Have i answered something like this? or was i discussing it with B?
Suggested by JM:
“Life is too short to read bad books.” I’d always heard that, but I still read books through until the end no matter how bad they were because I had this sense of obligation.
That is, until this week when I tried (really tried) to read a book that is utterly boring and unrealistic. I had to stop reading.
Do you read everything all the way through or do you feel life really is too short to read bad books?
I am one who will stop reading a book if i don't feel like it. I've got about a half-dozen books, like Stranger in a Strange Land and The Historian, that i've read some of yet i just haven't finished them. I just have so many others that i'd rather read if i'm disinterested. I just took The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back to the library as i just didn't feel like finishing it yet. So i will stop in the middle of reading a book.
There are exceptions though. It took me 3 tries to read On The Road by Kerouac and I had to finish it on audio. The only reason i kept trying was because it was a classic, on the 1001 list and other "best books" list. I kept expecting something to somehow get better, that i must be missing something and that if i kept up i'd "get" it. Even when i decided it wasn't going to improve, I felt like i had to get through it, just to mark it off my list. The other exception would be if someone gives me a book to read, either as a recommendation or a present, i'm going to really try to read it, and finish it, even if i have to go back and tell the person it wasn't necessarily one i liked.
how about you?