How do you know when it’s time to give up on a book?
Should you keep slogging away, even if you’re not enjoying it?
My answer is no. Life’s too short.
But it becomes difficult when you’re shadowing a book award with pupils. You’re asking them to read 8 books and judge which one should be the winner.
Of course, I tell them if they really aren’t enjoying it, then they shouldn’t feel pressured to keep reading. Some of them have been struggling with Code Name Verity. I haven’t tried that one yet.
The book I refer to is In Darkness. I really am not enjoying it. I put it down and picked up another book and read that so quickly. Then I’m back to In Darkness and I can’t find anything to like about it.
So it is certainly not a book that I would pick as a winner of the Carnegie Book Award 2013. But should I keep reading it so I can discuss it with the pupils? I’ve read 129 pages. That’s definitely enough to know you don’t like a book. But is it enough to have an in depth discussion?
Other books I haven’t been able to finish:
- 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson – could a book be any more complicated? I wasn’t reading that book. I was deciphering it. Gave up. Too much like a translation exercise and not enough like reading a story.
- The Duchess by Amanda Foreman – Boring!
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini – Too much description for my taste.
- The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer – Felt like I got the big twist in the first few pages. Didn’t seem much point in carrying on.
- The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson – Couldn’t stand the style. Urgh!
- The Submission by Amy Waldman – Found the first half really interesting but I got stuck in the middle. There wasn’t much action and so I didn’t keep reading. I do wonder if I should have persevered with that one.
I don’t give up on a book lightly. Do you?
Who else thinks about their Goodreads goal when they have to give up on a book?