Does this ever happen to you while reading?

@jhl930 (3607)
United States
July 15, 2008 7:01pm CST
while i am reading unless its just a great book(which i haven't found that many that are this good before)but with most books i will read a few pages or chapters and i just can't continue the book because it isn't interesting to me at all. i read the back and it sounds really good but then i start trying to read it and i just find myself wanting to do other things. i don't know what it is but like i said there has been a few books that have really caught me from the very beginning but not many of them can and i just end up laying them down and never picking them up again...so i was just wondering if this ever happens to anyone else here on mylot or if it is just me? thanks for reading!
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@snowy22315 (26663)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Yes I do that sometimes. I thought I would like the latest Ken follet book, but after reading about 400 of the thousand pages I had to give it up. It just wasnt going to work for me. I did read the last fifty pages though because i wanted to see how the book ended. I think I read the highlights of the book. It was decent.
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• China
16 Jul 08
I kind of agree with you. Some books are to be browsed through and some are to be digested as Bacon said. I'm not sure whether I'm right in this: people are becoming less patient with books esp. thick ones nowadays. As you know, the internet, multi-media entertainment,etc. For me, I read less books than I used to be and when I do read, I can hardly concentrate unless it is a real well-written one.
@pillusch (1150)
• Mexico
16 Jul 08
Maybe you haven't found an author you really like, yet. I'm for example infatuated with Stephen King and I really like John Irving. Now, both of them have written a bad novel or two (they are still human), but I can almost be certain when picking up a title by either of them that I am going to like it. It fact, I have read many of their books two or three times. But you're right, getting to know a new author, i.e. beginning to like a new book is very difficult for me, too. I'm obviously referring to novels here exclusively. It is an altogether different subject when reading about a topic I like, personal development, for example. There it is less a question of style but of content, and I have 'read myself into' many of them. So which is it for you, topic or author?
@jhl930 (3607)
• United States
16 Jul 08
i think that you could be right that i haven't found the right author that i like...for me its mainly the topic that i like i really like the murder mystery books...
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• United States
16 Jul 08
uhm, yes. usually with any self-help or nonfiction book. although there are some that i finish without a problem. also with Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. i know a lot of people love this book and it's one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written and all. but i read through the first few chapters and get affected and adapt Rasholnikov's depression and i can't get past the fourth chapter. i just get lost in my own thoughts or end up staring at my ceiling in bed thinking of nothing... i have tried reading it again a few months back and it's the same thing.
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@dogsnme (1238)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I read mostly history and other educational books, and I have a bunch that I haven't read so when I start reading one that I can't seem to get into at the time, I pick out another one to read and come back to the other one later. But I have had that happen with novels a couple times. I have L. Ron Hubbard's book Battlefield Earth, and I've tried reading it 2 or 3 times but just lose interest because it's so long and boring. I've come to the conclusion that I'll never finish it.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Once I've begun a book, I find it really hard to put it down without finishing it, even if it's lousy. Somehow, I figure it will get better or it wouldn't have gotten published. I haven't been wrong often, but those books have been REALLY bad!
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@gsha04 (6)
• India
17 Jul 08
Try this book "The three mistskes of my life" by Chetan Bhagat. You will find it intresting and I m sure it makes u read all the book.
• Indonesia
16 Jul 08
I have experienced that once or twice. It's when the books just aren't that interesting to me even when I've read lots of pages in it. I'm just lucky that most of the books I've bought are interesting enough. The books I stopped reading was borrowed if I remember correctly Happy mylotting and have a nice day!
16 Jul 08
i have to say that I rarely put a book down and never read it again unless it is shockingly bad!! I have on a few occasions gone back to a book I wasn't enjoying a few months down the line and found it ok. i think it does depend what type of nood you are in as to what type of book you want to read. i find james patterson books excellent and have finished all of his so I agree that I think you just haven't found the right author or type of novel you enjoy yet
@r011aka (79)
• India
16 Jul 08
IT IS SAME TO ME :D. I ASKED MY MOM WHY IT HAPPENED SO? SHE SAID THAT WE SHOULD BE CAREFUL IN SELECTING A TOPIC. WE SHOULD READ A BOOK WHICH TO RELATED TO THE TOPIC WE LIKE FROM, r011aka
• United States
16 Jul 08
When I choose a book to read, there's an interest sparked by something--something I've heard about the book or something on the book's cover that catches my eye, something. Therefore I'm always reading to fuel that spark of interest and generally voraciously read it all. If a book doesn't 'grab' me, I persevere in hope lol. But there have been a few fall by the wayside--not that I can recall what they were! Reading is an immense joy for me,I inhale books and magazines! ~~
@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Once I start reading a book. No one can stop me. I try to finish the whole book all in one sitting. But it really depends on how interesting the book is. Happy postings. HUGZ!
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
This has happened to me twice. I gave away one book because I didn't think I would ever finish it. The other book is still sitting on top of my pile waiting to be read at least 5 years now. LOL. I should really just give it away. I have a hard time finding time to read these days because I'm a stay-at-home mom with an active little toddler.
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Even a bad book can suck me in. I have this belief that it is going to get better. If it doesn't I get really ticked off at myself for buying the book. The same goes for a movie except I don't get mad at myself for renting it or going to see it; I get mad at the people who made it because I think they should know better and it makes me think they don't care about their viewers just what ever money they can get from it. I dont' know why I don't feel this way about the authors.Do you ever feel that way after seeing a movie?
@magojordan (3256)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Yup I skip some chapters in a book too especially if it is boring either I fall asleep from reading it or I just put it down and turn on the tv instead. Then the next I would read it I really just skip it because I don't want to get bored and it is the main reason why I read.
@amrishkj (297)
• India
16 Jul 08
well I read all the books that I buy whether they are interesting or not. all the books have something in them that sets you thinking . For that sake I finish all the books that I buy or can lay my hands on .