I don't like this book, but I'm determined to finish it!

@megamatt (14327)
United States
August 17, 2010 6:50am CST
There are times where a book is of less quality than I thought. Still, I'm bound and determined to see it through to the very end. Are you like this? Do you try and finish a book every time, no matter how bad you think it is? Looking forward to reading your responses.
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@catalady (363)
17 Aug 10
Yes megamatt I am just like you...once I have started reading a book I feel obliged to finish it even if I am not really enjoying it! I think I am kind of hoping that it will get better the more I read and if I don't finish it then I'll never know will I,lol. I may put the book down and start reading something else at a point when I am really bored with it , but I will always go back to it and finish it eventually. I always know if I am not really 'into' a book because it takes me ages to read it whereas normally I am a very fast reader and can zip through a good book very quickly :o)
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
17 Aug 10
That is a good point. There have been books that have really picked up my interest towards the end of them, after a lackluster beginning. That is a good reason in just moving ahead in them. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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• United States
17 Aug 10
I agree with you catalady. When I start a book that I have a had time getting into, or it is just so boring, I do put it down for a bit. But I am always determined to finish a book, regardless of how bad so I do go back to it eventually. I have also read several books that the beginning chapters were slow reading at first, but turned around to be good books. I have also found that over the years, the more stress I have when I am reading, the harder it is to get into the book. That is why I always try to put it down for a day or so and pick up reading it later on.
@lulu1220 (1010)
• United States
17 Aug 10
I have to admit that most of the time I will stop reading it if I cannot get into it. A few times I went ahead and finished a book I did not like.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
19 Aug 10
Yes, many cases, I get done with the book and wonder why I even bothered. Still, you really have no idea until the very end of the overall quality of the book. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@oldchem1 (8144)
17 Aug 10
I usually carry on no matter how bad, but recently I started reading a book and I just COULD NOT get into it; the book was called 'The Sweetheart Season' by Karen Joy Fowler, and I didn't like it at all, I just couldn't get lost in it - I gave up after three chapters!! I am a loser, never mind, I read a much more interesting one instead!!
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
19 Aug 10
There are some books that are just so bad, that it's painful. I really do not blame you giving up. We all have our breaking points. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@mareeh (266)
• Philippines
17 Aug 10
Yes, that happens to me most of the time especially when I just started reading the book. I'm usually like that, very slow at the beginning but gets faster towards the end part.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
19 Aug 10
Yes, exactly. There are a lot of books that start up slow. Then they pick up later on. All it takes is a little patience and they will improve. Hopefully, we can only hope. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
17 Aug 10
Yes I do. I can't stop myself, no matter how badly written or how poor the plot is or how boring the story I am always compelled to finish reading it. There is only one book that I have not been able to finish, I have forgotten the name of the book but it was about a baby merlin who can talk and do magic already.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
17 Aug 10
Yeah, I don't think I have never really just stopped a book. Of course, there might have been times where I was not really reading the book and do not remember a thing past a certain point. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@Catana (736)
• United States
17 Aug 10
To me, that's like saying that the food you're eating tastes bad, but you're going to finish it anyway. There are more books than I'll ever have time to read. Why would I waste some of that precious time on something I don't like? If it's a school assignment, or something like that, there's at least a reason to finish the book. If you're reading for your own pleasure, what possible sensible reason could there be for reading something that's not enjoyable? It doesn't make you a better person. It doesn't do anything but waste your time.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
17 Aug 10
I think its just stubborness on my part a lot of the time. I refuse to think that I make a bad decision. I can be weird like that. Also some misplaced hope that it could have gotten off to a rocky start and it will improve. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
17 Aug 10
I usually just stop reading it. Right now I have a book I am reading that is a little bit hard to follow at times, but that I like, I'm seeing it through until the end though I'm itching to start new books.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
17 Aug 10
Many people are like that. I think its because I refuse to admit defeat. I will not give up. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
19 Aug 10
I found this book and it had all the elements that should mean I would like it. It was time travel, my favorite SF topic... Never the Twain by Kirk Mitchell was the book, and it was so bad after a few chapters (like 100 pages) I skipped to the end of the book and when I couldn't figure out how the writer could get from where he was to the end, I had to finish reading the book. It ended up making sense, after a fashion. It just wasn't a very good book - I strongly advise against reading it.... http://www.amazon.com/Never-Twain-Kirk-Mitchell/dp/0441569730/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282193889&sr=1-1
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
19 Aug 10
Yeah, we come across all of these books that really do not make any sense. We wonder what the writer could have been thinking. Of course, many times, I have personally had good ideas on paper, but they fail in execution. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@romzz05 (573)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
I guess it really depends on the atrocity and genre I'm reading but I rarely put down a book so if I did it must be really, really bad and felt that continually reading it will be a waste of time.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
19 Aug 10
Yes, indeed. If I ever did put a book down, it would have to be the worst of the worst. So bad that I'm insulted that I had to pay money to buy it or maybe even that I feel that I should be paid money to read this. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
19 Aug 10
I used to feel like I needed to finish every book, but soon gave that up. Some books I'll wade through if they're part of a series I like and I'll find that by the end they've picked up or if I have enough curiosity to see what happens. But, others, I realize that I don't feel like waiting for the possibility that they'll get better - a possibility that might not happen. The last really bad book I forced myself to finish was White Oleander, and I did that because a friend recommended it and I felt I owed it to her to finish it. Silly, because I don't think she would have cared and my life wasn't the least bit improved or given more enjoyment by getting to the end of that dreck.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
19 Aug 10
That is an interesting point about a series. Books at the beginning of the series might be good, books at the end might be good. However, there might be one or two in the middle that are not that good. Yet, if they are not read, the rest of the series really does not make all that much sense. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
18 Aug 10
I always try to finish a book that I've started, no matter how much I don't like it. The way I see it, I wouldn't know a good book if I'd never read a book I didn't like all the way through. Since I started finishing books I don't like, I find that I like more books than usual. Plus I have less trouble studying because I'm in the practice of reading and paying attention even though I really HATE what I'm reading!
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
19 Aug 10
Yes, I think its hard to pay attention past a certain point. I tend to read for a while, but my mind tends to get away from what I am reading. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.