I loved the book Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. I also loved Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
I didn’t love either of them when I started reading them. I didn’t understand what was happening, I wasn’t into the characters, etc.
For me, both of these books were worth the journey. If I knew people reading them, and those people thought they were iffy, I would tell them to stick it out one more chapter- it was worth it…
So the question is, how do you know when it’s time to give up on a book?
I am not one to quit on a book. I figure if I was intrigued enough to get the book, I owe the author the courtesy to see it through. The last book I didn’t finish was “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” and I’d say I tried to read that at least ten years ago. I completely understand why someone starts and does not finish a book. Time is way too valuable to partake in something you just don’t enjoy.
But how do you know at what point to quit a book?
Some books have a slow build: this is intentional. The author is laying out a framework and they’re trying not to rush. This is often the sign of a good writer. Pace is important in a book. That is the case in both the books that I mentioned. There is method to the writer’s madness as to what is revealed, when it’s revealed and how it’s revealed. There is a careful outline in play. To move too quickly would disrupt the balance…it would take away from the craft of writing.
How do you determine if the book is a slow build, or if it’s just a boring book?
So here’s the questions for today:
- What’s the last book you didn’t finish?
- Why didn’t you finish it?
- What makes you stop reading a book?
- How far do you get into a book before you put it away for good?
- Has there been a book that you were iffy about but ended up glad that you read it till the end?