Thoughts: Unfinished books
There are several reasons why I would decide to abandon a book midway, but I must say first that I always try to give the book a fair chance. I like to read at least half of it before deciding to leave it aside or not. I tend to be very specific about the books I read, and I must admit, not always adventurous, so that it's actually fairly rare that I come across a book that I do not want to finish. Most of the time they are not even bad books, just, you know, not-for-me books. Books that bore me, or books that are dissapointing somehow, have a great chance of being abandon unless they are very short. I haven't come across many books that make me angry, or that I feel insult my intelligence as a (female) human being, but it does happen. Those don't get much of a chance.
Most of the time, though, I leave a book behind when I cannot connect to its characters and/or plot.
Take the book The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June (pictured) that I just abandoned. The writing wasn't bad, nor was the plot (although not much had happened yet), but it did annoy me a lot (I could not find anything entertaining in the almost constant banter/fighting between the three sisters). I acknowledge that this was purely personal. There wasn't any big issues like blatant sexism, racism, homophobia, etc. that would make me close the book almost immediately, it was just that it didn't retained my attention. I couldn't care about the charaters or about what happened to them. That said I must say that the author showed real talent in crafting rapid and dynamic dialogues. I would actually even go as far enough as to recommend this book, or at least tell people to try it out.
It therefore made me think a bit about the reasons we choose to finish a book or not. I feel that sometimes, it's not even a choice, I HAVE to finish certain books, that there is no way I am doing anything else before I turn that last page. Those are the best books of all.
So, what about you? Do you finish all of the books you start? What are the reasons you have to continue or stop reading a book?