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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, 08:17 PM   #31
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I'll give it a chance but I'll know after a chapter or two if it is worth my time.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:34 PM   #32
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If I make it through the first chapter, I will finish it. I have had too many books redeem themselves at the end to quit.
This makes me want to go back and read all my abandoned books.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:46 PM   #33
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I finish every book I start, though not always in one sitting. I might put it down and come back to it a month or two later and finish it. Some books are bad, but I am not one person who can leave a story unfinished.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:13 PM   #34
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While I finish every book I start, I may have to come back to it. Lot a times if a book languishing or boring to me I will put it away and read something else. Then come back to it a few weeks later. 90% of the time the book is fine after that. It turned out not to be the book but was something to do with me. The other 10% I find its the book.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:49 PM   #35
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If I make it through the first chapter, I will finish it. I have had too many books redeem themselves at the end to quit.
That's why I will stay with a book to at least 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through. However, even if the last chapter were to prove to be positively stunning, having to read through that much bad book just wouldn't be worth it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:34 PM   #36
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I don't.

If it's not holding my interest after, at most, halfway through, I don't spend any more time on it.
I finish nearly everything I start...unless it's so downright terrible I can't endure it anymore.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:41 PM   #37
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I just quit reading Live Free or Die by John Ringo.

There was only death if I continued reading that book.

It was my first Baen book.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:36 AM   #38
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There's a reason why there's a meme that goes "OH JOHN RINGO NO", and it sounds like you've just encountered it.

But there's plenty of good stuff at Baen. I suggest trying Lois McMaster Bujold. She's got a really nice novella up at the Free Library.

Or Rick Cook if you like light comedy with computer programming in it.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:05 AM   #39
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That's why I will stay with a book to at least 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through. However, even if the last chapter were to prove to be positively stunning, having to read through that much bad book just wouldn't be worth it.
Once, I picked a book from my parent's shelve. I was somewhere between 10-15. I started reading the book, but just couldn't get to the half-way point. A few months later, I tried again. Same result. Only at the third try did I finish the book. It's one of my most favourite books of all. One of those that I'll try to find a hardcover as soon as our lounge is done (which means I'll have bought four copies of it, paperback, ebook, audiobook and finally hardcover, five if you count the mini-series that was made from it).

The book was Shogun by James Clavell.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:25 AM   #40
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If a book doesn't appeal to me I quit. I give it a fair chance, 1/3 to 1/2 of the book. I must admit I rarely do it. Then again, I never ever buy on impulse. I always do a good research before I acquire a book.
I have checked my Goodreads bookshelves. There are approximately 300 books and only 6 are marked as unfinished. Although, to be honest, there is a dozen of books I was not supposed to read. It was a waste of time I deeply regret of reading them, when I could enjoy their betters.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:44 AM   #41
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If the book begins to not interest me anymore, away it goes and the next one comes along for reading…

I read mostly for pleasure and no way I will be getting myself out of that just “because” I feel “obliged” too…
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:56 AM   #42
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The author has about 10 pages to hook me. If not, then the book's gone.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:26 PM   #43
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Wow, 10 pages is harsh. That's like giving a TV show about a minute to hook you in .
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:40 PM   #44
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I don't finish every book I start. I even created a Collection on my Kindle that's called "Reading/Abandoned" and I put unfinished books there. Sometimes it's a story that I'm just not in the mood for at the time and I'll go back to it.
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I give each book a fair chance but if it hasn't really caught my attention by the time I'm halfway in I shelve it for a while. I may come back to it at some point but then again I may not.
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