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To finish, or not to finish? That is my dilemma. What's your view on giving up on a book you've started but aren't enjoying? Do you follow a strict 'once i've started it I finish it' rule and try to find the silver lining? Do you skim to the end so you can check it off your list? Or do you close the cover, guilt free? Does it depend on its length? How about if someone recommended it to you? What are your self-imposed reading rules?

It depends. I'll stick it out if someone recommended or gifted it. But I might skim to the end.
 
  24 votes, 53.3%

100% Finisher. Can't stand leaving something partway through. I'm also a member of the clean-plate club.
 
  12 votes, 26.7%

I'm a quitter and proud of it. Life's too short to read something you don't like.
 
  9 votes, 20.0%


Poll added by: Carolyn



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message 1: by Alexa (new)

Alexa hahaha, i worry about this all the time!!! i try to always be a finisher, but recently, ive started to stop before the end if im totally not into it. just this weekend i put down a book 3/4 thru. but...i know i'll feel guilty about it,and probably force myself to give it another try in a year or two :)


message 2: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn You sound like me! I usually leave the bookmark in the book so half a year later I can jump back in... or 2 years later as it sometimes is. Right now I'm reading a book for my bookclub that I'm really not enjoying, and it's 600 pages! Trying the skimming-it technique right now. We'll see!


message 3: by Ariella (new)

Ariella Abort! Actually, I'm usually a sucker and try not to give up on things, but after ploughing through Netherland because of all the recommendations/reviews and finding that it SUCKED, I'm all for quitting and moving on to something better!


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah  Pearson I am a big advocate for skimming. Especially if it's for a a bookclub, then you at least know what happens but don't have to spend the time really reading it. Or just say screw it, life IS to short to read books you don't like.


message 5: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn I love hearing all of your views on this topic! I think I am going to skim the remaining 300 pages of my bookclub book until I leave for Jersey in a week (yeee!) and then call it quits and pick up a better (and lighter-weight) book to read on the plane.


message 6: by Solveig (new)

Solveig That sounds like a good option to me Carolyn! I usually force myself to finish a book, even if I don't like it. But then it takes forever to finish the book because I'm so uninterested in it and never want to read! Maybe I'll need to adopt another strategy.


message 7: by Xina (new)

Xina I most certainly agree with Solveig, I too usually farce myself to finish books then take forever. One of the only books I have never finished was The Scarlet Letter; it bored me to tears and it had SUPER LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG sentences.


message 8: by Ines (new)

Ines In a class about the culture of reading, we talked about the 10 rights of the reader. One of them was the right to stop reading a book. I liked that. So while I am still a member of the clean-plate club, I have embraced my right as a reader to quit reading a book that either bores me to death, disgusts me, or gives me nightmares.


message 9: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn I like that! I think I'll adopt that rule... I just put down Anthropology of an American Girl after 270 page (out of 600). Yeah!


message 10: by Ines (new)

Ines :-) maybe you like the other nine as well...
http://www.poynton.com/notes/misc/Ina...


message 11: by Banjomike (new)

Banjomike I would usually bookmark the page and leave it on a shelf and maybe try to finish it later.

Unless it was total drek.


message 12: by Missyb (new)

Missyb If I start it, I'll finish it. I may skip some scenes just to hope it gets moving again,but I keep trudging through. I will not start the next in the series if the first is bad. I read book one then two and so on. I sometimes peak at the last chapter or two, just to get a hint at what happens, but that's only when the book is really good that I have to see if someone lives.


message 13: by Stephy (new)

Stephy Too many books, too little time. I read the number of pages I have been alive, add ten, and if I am not captivated by then, out it goes to the used book store or library sale.


message 14: by Andy (new)

Andy Stephy wrote: "Too many books, too little time. I read the number of pages I have been alive, add ten, and if I am not captivated by then, out it goes to the used book store or library sale."

Not a bad rule that.. but I am still haunted by thoughts of the one book I gave up on as it disgusted me too much at the time (Illuminatii trilogy - I was ~ 14....) recently finished another that had been languishing on the bookshelf for > 15 years - Always coming home, by Ursula LeGuin, and I'm glad I persevered with it...

Actually I don't mind giving up on Non-Fiction books for some reason, I tend to dip into them a lot more...


message 15: by Stephy (new)

Stephy The basic librarian's rule of thumb is, "Rread your age. If nothing makes you want to read on, choose something else." Nothing says you can't try it again next year.

I rarely buy a book I have not already read these days. I have a good library. I also have over a thousand books I can't part with, and I cull constantly.


message 16: by Andy (new)

Andy Hmmm, as I said, good rule, but if you go beyond that (say to 150 pages) when do you say enough?

Not a good librarian, yet, can't cull, well over a 1000 books - only got 700+ on here so far...


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