The Books I Could Put Down

Sometimes I read a book like this:
And Sometimes I read a book like this:


And lately there's been more of this:
Than this:
Which leads to this:




I never used to put down books, but lately, I don't waste my time.  I'm not sure what changed.  Maybe I just became a mom and lost my patience.  (That didn't sound right...) Maybe I just became a mom and lost my patience for anything that wastes my time.

Are you a die-hard, must-finish, book-reader or do cut your loses and move on?


21 comments:

  1. I read a Book Who Shall Not Be Named a while back, and I HAD to finish it because it was so ridiculously bad. You know, like a car wreck that you can't look away from. But I revised it as I read, so that counts as practicing my craft, right?

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  2. I do feel like I need to finish a book, but lately I've been like you. Life is so busy, I don't have time to waste on a book I don't like.

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  3. I used to finish too, but since I've become more involved in the book world my TBR pile has grown so huge there's just not enough time to read them all. So now if I don't like a book within 3 chapters - I usually set it aside. Unless I've read other things by the author.

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  4. Sorry Candace - that comment from "t" is from me. I'll just add though - when I'm reading a lot I write less and vice versa.

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  5. Now I spelled your name wrong - I'm having issues this morning. Maybe it's time to go back to bed.

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  6. Jeigh,
    The "I-wish-I-were-the-editor book" another classic! Maybe that's why some books drive me crazy. I can't stop editing them in my head!

    Patti,
    I used to feel that way, but then I thought, why do I feel that way? And I couldn't come up with a good answer, so I started cutting my losses.

    T/Mary/Merry,
    :) I'm not a diva about my name.
    And I totally agree on the writing/reading ratio.

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  7. Usually, I'm a die-hard. Like you, though, I've been less patient lately and more likely to put a book down. :-)

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  8. If a book doesn't engage me pretty quickly, I close it, say goodbye and MOVE ON. I have better things to do. Like changing diapers and wiping boogery noses and washing an overflowing sinkful of dishes.

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  9. Yes, I realize that sinkful isn't a word. That's how I roll. :)

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  10. If I check out 10 books from the library, usually five of them go back unread. I lose interest or I get a few pages in and can't stick with it. I used to be hardcore, but now that I read so much, I am picky about what I'm using my time on.

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  11. I hate that I have to finish books. But I HAVE to know how it ends...then I wonder howt his person got published...

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  12. I'm a Putter Downer. (That sounds bad . . .)

    I will give every book a solid 50 pages, but if it fails to engage me by that point, I'll put it away or . . .

    *whispers* Skim the ending to see how it finishes.

    Bad, Renee. Bad!

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  13. Ha! I love this. I'm like you-- I used to read everything to the end, but I just don't have the time or patience anymore. I've put down a lot of books lately if they just don't interest me. Thanks for sharing this!

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  14. I, too used to be a die-hard finisher. On two different occasions I even quit at page 300. 50 became my read-to point. Then it reduced to 20, 10, now 3. I wonder if I'll be so impatient that I'd quit at the first sentence. Word.

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  15. I can't remember that I was ever a do or die finisher. I guess that's because I've always known there were more good books than I'd ever have time to read.

    Plus, now that I'm actively writing, I have even less time for reading, so it has to really grab me to warrant my few minutes a day. I'm such a slow reader nowadays!

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  16. Renee...I sort of do the same thing. Just lately though! I used to make myself finish the book, even if I hated it. Now if I get bored, I just put it down. I hate to not know how it ends though, so I tend to skip to the back... Is that so awful? Maybe it's a writer thing? I notice mistakes more or something now? I don't know...

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  17. I'm like Chantele and Renee, I used to make myself finish, but now I don't. That whole "time" thing. Although, unlike Chantele and Renee, I usually don't skip to the end....hmmm, maybe I should.

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  18. I usually finish books, but I'm the same way lately. Unless I'm hooked or I know the author personally... I put it down. I have too many other things I could be doing.

    As always, totally with you, Candi.

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  19. It depends how invested I am... My pet peeve is a series that gets you hooked at the beginning and than disappoints at the end (I won't name any names). If I've read one or two books in a series than, unfortunately, I have always felt compelled to finish.

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  20. If I'm not totally into it, I don't finish it. And that doesn't always mean it's bad, it's just not for me.

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  21. I love those pictures!!!!

    I picked up a bestseller to help me through the misery of airport travel and it turned out to be way too easy to put down.

    Fortunately, I had a backup book!

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