Monday, September 26, 2011

Musing Mondays

This is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading

The question today is: what does it take for you to give up on a book you've been reading?

For most of my life, I never gave up on a book. I continued through to the bitter end. I don't like to invest the time in a story and not give it a chance. These days, though, I don't have the time to force myself to read something I don't like. I have a pile of books on my kitchen table and a list of ebooks accumulating on my computer for when I get my Nook. I only get a few hours to myself each day. I can't waste my precious time.

Lately, I've been reading a lot of YA books. There's been a lot of hit and miss. I recently finished Possession by Elena Johnson and I loved it. I then tried a book called Discord's Apple and I couldn't get into it. I liked the premise of it, but the story didn't suck me in. So I put it down. Now I've started The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I'm really liking it so far. Those are big books!

11 comments:

  1. love The Mortal Instruments series! Hope you continue to enjoy them. The Infernal Devices, which is like a prequel to TMI, is pretty good as well.

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  2. I'll usually get through it, but I did read one recently that I put down after three chapters. Life is too short!

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  3. I really enjoyed "The Mortal Instruments", although I was quite happy to leave it at "City of Glass", and haven't been tempted to continue with the story.

    I do agree about not wanting to waste precious time. When it becomes very hard going with a book, I'm usually inclined to give it up. I'm reading one of those currently. Not sure how much longer I'll last.

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  4. I find some books start to get repetitive -- things happen in the same sequence and the plot doesn't seem to go anywhere -- runaway, get caught, get away, repeat ... I get bored with that and will skip to the end. I also don't care to be able to see the entire plot before chapter one ends. Why read the rest? I rarely put a book down half way thru, but I've done it a couple of times this year. Both historical romances. OK, the centaurs, too. Don't ask me about those, it was research. :-O

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  5. I used to hardly ever give up a book, but I find I'm doing it more often, too.

    I liked The Mortal Instruments. It's a really good series--though I felt that the fourth book was unnecessary.

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  6. For me it's all about voice. I'm around teens all the time, so I know how they sound. If you don't get me with a believable voice then I won't read the story--even if the plot is excellent.

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  7. More recently I've started putting books down that don't hold my interest - after all time is precious and I don't want to waste it reading something that bores me... I have a few of those that just didn't do it for, so I move on:)

    I'm curious to see what you think of The Mortal Instruments since I found some pretty annoying things in book 1, but won't spoil it for you.

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  8. I have a stack of books I couldn't finish. About half way I just can't stomach the rest. They're still there but... Possession is on my TBR list.

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  9. The Mortal Instruments series are big books, but they are so great you'll never want them to end! Have fun reading! :)

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  10. M Pax, repetitive stories make me skim. I do want to know about the centaurs thing now. Especially after a recent conversation my husband and I had regarding them!

    Alleged Author, voice is very important. If I can't stand to read how the protagonist is thinking, I can't continue on.

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