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February 12, 2010

When you find yourself in a long, long, long, book … do you quit?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jacksheard @ 3:57 pm

I can’t quit on books. I’ve invested this much time already. I can’t give up. But I’m only half done and falling asleep after as little as ONE PAGE! I’ve read five pages in three days.

I’m in the middle — literally, the middle — of Richard North Patterson’s “The Exile”. I’m struggling. I didn’t sign up for a history lesson on Israel, Palestine, Jews, Arabs, etc. The book has such an interesting plot, but the extra history lessons repeated over and over are causing me to lose interest. He needs to get back to the point.

And the point of this blog is to ask a question: Do you give up on books? And if so, how far will you go before you do so?



  1. I’ve done it twice. Like you, I feel like I have invested time in a story and I should see it through. But when it came to “Lolita” by Nabokov, and “House of the Seven Gables” by Hawthorne, I just couldn’t bring myself to finish them.

    “Lolita” just absolutely disgusted me more so than I would have thought it would, and I can read some pretty depraved stuff with no problems, but for some reason Nabokov’s ode to pedophilia struck the wrong cord with me.

    Hawthorne just bored me absolutely senseless and I was thankful I didn’t have to read it for school because I’d have failed bigtime.

    Comment by Steph — February 12, 2010 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  2. I very rarely give up on a book altogether. I hate to admit this, but I’m a skimmer when I start to find a book overly labor intensive, so that’s often how I finish an overly long book. I usually read books as my form of escapism and if they cause me to pause and ponder….great. However, I don’t seek out books that are going to be agonizing to read, so if I simply am NOT looking forward to reading something after several weeks of trying, I’ll shelve it, come back to it a little later and try again. If on the second attempt I get no further, I give the book away. Tolstoy comes to mind…

    Comment by Rachel — February 12, 2010 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  3. I put down a lot of books in high school. I picked “Great Expectations” back up and then quit halfway through because it went from funny to repetitive and dull.

    That said, I rarely put one down anymore. And if it’s part of a series, my little obsessive collecting problem makes me continue, even if the books become a slog (e.g. The Wheel of Time series).

    Most recently a couple years ago I refused to finish “Twilight.”

    Comment by Mike Petrucelli — February 12, 2010 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  4. I have a stack of unfinished books that I just can’t pick up because they are NOT keeping my attention or i don’t feel like crying my eyes out.

    Comment by Marlo — February 12, 2010 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  5. But how can you quit? I just can’t stand not knowing how it finishes. That would drive me crazy. And I can’t read more than one book at a time. My mind is not big enough to grasp two at a time.

    Comment by jacksheard — February 12, 2010 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  6. OK, so last night it got better. I may be out of the woods. But it needs to keep it up for another 200 pages. We’ll see.

    Comment by jacksheard — February 13, 2010 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  7. I’ve only given up on two books in my entire life. One because it was disturbing to me (alot of child sexual stuff) and the other because I just couldn’t stand being bored out of my mind. I hate HATE not finishing a book. Same with a movie. Even if its terrible I usually try to finish it. Good luck finishing it.

    Comment by Gina — February 24, 2010 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

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