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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Booking Through Thursday - Question of the Week

Booking through Thursday
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?

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Yes, I will  stop midway through a book if I am bored, don't care for the writing style, or just lose interest.  Quite often I won't make that determination for months, though, and the book may languish on my bedside table partially read until I finally decide that I am not going to finish it. Nancy Pearl, a librarian at Seattle Public Library and the author of Book Lust has the Rule of 50 which states "If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages."  (Wikipedia) I usually will read 100 pages before I abandon it, the only exception is if I am reading the book for one of my two book clubs.  I try really hard to finish those books no matter if I like them or not.

Now it's your turn to answer the question.

8 comments:

  1. Frankly, I think why should I waste time reading something I don't like when there are so many more to choose from..

    Here is my BTT: Giving Up post!

    Thanks for visiting me. I too added you to my google reader. Glad to find you.

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  2. I like this "rule of 50" thing, but my recent issues have come long AFTER fifty pages.

    Yes, loved Truck: a Love Story (I've read his other two memoirs, as well - but Truck is probably the best.)

    I'm adding you to my blogroll. Hope that's okay?

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  3. Thanks for stopping by; I enjoy meeting other book-bloggers, especially those who listen to Playing for Change!

    ("Chanda Mama" is one of my favorites; I could listen to Tula all day.)

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  4. It is a good idea to not waste your life reading something you don't enjoy! :)

    Here's mine.

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  5. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Stephany @ http://stephanysbookreviews.blogspot.com

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  6. I also give a book around 100 pages to entertain me enough to continue.

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