This is a short post, but one meant to satisfy my own curiosity about my friends out there who read. Just wondering if you’re the type that quits a book you don’t enjoy or tries to slog through ’til the end.
I used to be a slog-through-to-the-end type. I figured if they invested the time writing it and I thought it was interesting to pick up, I ought to finish it. Like that dude from Brokeback Mountain, I was a “I wish I knew how to quit you,” kinda gal. But nowadays, I’m the “life is too short” type. I’m not sure if it’s just that I’m getting older, or because I always feel short of time to accomplish my daily goals, but either way, I’ve made the decision that if it isn’t working, I’m not going to continue.
I don’t give up after a few pages, but if I’m 60 or so pages in and it’s awful, I’m done. In the immortal words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Interestingly, it took me well into adulthood to come to that conclusion.
However, my daughter, 7, has come to that conclusion already. She was reading the Divergent series, and loved books one and two. She got to book three in the series and quit. Seriously, just quit after about 50 pages. I was like, “Don’t you want to know how it ends?” She shook her head. “Not if it’s like the beginning of the book.” She seriously had no interest. I even offered to read her the book at bedtime, to which she said, “No, no, no.” She was done. (While I generally will give up a book I don’t like, I must admit, I wouldn’t quit the final book of a series I’d otherwise liked. I have to know how it ends.) She decided that it wasn’t her thing, and she’d rather spend her time reading other books or doing something else.
But again, that leads me back to my question:
(P.S. I rarely get to use ride or die chick, so thanks for letting me use it in the poll)