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Rainey June 8th, 2014 2:54am

Book readers: how long do you give a book to get good before you stop reading it?

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Maj Worth Economist
06/09/14 8:11 am

It really depends. I usually put it down when it's so infuriating that I want to physically throw it at the wall. I did manage to make it through Twilight, though (for a friend). And I actually finished Fallen. I hated both.

dahawwl Texas
06/09/14 7:02 am

Varies. Depends on how bad it it and who referred it.

firefly5 the verse
06/09/14 6:10 am

100 or so pages. I can usually get a feel for it by then, even if it's just the writing style.

MogoshKatz Wisconsin
06/09/14 4:46 am

Depends on the book. Some, I can't even get past the first chapter. Others, I can force myself to read more in hopes it gets better.

catpillow Florida West Coast
06/08/14 10:15 pm

Halfway through. Sometimes it takes a while to set things up. A good example is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. No spoilers, but those characters that seemed lame at first, turned int characters that made my draw drop later in the book. "She did what?"

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SmileyMoM Lab Rat Vampire
06/09/14 6:02 am

That was a great book. Kind of a Dateline type story--one we have heard many times. And then a twist and it was a great story.

MakiMaaka Louisiana
06/08/14 8:36 pm

I do t want to give up in a book so I end up going halfway through it before I finally think this is getting ridiculous, but by then I'm already half way done, might as well finish...

Ivyra Earth
06/08/14 8:35 pm

I have to be honest, I always select books that I don't get bored of somehow.

Ivyra Earth
06/08/14 8:35 pm

Or maybe it's just impossible for me to get bored.

Lelouch Partisan Free Zone
06/08/14 7:38 pm

1st couple chapters or 25 pages. If it doesn't keep my interest I'm done with the book.

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TBucktu
06/08/14 7:34 pm

If the book hasn't captivated me in the first few chapters, it doesn't deserve to be read anymore. Or at least that's my philosophy.

AussieGirl Oz the Land of Wonder
06/08/14 6:47 pm

I'll give it 2-3 chapters. If the author hasn't grabbed me by then, it's probably a no-win.

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SmileyMoM Lab Rat Vampire
06/08/14 5:38 pm

I finish almost everything.
On my Kindle I am usually reading 5 or so books at once. I read a chapter or a few in each book and skip around. That works well for me as long as the books are different subject matter. Some books take a long time.......

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brenstal Florida
06/08/14 5:37 pm

I'll go up to halfway, unless the book is particularly bad.

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WhoAreYou Up In The Trees
06/08/14 5:15 pm

How can you give up? You never know - you might only be a page or so away from the best part. You cannot say a book is no good until you have read the whole thing.

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jvc1133 61535
06/08/14 4:33 pm

If I've selected it I'm commented

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ProfDG I Want Truth
06/08/14 4:21 pm

I can usually tell within 30-40 pages.

skinner Jersey City
06/08/14 9:21 am

I don't give up. I've read some pretty stupid books as a result.

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Loryn41 great falls Montana
06/08/14 8:58 am

I give my a book a day then if it still boring then I give up

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nicolebliss31
06/08/14 7:40 am

Three chapters in if it isn't good by then I stop

CalTexHawk spiral arm
06/08/14 6:40 am

1/3 of the book

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cpaswr just say the letters
06/08/14 5:20 am

I usually finish all books I read.

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R3dzombi3 Space, probably
06/08/14 5:02 am

About three chapters. If, by that point, I don't like the writing style or the story line ends up being unlikable, I'll try something else.

sarahbc13 The Beach
06/08/14 4:28 am

First couple of chapters..

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CTYankee!!! Connecticut
06/08/14 2:17 am

One chapter.
I try and read about 5 pages in the store.

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Shazam Scaramouche, OH
06/08/14 1:43 am

I hate giving up on a book. I have decided that if it hasn't grabbed me me page 100, it's not going to though.

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DuckAndCower
06/08/14 1:14 am

If I don't give up after a page or two, I'm finishing it.

dyousif Rhode Island
06/08/14 1:11 am

The last and only book I gave up on was "Under the Dome" by Steven King. I wanted to enjoy it, it had an interesting premise, I stopped reading after about 30 pages. King is too 'descriptive' for me.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
06/08/14 8:14 am

I have that my bookshelf. I've been trying to decide if I want to read it or not. I think I'll pass

dyousif Rhode Island
06/08/14 11:55 am

The TV show is good though.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
06/08/14 11:58 am

I haven't watched it yet. I thought it was a mini series but I saw that the second season is coming out soon

dyousif Rhode Island
06/08/14 12:10 pm

Can't wait for the second season.

Gingerred primum non nocere
06/07/14 11:48 pm

It varies. Until I feel like I've lost complete interest/can't tolerate another word.

One book took only a paragraph. Another I got 1/3 of the way through.

146787456777 .......
06/07/14 11:20 pm

usually between 1/4 to 1/2 of the way. if its not good by then... meh.

DrReid Ever present.
06/07/14 11:11 pm

Huh, funny that. Once I have read at least 3 pages, I generally finish the book one way or another.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
06/07/14 10:38 pm

I never give up. It would kill me and I would not be able to pick up another book until I finished it.

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fracy A deeper shade of blue.
06/07/14 10:11 pm

I still finish the book even if I hate it. Red Rising was a recent example of that.

alynn Somewhere wonderful
06/07/14 9:38 pm

I've only given up on one book, but I restarted it twice and gave it about 150 pages. It's a good book...just not my genre I guess. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
06/07/14 9:25 pm

A few chapters. If I'm not interested by then, I have no motivation to finish it. I've never liked a book that I didn't like within the first 2 chapters.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/07/14 9:15 pm

I'll generally try to read the whole thing once I start. I'll read every other chapter if it's really bad, and rarely I will just cut my losses and give up. Not often though.

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davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
06/07/14 9:12 pm

One hour, if it doesn't have me hooked; I have a very long list of books on my too read list.

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TierasPet
06/07/14 8:50 pm

Two chapters maximum.

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Wino I need a drink
06/07/14 8:48 pm

100 pages. I still usually finish, but I try to give it 100 pages.

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
06/07/14 8:20 pm

Well I start if it doesn't get batter I usually go to the middle part if it's better I go back to where I left off and finish, if it's still not getting interesting I stop reading, and move to another book,

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/07/14 8:12 pm

If I start, I typically finish the book. It will likely take the back burner, though.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
06/07/14 8:04 pm

Depends if it has a lot of cursing and I stop very close to right away. And if it's very graphic violence I stop right away. Usually I finish most of the books I start.

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MrEdwin Mystery
06/07/14 8:01 pm

I finish every book I start

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CorblaKhan Team Skynet
06/07/14 8:01 pm

I'll give it a solid go, but if I forget to pick it up again in favor of another book, then that's the way it goes...

Praetorianus Fair enough.
06/07/14 8:00 pm

If I see artsy style that disrupts the narrative flow, or to many settings and jumps into past or future, less than five pages, otherwise about 20.

Kay41 the Midwest
06/07/14 7:58 pm

Usually about 100 pages. I keep hoping it will get better.

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