MizB at Should Be Reading....
"This week’s musing, courtesy of “iamciska.tumbler.com“, asks…
What was the last book you could not finish and why?"
Well, could not finish is maybe a bit strong.
If I really had to, I could have finished it.
It was not that bad.
But I realized I was not really enjoying it that much and decided to give it up.
The book was Sleep No More by Iris Johansen.
And the time was this evening, so it is, indeed, a timely question.
It was not bad, but it was not that great either. The plot just seemed too improbable to me and I can't really say that I was feeling any great attachment to the characters. So I closed the cover.
Or since it was an e-book, I switched the power off, flipped the cover shut.
Bottom line, this evening I followed those wise words..
"Life is too short to be reading a book that you are not enjoying".
But is that always the case?
OK, actually, I frequently do not follow those words.
Way too often I find myself reading books I don't think are that great. And I keep reading them until I come to that very last page.
Now, why is that?
Well, often the book may be one that I accept a copy of in exchange for a review. Unless it is truly bad, I will make my best effort to finish the book.
More rarely, it might be a book that came strongly recommended. I will often keep on reading, hoping it will get better, thinking I must be missing something.
And then there is the situation that once I have invested a certain amount of time in a book, maybe passed that halfway point, I feel a certain pull to finish it, even if I am not loving the book. Otherwise I wasted all that time I already spent..right?
So I waste some more and read the whole thing.
OK, I know it makes little sense.