Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Giving up on books

Today I have finished one book I really didn't like, and just completely given up on another, and it got me thinking. Why do we force ourselves through bad books? Why is it only some we give up on while we force ourselves through something we find truly boring.

The book I gave up on was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, so a very hyped up book. I tried so hard to finish it because I know so many people adore it, and I was trying to find some redeeming qualities, but in the end I just couldn't do it. It was a really long book as well, so I think that is the main reason that I gave up on it. I found myself not even trying it pick it up for ages, and I could never find the motivation to actually want to read it.

The one I just managed to finish was Tithe by Holly Black. I know so many people love her, but every book I've read by her I just haven't enjoyed. This book was shorter, so it was quite easy to get through when I managed to actually read it. I don't think I'll be continuing on with the series, which I usually do try and do if I read the first book in a series.

So what I managed to work out is that I'll only really continue with a book I'm not enjoying if it's pretty short, and I will probably try and read more if lots of people are recommending it to people. I think a lot of people depend on the format of the story as well, which might be for me as well, as I read Tithe on my phone, so I had more access to it than anything else these last few days.

What about you? Do you force yourself to finish books you don't like? Are you more likely to try harder if they have a lot of hype? And are there any books you have given up on recently?

1 comment:

  1. I totally understand that feeling. I read Tithe too, and I didn't particularly enjoy it. Like you, I forced myself to finish it because it was short. But there are some books that I just get frustrated with and don't feel like finishing. Usually I just read the last few pages before closing it for good.