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Subject: to finish or not to finish.....
Date Posted: 8/21/2007 11:22 PM ET
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I usually am a person who finishes a book even if it gets boring to me half-way thru',  hoping it gets better.  but lately I jsut don't seem to have the patience for it and find myself moving on to another.

how are other peoples views on this?   do you cast a book aside if it doesn't hold your attention by a certain point or do you give it a chance and see it thru' the end?

Date Posted: 8/21/2007 11:32 PM ET
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If a book just isn't working for me I'll either start skimming thru the rest of the book to see if it gets better or I'll skip and read the last few chapters to see how it ends.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 12:09 AM ET
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There are too many books out there to worry if one isn't grabbing me... So if I can't get into it by the 100th page, I just skim to the end, randomly skipping pages. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 12:20 AM ET
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hmm..I usually go to something else unless I'm in a 'mood' whre nothing will work. I almost gave up on 'it's never too late to get a life' the other night but realized I wasn't in the mood for much of anything and at least holding a book kept me out of the kitchen so kept at it and am glad I did..the book was really funny in places.

some I put aside then come back to later when I'm in the mood for that type of story(examples: one of robyn carr's books, a sequel to another I read. there are so many c haracters that I can't read it on night shift or when I'm tired but it's still a good story I think so I'll read it later when I'm in the mood for that. also one of the harlequin duets I started wasn't funny so I put it aside but will probably finish it later when i'm not in the mood for funny but still want something 'light')

I've also done the skimming or even reading the ending!

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 7:42 AM ET
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There have been a few lately that I gave up on.  Usually if the story isn't moving before 100 pages or the hero/heroine is just too boring/bitchy/virginal to be believed, I stop, read the ending and post it.

Sherri

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 8:05 AM ET
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I used to read everything to the end.  But since joining PBS my TBR is huge and I know I can always get more books.  So, if it doesn't pass muster, then it's outta here!

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 8:49 AM ET
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I'm with you, Doris!  Joining PBS has given me so many more books to read that I give each one just a few chapters to hook me.  If it doesn't, I usually skip to the love scenes (you all know you do it, too!) and then read end and post it.

Katrina

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 9:52 AM ET
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My reading time is precious to me, I don't have the patience for a book I can't get into. I get rid of it, especially if I'm rolling my eyes through the first few chapters. I have waaayyy too many books to read to waste my time on something I'm not enjoying.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:03 AM ET
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I've started several Eloisa James books and just cannot get into them. Do they get better? Usually I can plow through, but I have some kind of block when it comes to her.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:05 AM ET
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I must be a glutton for punishment, LOL, I always finish a book, no matter how bad, dull, etc.  I guess I feel that if I actually took the time to read the whole book, that gives me free reign to complain about it unmercifully.   ;-)

 

 

 

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:46 AM ET
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Katrina--love your comment about searching out the love scenes in books (and yes I do it too).  Like some of you, I used to stay with a book to the bitter end hoping it would get better.  But since joining PBS, the TBR mountain regularly calls to me, and I'm past 50, so I only have about 40 good years left to read.  So if the book doesn't grab me by page 100.  I'll just post it and move on.

We all are quite familiar with the phrase:  So many books, so little time.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 11:10 AM ET
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I'm in the middle of a book that I'm trying to finish.  If i could find the sex scenes i'd be HAPPY, but I'm really beginning to wonder if this book has any.  they're playing to much cat and mouse with each other for my taste.  I'll probably just finish it because I'm bored here at work.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 1:40 PM ET
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well good, looks like a lot of you don't finish them if they don't hold your interest.  I won't feel guilty about tossing them aside now.  and yea,  add me to the ones that hunt down the love scenes anyway LOL.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 6:03 PM ET
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gosh if I'm halfway through and there are no sex scenes I start skimming to see if they exist! I've actualy had a blaze or two that didnt' have any til halfway but the stories were good and the 'tension' was there so I kept reading(only cheated on one!) but I idid start skimming in the robyn carr book (deep in the valley) but finished it anyways..the 2nd I skipped ot the end to see if she was happy then put it aside til a latertime! and not much in the sex dept but a very involved story with domestic violence issues and tons of characters to keep straight..not ideal for night shift!

I've, um, also skimmed for the 'good stuff' before buying the book or before ever reading it at all..which is one reason I haven't read the entire story in lora leigh's 2nd seal book!

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 6:36 PM ET
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I will just cast it aside.  Usually skip to the ending first to see how it comes out.  I started one yesterday.  30 pages in, I realized I didn't want to read the other 300+ pages, it just seemed like it was going to drag on FOREVER.  So, now it's on my shelf so someone else can read it.

I agree, too many books, too little time!

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 4:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/26/2007 10:01 PM ET
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I used to finish everything but life is short.  If I find myself bored, I skip to the end and read the last page or so.  If I like the way it ends, I'll slog along figuring it'll get better.  If I don't like the end, I'll put the book aside figuring I at least know how it ends so I won't be left wondering.