I have been seriously considering this concept lately. It seems not every reader has the same reasoning behind finishing or not finishing a book.
When I start a novel, I do finish it. The only thing that will make me put the book down before it is over is if there was swearing or inappropriate scenes. That turns me off faster than I can blink. But often, even with fiction that isn't stellar, I tend to finish it. I just completed a novel (it will remain nameless to protect the innocent) that I basically skimmed from start to finish. It just didn't grab me. I didn't feel as if I were inside the world of the characters, living it with them. That will lead me to skimming faster than anything.
I don't really have an answer as to why I finish every book. I guess so I can say that I at least read it and maybe there is a chance that it will pick up and be really good by the time it hits the ending. Stranger things have happened.
So what about you? Do you finish every book you start regardless of how dry and boring it may be? Or do you consider your time a commodity and only read the books that grab your attention from page one?
I am in the middle of VBS at my house today (and the rest of this week), but I will attempt to jump in on the discussion. : )
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