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  • #13483
    Valerie B
    Host/Mod

    Let’s get into this, ladies. What do you think; is putting down a book unfinished OK in your mind? Or do you finish all books you start, even if you’re not into them?

  • #13542
    Savanna Bergheger
    Participant

    I try not to put a book down too soon. I try to push through a few more chapters when I start losing interest, but if I’m not feeling it by then, I just lose focus and can’t concentrate on the book anymore. I feel like I’m wasting my time because I know I won’t retain anything after I’ve decided I don’t like it. I’d rather focus on a book I’m more into ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #13696
    Katherine Brandt
    Participant

    This one is hard for me. I love when people say that life is too short to read bad books. But I also know that I’ve read some really great books that were super slow starters. I think it depends on if it was a recommendation from someone I trust or if I just picked it up randomly at the library. If someone recommended it to me I usually push through if for no other reason than I want to be sure I can tell them why I hated it when I go back to them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #13697
    Jennifer McCord
    Participant

    There are far too many books I want to read for me to force myself to make it through a book that I’m really not enjoying. That being said, I try to give each story a fair shot. I don’t generally quit a book less than 100 pages into it. If it’s the first book of a series, I’m going to finish it even if I’m not super into it.

    I think it depends on why you don’t like the book, too. Is it super slow-paced and you feel like nothing’s happening? Maybe give it some more time to see if they just needed time to build things up. Is it just poorly written? You don’t need to read 200 pages to tell you hate an author’s style of writing, like if the dialogue is really unnatural and poorly written.

  • #13782
    Erin Woodward
    Host/Mod

    I agree with Jennifer. So many good books out there, nowhere near enough time. If 50 pages in I’m not sold – onto the next.

  • #13973
    Jennifer Jones
    Participant

    I really love when someone says life is too short to read bad books and I have tried really hard to internalize this. However, I personally have found it impossible to put a book down unfinished. Every time I think “maybe it’ll get better.” Maybe I need an intervention!

  • #14614
    Heather Wallis
    Participant

    I cheat…I hate to not finish a book, but if I’m really having trouble finishing it, I read the last chapter, then consider it done! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • #19041
    Hannah B Foley
    Participant

    I hate doing this! Sometimes I read 2 or 3 books at a time and it’s not the best method as I might not pick them up again for a couple of weeks by which time I have forgotten where I was and what the story was about up until that point. With my kindle I find it a lot easier to revert back to. I am trying to be better, but I’ve never left a book unfinished. I’ve always completed them … eventually!

  • #27155
    Tosh Barnes
    Participant

    I really have a hard time doing this. When I was younger (way younger) I found it very easy to just give up and move on to the next and found that it was really because I didn’t give the book a chance. Now I really try to give it a chance best that I can. I was a little scared about joining a book club with the fear of “What if I don’t like the book?” of “What if I cannot finish the book as I am not interested in it?” I felt that I would be letting down all of you ladies, but so far so good. There have been a couple books I had a hard time getting into, but it was not so bad in the end. I truly feel that if you have given it all you can that it is okay to leave it unfinished.

  • #30676
    Gail Seanor
    Participant

    I’m like Hannah in this case. I’ll pick up another and start reading it also. I eventually finish it. I think there’s only 1 book I never finished. It was so bad I can’t even remember the name.

  • #31517
    alexrost
    Participant

    If I don’t love it 50 pages in, I give up on it. There are amazing books out there that will hold your interest from page one. A book I recently read was so good I could barely put it down. That’s what I’m looking for every time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #32829
    Amy Jasperson
    Participant

    Sometimes I like leaving a book unfinished because I like writing the ending in my mind.

  • #33365
    SCO
    Participant

    I find it easier to not finish if several chapters into it I really haven’t connected with any characters or don’t really care what happens to anyone. Lol, then that book is out…of my mind and house!

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