Friday, October 15, 2010

Book Blogger Hop! Time to Boogie!

Special thanks to Jessica at Crazy-for-Books for hosting this week's Book Blogger Hop - my first ever!  Check out her blog to learn more about the Blog Hop and how it works. 

This week's question:

When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title? 

No, I typically don't stick it out.  I will leaf through the remaining part and get a general idea of what happens, but I don't have a lot of extra time on my hands between work, family obligations and other things.  So, if the book fails to grab me, then it gets shelved or returned to the library.  The day is short, and I want to go to bed with a great read on my mind!

However, if the book seriously ticks me off, then that's a hook!  I will read the whole thing just to see how much more ticked off I can get, or to see if the book redeems itself.  The other exception is if the book is a part of a series that I've enjoyed.  I will stick with a book and the author then. Hey, not every book in a series is going to be an author's best, right?


  1. Welcome to the Hop! I don't keep reading either. Too little time and too many other books out there....

  2. Haha, tell me about it! And thanks for being first-ever comment! I am brand spanking new to the blogging world, and this is my first week in it. I figured that if I spend all my time reading, I might as well write about it, too. . . So glad there are others who feel the same way!

  3. I totally understand finishing a book because it ticks you off. That's how I read The Lost Symbol. Sometimes it's good to be really irritated by a book. It's great motivation.

    Sarah @ Loving Books

  4. That is an intriguing response, B.B. I guess I can see how being ticked off could be an incentive...being part of a beloved series, too.

    Here's my Hop post:

  5. @Letter4no1 Haha, this mostly happens when I am reading something politically charged. As much as I want to throw the book across the room, I keep on going!

    @Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow, it's a bit like being angry at something so ridiculous, that it warrants a response. Boy howdy, if the book was a person, eh?

  6. Visiting from the Blog Hop.

    I agree that not every book in a series will be good especially if it seems the series is wearing itself out. I've run into that but I couldn't through the series.

  7. I'm guilty of finishing a book because it ticks me off and I'm too stubborn to let it beat me OR I really am trying to figure out what the world sees and I am missing. I did this with The Da Vinci Code, The Historian and the entire Twilight series. I started getting a complex thinking I was the bizarre person who lived in backwards world because I thought the books were terrible. I actually laughed through most of the Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown's character descriptions were hilarious and cliche.


  8. Welcome to the hop! I have definitely finished a book because I thought it got ridiculous and just HAD to see where the author was going with it! But there have also been books that felt more like work than for enjoyment, and even though I felt guilty - I did not pick them up again.


  9. @Charlie - HA, I am guilty of that, too, with the Twilight series ***faceofshame***. I know what you mean with the whole Dan Brown thing - I thought DaVinci Code was a fun read, but for me, if a book doesn't have solid characterization, I can't bite. If a work of fiction isn't deeply involved in the progress of the people in it, I lose interest.

    @Sarah & SapphireReads - glad I am not alone! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

  10. Happy Follow Friday!!! Hope you will stop by my blog too!

    Emma Michaels

  11. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm a new follower. I totally understand abandoning a bad library book but I usually buy my novels (I have a goal to have read and own 1,000 books) so I feel too guilty to abandon the book. I have had reads that have drawn me in by the end and changed my mind. Have an awesome weekend!

  12. New follower here!

    I have that problem currently, I'm wading my way through Naomi Novik's second Temeraire book, where they literally are on a slow boat to China... the characters are bored, and so am I.

    I almost wonder if she's doing a psychological test on her readers, seeing if they'll stick it out.

    Check out my Blog Hop and Follow Friday HERE!