Friday, October 15, 2010

Book Blogger Hop Oct. 15 - 18: Stick It Out or Move On

Book Blogger Hop This weeks Book Blogger Hop question is: .
"When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"
This really is an excellent question.  I think a lot of readers grapple with this issue.  Personally, if a book doesn't have my attention, for whatever reason, fairly early on - it's probably not going to grab me.  For the most part, I will set the book aside and move on to another one that I want to read.  There are so many great books and so many that I want to read or even re-read, that I just can't spend my time on a book I really don't like or just can't get involved with

Of course, there are a couple of exceptions.  One, if it's a book I've agreed to read and review, I stick it out and then review it.  As a writer, I know how important feedback is to all involved in the process; writer, publisher, booksellers, etc.

Another time I'll make an exception is when someone whose opinion I value tells me it's worth it to stick it out with the book.  I don't always end up agreeing with whomever but more times than not - in these instances - I have been glad that I kept with the book. 

Generally speaking, I do move on, though.  How about you?


  1. I don't like wasting my time on books I'm having a hard time reading, so generally if I still can't get into a book after 50 to 100 pages, I call it quits. If it's for review though, I do try to finish it :)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Maybe my TBR pile wouldn't be so large if I didn't stubbornly wade through every single book that I can get my hands on whether I'm enjoying it or not lol

  3. I have the inexplicable readers' guilt complex that means I find it difficult to give up on a book, even a library book which I have invested no money into. Which is silly really as I could be using that time reading something I like better.

  4. i finish the vast majority of the books I read. that said, there's plenty that go back to the library unfinished, or I bought them and their just not for me and i trade them at the used bookstore.

    if i slog it out, and book is just OK, or not so hot, you'll know it by my review!

  5. I let myself give up at 100 pages, but I have to really not like the book. If I have the slightest interest I'll carry on.

  6. Do you still review it if you hated a book you got for review, or are you more hesitant as an author to give negative feedback, knowing how it would effect you?

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  7. Happy Follow Friday!!! Hope you will stop by my blog too! My publisher and I are looking for a group of bloggers for a huge blog tour next year before the release of book two in my 'A Sense of Truth' series! We will be giving out a few more copies of The Thirteenth Chime (we can only give out so many, being open to e-books gives an upper hand) and are still open to all interviews and guest posts. We want to fill up the Amazon page with reviews and try to reach as many people as we can!!! Hope you might consider being a part of the team! Thank you either way!

    Emma Michaels

  8. Thanks to everyone who replied.

    Heather - If I've made a commitment to review a book I definitely do so; even if I didn't like it. The thing is, in that case, I won't just say I didn't like it. Instead, I try to offer the constructive criticism I would appreciate as an author. I know there have been times I haven't realized something was weak until it was pointed out to me.

    Emma - I will definitely check out your blog and The Thirteenth Chime.

  9. Hi! Following you back from the Book Blog Hop!

    I also feel that I must complete a book that an author or publisher sent me. It's only fair because I agreed to read it.