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#1 Peridot

Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:33 PM

So I started a book, Juliet by Anne Fortier, back in January, and at only 50 or so pages in, I just stopped reading. I have read so many books since then, and am thinking, after finishing off a book last night, that I really should finish it off before I get my next one in the post to read!!

Do you often do this? I feel silly having not finished it, yet it doesn't appeal all that much to me!

Do you often leave books half finished? original.gif

#2 Bubble11

Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

If I really dislike them I just flip to the back and read the end than get rid of them.  That way I know what happens and I figure it's not worth wasting your time if you can't get into or don't like it.

#3 Majeix

Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:40 PM

I feel no obligation to finish books I don't like. I often read several books at once and if I don't finish them but were enjoying them I will wait and try to read them again. If I like them I will probably read them more then once.

#4 katpaws

Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:49 PM

If i am doing research, i can have multiple books around that i am reading. Novels - i can be reading 2-3 at a time.

I try to give books a chance before i give up on them (i sometimes read the end to see if it is worth the hard slog of reading the whole thing). If i can't see any pleasure coming from reading then i give up, too many other stories out there to read.

All books on my bookshelf have been read multiple times except for one - Pillars of the Earth which i keep because it was a birthday present.



#5 Mel.Bell

Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:52 PM

I don't particularly STOP reading a book unless it's boring but I can read a few books at once. Say, start reading one book & after a few chapters I hear that another book is interesting, start reading that while I am reading the other book. I am currently reading a book that my mum is readin & we only have one copy so I can only read that when I visit her (she is a slow reader & won't part with it hehehehe). If I stop reading a book all together, I will forget what happened at the beginning & will have to read it all again. Unless it's boring, like I have said, I read books til the end & I am a fast reader even with 2 kids original.gif

#6 tick

Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:54 PM

I usually have a few books on the go at any one time.  TBH I don't often finish them - I tend to flip around and read the bits that interest me and skim read or simply leave the rest.  I don't often read novels, but things like biographies I'm probably more inclined to read in a linear fashion and finish completely.

#7 Mel.Bell

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

QUOTE (Poet in New York @ 12/04/2012, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I usually have 2 or 3 books going at a time. I wouldn't worry about not finishing a book if you don't like it, the author won't mind. tongue.gif



Yeah, they already have your money hehehe

#8 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:49 PM

I've got 4 on the go at the moment.
3 true crime ones and a UFC one.

#9 Hermes

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:53 PM

I'm reading 3 right now, they are all very different so that when I get a bit bored (they all seems to be epic in size) I can pick up another.

#10 71Cath

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:55 PM

I am not as multi-talented as the rest of you and I can only read one book at a time.

#11 Maple Leaf

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:48 PM

I give a book between 50-100 pages, and if it doesn't grab me, I don't keep going. So many brilliant books to read out there that I don't like wasting my (very precious) reading time!

I only have one book on the go at a time ... original.gif

#12 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:21 PM

I've only done it once when I just could not get into the book, it is still sitting on my shelf waiting to be finished, god knows when I will get to it though.

#13 Bel Rowley

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:24 PM

Generally if I put a book aside to tackle something else, it's because I'm not really enjoying it, and 9 times out of 10 I never go back and finish it. Most recently it happened with 'Reading Lolita in Tehran', which I was recommended by a friend. I just couldn't get into it.

#14 IsolaBella

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:28 PM

QUOTE (katpaws @ 12/04/2012, 02:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I try to give books a chance before i give up on them (i sometimes read the end to see if it is worth the hard slog of reading the whole thing). If i can't see any pleasure coming from reading then i give up, too many other stories out there to read.

All books on my bookshelf have been read multiple times



This is me too.

Sometimes I am just not in the 'mood' for a particular Author's book, but then later come back to it and really enjoy it.

I am very happy to now have my whole back catalogue on my eReader.... makes it much easier to go back and re-read books in a series.

As I said sometimes although I do like an Author, I am just not in the mood for their particular writing style... they may be too 'dark' when at that point in time I want something 'light and fluffy'. Othertimes I want 'serious'.



#15 Charmzy

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

Yes I have 3 on the go at the moment for different reasons.
1. is my in the car at school waiting for pickup book
2. is m bedtime book
3. is my any other time I can squeeze in some reading book  

Enjoying all equally but school holidays mean I've slipped behind on book1!

#16 ali27

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:38 PM

I always have multiple books on the go. As an English teacher, there are always "set texts". I love biographies and non-fiction histories and will have a couple of those as well. Often a "trashy" novel as well, just to unwind in the evenings!

#17 EsmeLennox

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:45 PM

Frequently, but it goes with my occupation, and sadly, even when I think a book is sh*te I have to finish it and have some cogent thoughts about it too.

#18 Airene

Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:15 PM

I only read books one at a time. When the book gets boring I just skim it or go right through the ending, but never stopping outright in the middle of the story.

#19 Catmummy

Posted 20 May 2012 - 07:03 PM

I normally read a non fiction and a fiction book at the same time.

Right now I'm reading a rather dry book on art history and a mystery novel.

#20 mummyx3

Posted 20 May 2012 - 07:08 PM

I usually have a couple of books on the go at one time, one an audio book in the car for the way to and from work and then a book in my hand bag for when I can sit and read.

#21 Guest_Spunkrat_*

Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:59 PM

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Edited by Spunkrat, 29 April 2013 - 12:47 AM.


#22 Liadan

Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:12 AM

I read one book at a time. I tend to finish a book within 3 days anyway. I love reading.

There has only ever been ONE book that I have started and hadn't finished. I read a variety of books, and they don't always click with me at first, but I push through. But I just couldn't do it with one book, a classic novel. It was years ago. I might give it another go one day.

#23 ubermum

Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:40 AM

I have one going at the moment for book club, another that has been taking me a while because it is a bit of a hard slog and one that is just for fun and a real page turner. I also had uni reading to do this week. I don't watch tv though and am full term pregnant so not sleeping much at all. biggrin.gif

#24 BlondieUK

Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:57 AM

I always have at least 2 books on the go original.gif

#25 Feralishous

Posted 21 May 2012 - 03:06 AM

if im not 'into it' by chapter 3 ill read the ending and give up. but i usually have a few on the go, on my phone, and 1 in the loo (my quiet place)




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