Thursday, 19 June 2014
Welcome to my new Weekly post - Thursday Thoughts.
This is going to be a weekly discussion post that I hope will get all my blog readers commenting and giving their opinion. I will pick a topic and write how my thoughts and feelings about it and then hopefully all you lovely readers will leave a comment below with your own opinions.
The only rule I have is that everyone is respectful of each other's opinions, there is no real right or wrong here, this is a chance to experience a topic from someone else's perspective. Please listen to each other and be nice.
If you wish to take a more active part in this discussion and make your own blog post about the topic, I will create a Linky list below that you can link your post to. If more and more people take part - the bigger and better it will become.
Some discussions will be light and silly, others will be more serious but they will all be about books and book related things.
So come on everyone, pull up a chair and lets hear your voice.
This weeks topic is:
Are you done with that? Giving up on Books
As readers and bloggers we come across hundres and hundreds of books. If you are anything like me your To Be Read pile just grows and grows. For every one book I finish another 3 get added to the list. So this is where you have to question whether or not you read every book cover to cover.
For years I would persist with a book and read every word, even if I wasn't enjoying it. I would tell myself that it would get better and I would regret not finishing it, that maybe I was missing out on something if I were to give up. I look back at that time and think about how much time I wasted - how many other books I could have read in that time and enjoyed.
For one thing I believe we all read quicker when we are enjoying a book, we get lost in the pages and the words just fall off the page and into our minds, transporting us to this other world, but if we are struggling with a book every word seems to drag and it gets very hard to become lost in that world.
Now I have been blogging for a few years and my TBR pile is hundreds of books high, I have come to the conclusion that giving up on a book is ok, you can put it down and move onto something else and there is absolutely no problem with that. No consequences. If you feel inclined at a later time you can always go back or you can say goodbye to it forever.
Which then brings me onto the next part of the discussion - how much of a book do you read before you give up. Everyone i have ever discussed this with has come up with a different answer. My policy is 100 pages - I think this is a good amount to give me a reasonable feel for the story, it's given the book a fair chance to hook me in and given me enough of an idea of where the story could be going and made me feel like I have given it a fair chance. After that if I am not hooked then I give it up. The only exception to this is if the book is only 150 or so pages, and then I figure I might as well finish it regardless as I am so close. Likewise if the book is massive, say over 700 pages I tend to skip a few chapters - about 50 or so pages and then try to read a bit more, but obly rarely will that make me want to read more, very often the 100 pages has been a good enough indicator and I feel secure in my choice to put the book down and walk away.
So I want to know if you give up on books or if you have to see them through to the bitter end. And what is your cut off point, when do you stop reading?
And lastly would you ever go back to a book you have given up on at a later date. Recently for me I gave up on 'City of Lost Souls' by Cassandra Clare, couldn't be bothered with it - it was irritating me. But I ended up having to go back to it for a review request and after a 2 week break I actually found myself enjoying it. SO in that case having a break from the book and the series did me good and let me come back to it fresh and actually get something out of it. It only happens rarely, but it can happen.
I want to know what you all do, share your opinions. :D
Next Weeks topic will be - The Importance of Reading to Children and Babies
Posted by barmybex at 22:20