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When do you give up? Or do you?

...on a book that fails to capture your interest, that is. I  am reading something now that is really Meh. I only read when I am brushing my hair or teeth or flossing, which means I don't spend a lot of time at it, but usually, I dawdle a bit over my tasks if the reading matter interests me. In  this case, I just stop wherever I am on the page, even in the middle of a sentence.

I am contemplating moving on to something else, but another part of me thinks I should just keep going with it because it isn't like it is awful, I am just not that into the subject matter and am perhaps a bit criticial of it (the story is set in France, and Carcassonne, my husband's birthplace, figures quite heavily in it, which should make it interesting) but the mystical elements and the religious wars part of....yeah, just don"t feel like something I want to invest in now.

I have been reading ( the umpteenth time for me) The Chronicles of Narnia to Sprout (her first time, and she loves thme as much as I hoped she would), and I think the direct style (some would say "telling") and elegant simplicity of C.S. Lewis' prose really makes what this other author is doing feel overblown and melodramtic. I know styles have changed and the subject matter is not at all the same, but class is classy and doesn't age.

C.S. Lewis is one of those writers who makes me want to write and yet intimidates the socks off me.

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judo100
Jun. 9th, 2020 08:58 pm (UTC)
When I was younger, I would usually finish a book I started, even if I didn't enjoy it. (Well, if I'd read more than just the first couple of pages, that is. Everyone can try a page or two as a test without any expectation of reading further.) Somehow I felt like if I'd read a third or half the book, I should go ahead and finish it. I read fast, so it didn't usually take too long to do so.

In recent years, though, I'm much more willing to give up on a book at any point, even more than half way through. If I've given it a shot and it hasn't grabbed me, off it goes. I'm not sure if my expectations are higher now, or I'm just more critical and less willing to put up with something I don't like. I'm concerned that i'm becoming crotchety and unwilling to deal with things that are not comfortable for me. But then again, some books are just not worth the time. So either decision you make is fine.
mnfaure
Jun. 10th, 2020 04:13 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. I once knew a woman who would read teh last chapter first to see if she wanted to give a book her time. While I hope to never get to that point, I do now see the value in just moving on because my time is very limited and why finish a book just because I started it. That no longer feels like a valid argument; nor does: "It might get better."
judo100
Jun. 10th, 2020 07:29 pm (UTC)
I know a few people who also read the last chapter first, but I think that would ruin the book for me. I'd rather not read it at all than do that. Occasionally after finishing a really good book, I'll go back and reread some or most of it to see how the plot was put together and review some details, but that's a different thing altogether.

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  • 10 Jun 2020, 19:29
    I know a few people who also read the last chapter first, but I think that would ruin the book for me. I'd rather not read it at all than do that. Occasionally after finishing a really good book,…
  • 10 Jun 2020, 16:13
    I know exactly what you mean. I once knew a woman who would read teh last chapter first to see if she wanted to give a book her time. While I hope to never get to that point, I do now see the value…
  • 9 Jun 2020, 20:58
    When I was younger, I would usually finish a book I started, even if I didn't enjoy it. (Well, if I'd read more than just the first couple of pages, that is. Everyone can try a page or two as a test…
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