It has happened to me a few time and now I am trying to determine what my own personal criterion seems to be in regards to finishing a book. I can't just say flat out that if I don't like it I won't finish it, because I know that is not the case. Truth be told, I did not particularly care for the first Rachel Morgan book (by Kim Harrison) until a little over half way through and now I am practically salivating at the chance to read the latest installment Black Magic Sanction (which coincidentally, comes out today!). But I soldiered on because I had two very good friends recommend the book, and one even told me it started out slow. But what do you do when you don't have that information. How do you decide to solider on or return it to the bookshelf? Do you adhere to that old adage of the power of 50 - if you aren't grabbed in the first 50 pages, move on? I have one main issue with this, 50 pages is relative. In a 300 page book, yes you should be enthralled by page 50 but if the book is more like 1300 pages, it will likely take longer.
Here are some Guidelines I came up with, but of course there are exceptions to every single one:
When to keep going:
- You know you enjoy the Author's writing from other books
- A fellow (and like-minded) book lover recommended it
- You have the faints desire to know what happens
- It's neither the first nor the last in a series (ie there is another book to come)
- When it's your book club "assigned" reading book
- You are at least 3/4 of the way through - because serious you might as well!
- You could careless what the outcome is
- You find yourself very easily distracted from reading
- Your usually nagging desire to get a book in your hand subsides even a little
- If you are constantly thinking of the next book in TBR pile!