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View Poll Results: Do you finish reading every book you start reading?
Yes. I finish a book no matter what. 38 20.99%
No. I'll leave a book unfinished. 139 76.80%
Go away. 4 2.21%
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Do you finish every book you start?

I don't.

If it's not holding my interest after, at most, halfway through, I don't spend any more time on it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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No. There are definitely some I start and just can not get thru. Too boring; too badly written; whatever. I mark them with a DNF tag in Calibre and move on.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:54 AM   #3
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No!
It is rare, but there have been a few that made it through the in-store screening (getting harder to do with on-line stores). The Blurb suckered me in , that was the best part

Then there is the book that took me the longest to finish
Hawaii, I would read a chapter, the set it aside. Read another chapter a month later ... Finally made it to the end.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:00 PM   #4
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I try to read an excerpt before I buy, but if despite that I don't like the book, I don't finish it.

There have been two cases where I was still reading but getting bored, and fate intervened. The first was a pbook, and someone brushed by me in the métro and sent it to the floor. I picked it up but didn't bother finding the place I was reading. The second was an e-book, and I had decided to read to the end although it was not stellar, but the file was corrupted and I missed the last few chapters.

Usually though, I can stop by myself if I decide the book is not worth my time. This happens more often with free books, because I don't necessarily screen them before downloading.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #5
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It's very, very rare that I don't finish a book once I start it but there have been a few.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #6
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No, if i'm not enjoying it after about 50-60 pages in I stop reading it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #7
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Mostly yes, but there have been exceptions.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:02 PM   #8
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No; but I was much more tolerant when I was younger, and would press right on to the end. Since I started writing, I notice craft issues. Word echoes, a slab of 'As you know, Bob,' dialogue, or throat-clearing instead of getting on with the story really put me off.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:03 PM   #9
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I used to have to finish, but I've now learned that there are FAR too many good books to waste time reading bad ones!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:05 PM   #10
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I voted YES, although it happened to me few times (probably less than 10 out of several thousands books I've read) to quit. They were either too boring or I didn't like the style or whatever and I didn't want to continue. Just an example: Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" - I really couldn't stand it and I admit - I don't like sentences that start at the beginning of one page and finish in the middle of the next one.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:08 PM   #11
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:12 PM   #12
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I voted YES, although it happened to me few times (probably less than 10 out of several thousands books I've read) to quit. They were either too boring or I didn't like the style or whatever and I didn't want to continue. Just an example: Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" - I really couldn't stand it and I admit - I don't like sentences that start at the beginning of one page and finish in the middle of the next one.
I have been reading Proust on and off since I got a reader, and I get the feeling I sometimes pick it up, start reading in the middle of a sentence, read a few pages, then stop reading, and that same sentence is still running
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Life is too short to waste any of it reading bad books.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:47 PM   #14
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Sometimes I finish bad books out of sheer morbid curiosity. The merely boring ones I usually just stop reading.

Unless they're required texts, in which case I slog through them, cursing along the way.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:52 PM   #15
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About 1% of the time, I'll abandon a book. Some books are just too tedious and badly written to waste more time on. Usually, if I make it one third of the way through the book, I'll finish it.
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