I took a very long time for me to feel comfortable not finishing a book. As a writer myself, and in the age of social media where famous authors are easily accessible, I know only too well how much effort goes into crafting a story. I felt, as a reader, I owed it to them to read every single page, even if I didn’t particularly enjoy it. As you can expect, it negatively impacted my reading life and often I had spells where I didn’t want to read at all. Statistically 50 pages is the “make or break” point where people give up on a book. Often I would far exceed that point.
Eventually I reached a point where my current read was something I hated so much. So I made the leap and tossed it aside. You know what happened? Nothing. The world didn’t stop turning. The book didn’t set on fire. I simply move on. I will happily disown a book a few chapters in, and when it comes to audiobooks a bad narrator can make me give up after just a few minutes.
By giving up on a book I don’t like, I’m making the journey to one I love that little bit shorter.
Do you give up on books?
How long does it take before you decide a book isn’t for you?