What does it take for you to give up on a book you’re reading?
These days, less and less. I had a rule about getting to page 100 of a book before giving up, but now I’m going to revise that one to page 100 or 25% of the book’s length, whichever is shorter, as I have had some real stinkers of short books recently.
I’ve given up on books recently for:
– impenetrable dialogue – After the Rains (review this week)
– staccato point of view changes – I gave up on Almost Blue (review this week) because the POV changed about every 3 pages, and two were told in the first person so it took some time to figure out who was speaking
and within the last year for:
– overly smug writing – Absolute Friends
– proselytising – Book of Days and No Safe Haven (note: I had no problems at all with The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance)
– unfunny humour – Molvania
I’m coming to the conclusion that, as Lizzy Siddal put it on Twitter to me the other day, “the TBR is too high and life is too short!”