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post #1 of 29
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And it is the most boring book you have ever read...do you keep reading and finish it, or do you give up and start on a new book?

I ask because I am too obsessive to not finish a book. The one I am reading now is SO BORING and after MONTHS, I am almost finished it. I literally read like 2 pages a night I cannot wait to stroll into Chapters and buy a new one

Do you guys finish bad books?
post #2 of 29
Yeah, I finish them, because I always hope they're going to get better!

I'm the only person I know who's read a book (Moby Dick) three times just hoping I'd like it better the next time around. I mean, its a classic! But yeah, I'm obsessive too. Have to finish it, because I've already spent so much time doing it, I might as well!
post #3 of 29
If I get bored with a book, I jump to the last two pages to see what happened and get it over with.
post #4 of 29
i'd start a new one, if i didn't then i'd probably fall asleep! although, i hardly ever read a book hehe
post #5 of 29
It depends on the book.

Back in 2002 I tried reading "Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring" and I was so lost and confused that I kept falling asleep reading. It took me 4 months or so to read 90 pages! Finally I got fed up and literally tossed it and the 2 sequels into the closet.

A few years ago I saw the movies and enjoyed them. Finally in 2005 I decided to try reading the books again and to my surprise I found that I really enjoyed them, so much in fact that I read them all back to back several times after that.

I'm currently reading some Dean Koontz novels and while some are "ok", others are terribly boring and so redundant. For those I skim through and skip whole paragraphs and even whole pages if it's rambling on and on.
post #6 of 29
I don't even always finish good books. At least not right away. I have a tendency to go back and forth between many books. (usually not novels, although that happens too)

So if a book is boring, I tend to put it down and not come back to it. There are too many books out there to waste time on a boring one.
post #7 of 29
I would toss it aside and get another book. I have over 300 here if you wanna borrow one.
post #8 of 29
It depends on a book. If the author seems to be just rambling on to me, I'll skip ahead randomly and see if I want to continue.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
It depends on a book. If the author seems to be just rambling on to me, I'll skip ahead randomly and see if I want to continue.
yes that is what I do.
post #10 of 29
toss them or give them away, i have never finished a king book yet.
post #11 of 29
Depends. Sometimes I know they're building up to something and then I just read faster (ie... skim)... sometimes I continue to read to finish the book (cough: War and Peace)... sometimes I drop it because I don't care enough.... (Ashamed to say... the Silmarillion. )
post #12 of 29
Nat...Life is too short to read bad books
post #13 of 29
I'm kinda obsessive about finishing books, too. There's only one so far that was just SO unbelievably BORING I couldn't finish it.
post #14 of 29
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If I get bored with a book, I jump to the last two pages to see what happened and get it over with.
And then i check out the cliff notes for the book (if it's a classic- my favorites!) from the libary and read about the highlights Pilgrams Progress & Frankenstein have got to be the worst books i've EVER read.

Give me Shakespeare though and i'll read it cover to cover in no time!!!
post #15 of 29
I've done this and then later gone back to them.

I too have the entire Lord of the Rings set. I read The Hobbit in no time. However, The Fellowship of the Ring is another story entirely....and yes, I've seen and even own all the movies. This seems to be my only exception to the rule.

I have to be "in the mood" for the genre to read it.

I LOVE to read! I've only read textbooks since I read the last Harry Potter book, which I read the day it came out! How sad.
post #16 of 29
I try to read it without peeking to see if anything interesting is happening but most of the time it's just random words strung into sentences. If I think there is a point that the author is trying to make then I will continue. But it also depends on your tastes in books. Personally I am a huge Stephen King fan. I have read almost everything he has wrote. I also read books by other fiction authors like Micheal Chriton, Robert Ludlum, Dan Brown, etc. Almost everything they write I can read cover to cover easily.
post #17 of 29
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Nat...Life is too short to read bad books
So true! Well the book I am reading is The Bourne Ultimatum..I really love the Bourne movies and I'm sure this book is supposed to be good...but I am lost and I just don't think its good AT ALL! I am almost done though..thank goodness!
post #18 of 29
I'll eventually finish the book, but will read 5-6 other books while I'm reading that one.

