If you’re not enjoying a book, will you stop mid-way? Or do you push through to the end? What makes you decide to stop?
Short answer is yes, sometimes and all sorts of things!
Long answer is sometimes yes I do persevere because I feel cheated especially when I have bought the book and the first couple of pages I would have read in the bookshop seemed so promising. An example of this was The Keep by Jennifer Egan – I pushed through but really wish I hadn’t.
Then I did stop reading Burley Cross Post Box Theft by Nicola Barker. I tried and tried but it really did nothing for me and I had to admit defeat – I was not enjoying the book and reading to me should be pure enjoyment even if a little challenging not pure torture. Ironically I got lambasted for not completing it because it was given to me free and therefore someone suggested that I should have finished it and I did not know what I was missing, this made me even less likely to pick the book back up and try again.
Why stop, normally because the characters are weak and do not jump off the page into my imagination or the writing is just bad and makes no sense to the plotline. It can be anything and differs from book to book.