It’s finally Friday! One week to go and I’m overly excited, I don’t think I’ve ever been more in the Christmas spirit than this year, I am even decorating gingerbread houses with my best friend, how can that be?! Today I’ll be discussing how I deal with problematic books – as always, Let’s Talk Bookish is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books.
I always give them a chance
I’m not someone to end a book after one page of reading. Some blogger once wrote that a book must be treated with respect because it’s always the heart’s work of some author – and I live by that. Even if a book might not be what you expected and you therefore didn’t enjoy it, the author still poured their heart into it and that shouldn’t be forgotten. Which is why I tend to give each book a chance and never immediately stop after just a few pages…
But when do I stop?
I don’t force myself to read a problematic book all the way through, life’s too short for that and time too precious. I usually give the book five chapters if it’s one I strongly dislike and 70-100 pages if it’s okay but I can’t see any development. Five chapters/ 70 pages are, in my opinion, enough time for the author to make a point, introduce the characters properly and create a certain plot line. If that hasn’t happened, I put it down.
However, you should never force yourself
Never force yourself to stick to a book / a certain page count just because you want to give it another chance. If you realize that this book isn’t right for you 100%, maybe you strongly disapprove of a message or if some plot is too intense – do yourself a favor and stop. We all read for entertainment (except if we have to read for school/work) and if you don’t see any entertaining factor, then just stop and read something fun!
That’s it: I’m always that girl saying Give it another chance!, but sometimes you just have the feeling that you two won’t get along and that’s okay and reason enough to put it down!
I hope you enjoyed this discussion, tell me: how do you deal with problematic books? Do you have a certain page limit you read until you decide it’s enough? Feel free to comment! Happy reading!