on crappy ones
Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:51 AM
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:22 AM
I just couldn't take it. There are SO MANY WORDS! Even when the characters are speaking they are describing something. Gah! My dad says this is the beauty of Tolkien but it made me insane. The audio books are much more tolerable. Although, even those made me so sleepy in the car while I was driving I had to turn them off!
I agree, there are too many good books to waste time on the bad ones. Don't worry about it! Find something more enjoyable!
Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:26 AM
Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:50 AM
When my children were younger, we would not finish every book either. Some books are just not worthy of my time.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:56 AM
Yes, I do. Why waste time on something that doesn't satisfy? Sometimes I skip parts of a book that bore me, too. I've skipped huge chapters when I was reading "Lord of the Rings" series. I mean, who really cares about the history of those obscure little towns they walked through?
Oh thank you!!! I'm using Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings as my ds14's freshman english and I'm going crazy!! I wouldn't have finished this series if I was just reading it for fun. We have 3 and a half chapters left of the last book and we're DONE! YAY!!!! Okay, sorry, but I really am beyond ready for this to be over.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:31 PM
However, as has been mentioned already, sometimes I think it's a book I may like, but I'm just not the mood/mindset to read it. In cases like that, I usually quit reading, but write the book on a list of books I might like to try again later. I don't necessarily get around to ever reading those books, but I like knowing I've listed them as a possibility.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:36 PM
I have tried to read Tale of Two Cities on more than one occasion and just can't do it. I don't like Dickens actually and have had this experience with everything of his I have tried to read.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:50 PM
Yes, I do and I don't force my children to read anything they really hate either.
but that only holds for dd11.
Ds is slogging through Dante's Inferno right now for AP Lit, poor guy.
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 02:39 PM
I told me kids they could read it to themselves but I'm getting another book to read aloud!
I have an easier time giving up on books that I read because I have nothing to lose! I just got back from vacation and my beach book was The Gatehouse by Nelson DeMille. It was the sequel to The Gold Coast which I enjoyed very much. I switched to Ashes and was not disappointed.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 02:56 PM
My time is valuable, not for wasting on a book I don't like (novel) or am bored by (non-fiction).
Posted 12 April 2011 - 03:01 PM
I so wish I could put down the book, "Five Little Peppers Midway". But it's the choice of my eldest, and my youngest is even paying attention. It's a audio book so I listen with them, but tune out as much as possible. I know it's a bad example. Please don't tell on me.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 03:13 PM
I even made it through Jules Verne's Mysterious Island. What a weird book.
The only one I tossed was Wicked.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 03:14 PM
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:23 PM
What was another one? ::thinking, thinking:: Ink something...Inkspot, Ink...drat, y'all know what it is. I wanted to like it, and I kept reading until the bitter end, but it was a dog. Ditto Redwall.
Ah, Inkheart or Inkspell? I was going to download that as an audiobook. I think I'll check it out from the library first so I don't waste my money!
Posted 12 April 2011 - 07:35 PM
It works for books and so much else.