Welcome to Booking Through Thursday at http://btt2.wordpress.com/ A weekly post where blogger's such as myself get together to discuss literature and books. If you would like to join our group, or you would like more more information about us, just click on the above link to reach the official Booking Through Thursday web site......
This week our questions are as follows.......
"So.... you're halfway though a book and you're hating it. It's boring. It's trite. It's badly written. But.... you've invested all this time in reading the first half. What do you do? Read the second half? Just to finish out the story? Find out what happens? Or, cut your losses and dump the second half"
I would definitely finish the book. I approach books in general as an assignment. I learned to do that when I started seriously reading as a young adult. It was my brother who actually introduced me to reading. He would pick out books for me to read like 'The Catcher in the Rye' and then we would discuss them. When I was finally able to go to college one of my first professors handed us an Amherst book list and told us we didn't belong in his class if we had not read every book on the list. I have yet to finish that list although I have made quite a dent. Later, at the university I attended, we were assigned a multitude of fiction and non fiction books that related to the courses we were taking. Books I would probably never have chosen to read on my own but thoroughly enjoyed for the most part.
Of course there will always be books that I enjoy more than others but because of my experiences I believe every book has merit on some level. I think there is always something to learn, something the author is trying to get across, or some little piece of information in the book that builds on something else I may have read in the past.
When I first started reading I probably would have put down most of the books I started to read had I not forced myself to finish them. I spend most of my time looking up words, re-reading paragraphs, and sometimes even chapters. The books for the most part were never the problem. The problem was me. I had a limited foundation or experience upon which to build. The more I read, the more I began to enjoy reading, and the more books began to make sense and appeal to me.
Today there are those books that grab my attention right from the beginning and I thoroughly enjoy them right to the last page. There are other books that start off well but have unrealistic or lame endings. Still other books that are boring or difficult to follow in the beginning and yet have fantastic endings. However, had I not finished the book I would have had no way of knowing. I don't think I could possibly have an informed opinion about a book or it's author had I not finished the book.
What about you? If you are half way through a book and don't like it do you finish it or do you dump the second half?
Happy BTT everyone!
With warmest regards, Carol