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If, for me at least, it really has no redeeming features then, yes, I will quit. Though I will usually give it at least a hundred pages. Years ago I would stubbornly press on regardless but now I'm older I take much more of a "life's too short" view. When I do quit I will still write up my thoughts but I will make it clear that I did not complete the book.Do you finish books you do not like? I will usually quit by 50 pages.
Well said .I try to write down a few thoughts on every book I read whether I liked it or not. I find the process helps me appreciate the books better and, possibly, scratch the surface of just why I like some and dislike others. It also makes me read a little more critically; some might feel that could detract from the enjoyment of the story but I find it enhances my enjoyment of a good story and makes me more willing to give up and avoid wasting my time on a bad one. Posting these thoughts in the Chrons Review forum sometimes results in some discussion with others which, again, is something I enjoy and, particularly in the case of a good book, can extend my enjoyment of the book over a longer period of time.
I rarely actually recommend books; I'm acutely aware that when it comes to books it really is horses for courses. I don't say I never recommend books, just rarely.
I wouldn't let that stop me from recommending books because I think you'll find that more people are appreciative to the recommendations then are not.I've stopped talking about books I've read some time ago, when people started to actually get mad at me for having recommended one or the other, and I don't recall I ever did that to anyone. Though quite a few have recommended books I didn't like I was always polite if they should ask, but lots of people act like they're really offended that I wasted their time, so I stopped doing it. I wonder why that is, I don't think I gush.
Consider how many recommendations you made over the years. and how it all multiplies and magnifies. It works out to be a huge impact on people and on the world .Because I love reading, I love talking about what I'm reading, and I want others to enjoy it also!
Besides, after working in a library for 8 years recommending books kind of became second nature. I always loved it when a patron would come up to me and ask if I could recommend something. It gave me a chance to highlight some of the ones I've truly enjoyed and think are under-loved or over-shadowed by *cough* lesser *cough* books.
I did not discover Tolkien, Lewis, or Dahl on my own... they were all highly recommended and/or given to me at a young age. And although Dumas, Homer, and Bunyan were all required reading in school, I am very grateful.And because if I recommend books and tell a bit about why I like them so that other people might decide they'd like to read them, I hope someone will return the favor for me.
I did that with Lord Fouls Bane , I quit at about 50 pages , at the time , I found it to ponderous. Then a few years late a friend suggested to me. that give I give it a second try, which I did. What a great book I almost missed.Do you finish books you do not like? I will usually quit by 50 pages.