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click on the title for the answer to this week's question
When you read a book that you just can't
get into, do you stick it out and keep reading
or move to your next title?
First off, sorry for the ramble you're about to read. I really do try to give short answers. Obviously it didn't happen this week :p
This is SUCH a good question. The answer is that it all depends on the mood I'm in at that time. There are some books *groan* where I painfully endure to the end with the desperate hope that the Book Gods hear my plea and the book improves. Some books cause such a powerful reaction of dislike that I throw them across the room and when I regain my senses, I put them beside the door for when I next go to Bookmans with the vow to never pick the book up again. THANKFULLY, this doesn't happen very often. But in most cases, there are those books where the timing just isn't right and for whatever reason the book doesn't capture my interest. In these cases, I stop reading, tell the book I'll be back later and return it back to my bookshelf.
I do want to add though that ultimately I read for pleasure and the experience and emotions a book can offer. I'm an emotional reader so when a book stops being a positive experience and I can't get that connection, review or not, I have to stop because I NEVER want reading to feel or become a chore. When it starts feeling that way, I feel I've lost sight of why I read and love to share my excitement/passion/thoughts in the reviews I write. *sigh* Just my two cents for what it's worth :D
*A little later after thinking about it on the drive to work*
I wanted to share what I do for those times when I have strongly disliked a book. Whether I stop or press forward, I try to figure out why I had that reaction and decide from there whether I'll review it. There was one time where I was asked to review a book that I swear in the first 40 pages I counted about 30 references to the lead girl talking about her boobs, how wonderful they were and her anger that no one would touch them. With that I stopped and no review was written. On the other hand, when I read The Hollow by Jessica Verday and had an extremely ANGRY reaction to it. To say I disliked that book is an understatement but I pushed through it and chose to review it. What I did do was add to my review why I didn't like it. My BFF had recently died and I was heart deep in extremely painful grief. I hated what the author did to the character and I shared that as "politely" as I could. Since then, my grief isn't quite as intense and right now I'm thinking I'll reread the book and see whether I feel any different. If I do I'll write an updated review and post it. Just another reminder that every situation is different*
Here's some of the mischief I got into this week
The Willow by Stacey Kennedy
Thanks for all your support, love and comments this week.
I appreciate it more than I can say.