Do you always finish a book?

United States
September 22, 2007 3:47pm CST
If you pick up a book and you just can't get into it, do you go ahead and fight your way through it no matter what? Do you have a page limit where if you are not interested you stop and read a different book? Do you ever go back to a book if you find it boring at one time to see if it will get better or if your tastes change? What do you do with your books if you can't read them? If I find a book to be boring, I will put it aside and read something else. I will come back to it once and then will put it available on my bookcrossing page when I can't get into it or finish it. What about you.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I had a writer I loved, but I just couldn't get into one of her books. I finally got past the boring beginning & finished it, but I just had a terrible time with her beginning in this one book. She does have a series I don't care for & decided after reading a bunch of them, that I shouldn't punish myself reading them if I really wasn't enjoying them. Sadly, toward the end of her life, she was almost only writing those.
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@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
22 Sep 07
This is horrible. Once I start a book as long as I'm more than 50 pages in, I don't care how boring or unimaginative it is I HAVE to finish it. Normally if it's a book I like I take my time and I will read it in a couple days. If it is a book I hate I will finish it in a few hours just to get ride of it. LOL. I tried to not finish a book once (Charles Dickens tale of Two Cities) Ugh! The thing kept coming back to haunt me. I would see it everywhere. In movies, and store windows, there were references to it all over....So I bought to thing and read it within 3 hours and haven't thought much about it since.
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@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
22 Sep 07
I use to always finish the book I was reading no matter how bored I got. I always thought there would be some redeeming quality in it. It got published after all. Now I'm not like that. If I can't get into a book and after a while I'm no further than the 100th page because I can't bring myself to keep reading, I adandon it. Sometimes I'll come back to them later when I'm in a different frame of mind and sometimes they'll go back on the shelf and stay there. I usually get rid of all these books by sending them to a second hand store or charity. Someone may like reading them after all.
@wonderful1 (2076)
• China
22 Sep 07
I don't buy the books in which i'm not interested, so i often finish a book if i pick it up. of course, i can't read it over once. when i want to read it, then i pick it up and read a few hours, then go on to do other things. frankly, it is up to one's mood. if you have a good mood, then you will easily concentrate on your book, if not, then you can't read it, although it is your favorite book.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
23 Sep 07
I will eventually read the book v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. That means I will read a page at a time, maybe every week or so, or pick it up when there is nothing else to do. It may takes years, but I will finish it. Mind you, if you want to not read it anymore, it is usually better to rush through it. So I guess my method of slow torture isn't working that much.
• India
23 Sep 07
Reading the book slowly , and at a pace of a page a day or a week , will never encourage any more reading. Very often , while reading and starting a new book, one never finds interest in the starting pages. So with a pace of yours, if u havent found any interest in reading one page one day, u will not want to read the next page the other day, just because u had a bad impression about the book, in the process u will miss the good part in that book. So its advisable to read through at a fast pace when u think that a particular part is not interesting, and whenever u r curious to knw what will happen next , reduce ur pace of reading to 1 page everyday only
• Philippines
16 May 08
Sometimes, when it is very interesting. If it is not and already took me three days and I have not even finished half, I already put it down and find a more interesting book.
• United States
27 Sep 07
There have been books that I have left behind in airports that where so bad I could not read them. I also have found a books that where so bad that I have flung them across the room. I am reading on that was an Oprah book club it is sort of boaring but soart of good. It just drags on and on. Oh well I will try to finish it.
• United States
26 Sep 07
Usually, yes. I always give a book a chance. Even if I don't like a beginning I give it a few chapters to get me into it. And usually it gets better. There was one book though, that I started reading...and I just couldn't go on! It was like torture! lol. I didn't want to give it a chance =P
• Philippines
26 Sep 07
Me,i finish a book once i started it. No matter how many days, or how many hours, i will finish what i started. sometimes you will find a boring book but i finished every book i choose because it has always a mystery inside. I admire writers that create a fascinating story.
@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
24 Sep 07
well, i dont have a page limit. i usually try to finish it from start to bottom unless i cant take it anymore (which is usually rare)...but there was book that i tossed out of frustration because the plot was dragging so ssssssslllllllloooooowwwww...you get the picture... and i try to read books progressively. i dont read it from back to end. that's so anticlimatic... LOL... and i try to reread books i hated too...but sometimes, i regretted doing that...after second try, i will toss to my donation bag...LOL...good riddance, boring book!
@errielle (442)
• Philippines
24 Sep 07
It really depends on how the author captured my interest. It depends on the beginning chapter. if I find it interesting or felt intrigued, then I can read it all.Harry Potter books are examples. Nicholas Sparks' books, too, especially The Wedding. I have read some Paulo Choelo books, but bno quite.
@vidyadas (415)
• India
23 Sep 07
if it is interesting i glued to it until i finish it...else i may just drop it and move to someother book...i like science fictions and thrillers
• Saudi Arabia
23 Sep 07
I susally finish a books once Ive started the, In fact I 've a nearly always finished books that I found boring. On the other hand if I find a book disgusting I'm likely to leave it pretty much after 20 pages or so .. If i think thats its going to continue on a theme I cannot stomach I might just leave it .I have a rather vivid imagination...and a weak stomach :-P... Í then get rid of the offending book!
@runsgame (2034)
• India
23 Sep 07
depends upon the book . and the type u know is very much depends. novels and thrilling stories i will finish at one strdtch . some times it will take many a days to finish
@owstalaga (4553)
• Philippines
23 Sep 07
Well i used to like reading a book through once i started it, especially if it's a fantasy/sci-fi book. But nowadays i only read a few chapters if i have the time or if it interests me to continue reading the book. Otherwise it just lies there waiting for me to read it. ^_^ I get to read it through eventually but it usually takes a lot of time before i finish it 'coz i just read chapters at a time.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Sep 07
i come back to it sooner or later lol and i think this was in another post months ago or something similar to iy hugs
• Hong Kong
23 Sep 07
No I don't always finish a book. Sometimes some books are so boring that I would just put it aside and read them later. I think we should enjoy ourselves during the read and there is really no point to struggle through the book for the whole time. I would put the book away and see if I would want to read that later.
@sophylline (1042)
• Philippines
23 Sep 07
I have most of the time always finish the book I read. I always make it a point when a buy a book, that they should really be of interest to me and and I peek inside before I buy, just to see how it is. But recently, there was a big sale in my local bookstore and I had to buy several books, I just couldn't resist. These books that I bought were still sealed so I didn't get to peek and get the feel of how the book was being told. Anyway, I started the first one and I'm halfway to it already, but I can't be that excited to read any further. It's quite boring and strange. I haven't started reading the second one though, I just feel maybe I would be able to finish this one first. Well, good luck to me. Ho-hum.
• Pakistan
23 Sep 07
Yeah, Ofcourse I would Like to finish that boring book! I just enjoy boring books as well :D If I am get bored from that book I usually think about author that in which Circumstences and in what conditions he has written that book!
@jmbauer (43)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I usually give a book about a quarter of its length to work out any slowness etc. If I'm not into the work by then, it's time to go on to something else. Sometimes, I will retry a book I'd previously abandoned in the hope that I'll deem it a better read with a fresher, clearer perspective. It worked with George R. Stewart's Earth Abides, and I'm going to try it with the Hary Potter series. Wish me luck. :)