I think I started "Snow Falling on Cedar" back in 2003...I'm still in the first 10 pages. I think that's the only book I have no desire to pick up again.
post #19 of 29
Actually I don't. A book has to inspire and captivate my imagination - I LOVE books that will daw me into a different world, where my mind can wander and create it's own images and characters. Even if it's beautifully written, a boring book is still a boring book....
post #20 of 29
I'll give up on it if it doesn't bring me in. To me I think that's the author's responsibility to do that.

I've also given up on books because I've felt I've had something better to read.

post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bella713 View Post
Nat...Life is too short to read bad books
This is my thinking too. I get most of my books from the library, so it isn't like I'm out any money if I don't finish something. I used to finish every book no matter what, but yeah, life is too short!
post #22 of 29
Depends on the book. I keep hoping that the book will get better. However, there have been rare occasions, such as with MOBY DICK, that I give up without reading the whole thing.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
So true! Well the book I am reading is The Bourne Ultimatum..I really love the Bourne movies and I'm sure this book is supposed to be good...but I am lost and I just don't think its good AT ALL! I am almost done though..thank goodness!
You're not the only one. My Mom couldn't finish them either. She said they were terrible. I've only watched the movies.

I don't finish bad/boring books. There are too many good books to read instead.
post #24 of 29
I'm a compulsive book finisher too, I absolutely cannot not finish a book. My mom reads a lot of Fern Michaels books and give me them to read and I used to read them until I decided that I jsut can't stand her writing style... so know I just don't start them
post #25 of 29
It depends how boring it is and how long it is! I do like to finish a book even if I'm not particularly enjoying it. On those occasions I know I'm never going to pick it up again and won't want to re-read what I've already got through, so tend to plod on until the end. But I wouldn't do that with a really long book that I hated. The only book I've given up on is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Despite enjoying other Dickens novels, I just can't get to grips with that one and have given up on it twice now and am not going to give it another try.
post #26 of 29
I guess it depends on the book...I read Persuasion (Jane Austen) once...I was pretty bored, but I managed to finish it in a day...mainly because I wanted to get it over with! Surprisingly, I enjoyed some of her other works.

I think whether or not you enjoy a book has a lot to do with your age, how you are feeling, or what your life is like at the moment. Some books that I read when I was younger I didn't really enjoy until I was older. I also didn't read fantasy books until the last few years (strange, I only read horror and mystery novels as a kid!). So, I never really "toss" a book, I just put it only my shelf and pick it up when I'm ready.

-Kristen

p.s. I'm reading "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman, right now. His work is really strange stuff. If you like Alice in Wonderland, Pan's Labyrinth, Mirrormask, or anything like that, you'd probably enjoy Gaiman's work. Very interesting, dark fantasy.
post #27 of 29
I, too, am one who HAS to finish a book. The book I am currently reading I started over 2 years ago. But in my defense, many months went by where I didn't even pick it up. Because of an abundance of non-billable time at work, I have been reading it here and am close to being finished.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Nimbus View Post
p.s. I'm reading "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman, right now. His work is really strange stuff. If you like Alice in Wonderland, Pan's Labyrinth, Mirrormask, or anything like that, you'd probably enjoy Gaiman's work. Very interesting, dark fantasy.
I love his stuff. Have you read American Gods?
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
I'll eventually finish the book, but will read 5-6 other books while I'm reading that one.

If I can't get into a book, I have a difficult time finishing it. But I will eventually, b/c I have to know what the outcome is. Sometimes the beginning of a book is boring, but has a good ending - and vice-versa. There have only been a few books that I tried to read that were just so boring I couldn't finish them..

I usually have 5 or 6 books that I'm reading
at one time, and alternate back and forth between them. It depends upon what kind of mood I'm in, and what I feel like reading.


~KK~
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