BTT: Halfway

May 6, 2010

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme.

So … you’re halfway through a book and you’re hating it. It’s boring. It’s trite. It’s badly written. But … you’ve invested all this time to reading the first half.

What do you do? Read the second half? Just to finish out the story? Find out what happens?

Or, cut your losses and dump the second half?

It depends on why I’m reading the book in the first place, but I usually keep reading through the end. I’m generally very story-driven, so if it’s fiction, I want to find out how it ends. If it’s non-fiction, I’ve usually chosen to read it because of something I liked about its subject or author, so I try to finish it through if at all possible; the exception to that is if the book is actually making me angry, in which case I’ll stop reading.

There have been some times where I’ve taken a break in the middle of a book because I wasn’t finding it interesting, and then I just never return to it. Usually this is because I picked something else up in the meantime that turned out to be way more interesting, and I forget about the book I was originally reading.

One Comment

  • Amy May 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    What a great topic. I have such a hard time abandoning a book! Usually I set it aside on the (200+ book) tbr shelf and then it just stays there until I pick it up again, sometime, maybe. Knowing that there are so many books out there that I want to read, this year I actually am trying to get better at dropping a book, especially fiction, that I am just really not liking. Especially like, if you said, it is making me angry!

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