Chris will quite often stop reading a book at the drop of a hat no problem. Me? Well I rarely do but this year so far I have stopped reading three books and that's not bad I guess considering I have read around 30 this year so far.
The thing is that none of the books I stopped reading were what I would call 'bad' books and I stopped reading around page 130 on all three. So why did I stop reading them?
Going Bovine – this is a simple case of I just didn't get into it. Sometimes its like that with a book, for whatever reason the book doesn't grab you. Perhaps it was because I have just read The little stranger followed by Rebecca and the jump to a book narrated by a teenager speaking teen-speak was abit much. Or maybe because I don't have much luck with YA books, I practically had to drag my way through the Northern Lights. Or perhaps because I guessed the point of the whole thing within a few chapters? This book has had rave reviews and it was proving to be a quick and easy read, just not for me.
The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey – again another book which has had rave reviews and has been short-listed for prizes so please don't let me influence you on this.
The reason I put this book down at page 120 was simply because I didn't like the main character. The book was narrated by this character who is slowly dying from Alzheimers which is a brave a difficult subject for the author to write about. Having worked in the care industry for many years this was an illness I was familiar with. But the narrator was an A-hole, pre-illness he was a man who had cheated on his wife and was quite a selfish and demanding person. I don't have to like a main character in a book I'm reading but in this instance it made a difference to my enjoyment.
The Rapture – I was quite enjoying this book about a disturbed teenager in a mental institution who can foresee natural disasters. The way she taunts her disabled therapist was quite chilling. But around page 130 I realised I had skim-read the last 20 pages so I put it down.
Do you think I gave these books a fair chance? I did read over 100 pages for each of them but maybe I should have pushed on? I don't really have a 50 page rule or anything but what makes you decide you've had enough and close the book?