I’m sure every reader has been there. Felt so bored with a book that you just put it down and don’t pick it back up again. Or maybe it wasn’t what you expected and you didn’t enjoy it because it wasn’t your ‘thing’. Whatever the circumstances, I am interested about how readers feel when this situation comes round.
My first point in this discussion is that books cost a lot nowadays – like we’re talking (in Britain) on the average of £7.99 per book if you’re getting them brand new in a proper bookshop. So it’s quite substantial amount of wasted money if you don’t like the book, so before buying a book, the reader should feel pretty confident that they are going to enjoy the book.
But how can this always be the case because I know some readers are very wary about researching the book that they are about to read beforehand, for fear of their reading experience being ruined by spoilers. So how can you be 100% confident you are going to enjoy a book before you read it?
The truth is, you can’t, and I borrow a lot of my books from the Library before buying them, just in case I don’t like them and don’t finish them. This of course, saves a lot of money and I don’t feel quite so bad about not finishing them if I haven’t paid money to read them.
But is the frustration really just focussed on the fact that you paid good money for the book – or do you find that you are frustrated about other things? Such as the wasted time you spent on the book or the disappointment of the read not living up to your expectations? I find the fact that I wasted time on a book quite annoying. Obviously I use reading as a relaxation tool and it is completely for pleasure for me, so not enjoying a book is completely defeating the object for me.
So when do you decide that you are going to give up on a book? Do you give it several chapters? Personally, I usually get roughly mid-way if it’s my own book before putting it down. I like to give it the best chance possible, and if it’s really unbearable, I would probably put it down mid-way and blame it on lack of interest in the genre at that point in time – and come back to it at a later date.
How do you feel about picking up a book you started and didn’t finish and trying to read it again? I usually find that my expectations on the book are lowered, and therefore I enjoy it more, because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much. But I never really feel thrilled about picking up a book that I have tried to read before.
How often do you not finish a book? I am really writing this post inspired by an experience with a book that I just had, but I’m definitely going to try and reread this one again sometime. The reason why I put this one down is because I haven’t had much time to read lately, so I’ve sort of lost track of what’s going on. In a couple of weeks, I’ll probably start from the beginning again.
So what are your opinions on unfinished books? How do you feel about them? And is there ways to get round them?
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on the topic.