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Should I give up on my book?

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StealthPolarBear Thu 26-Mar-20 17:33:09

I love reading and love having a book I can't wait to read each other evening. Every now and then I buy one that I can't get into, less frequent now I use an e reader and get samples.
But I'm into one at the moment. I can't remember who's who and can't say I really care. Nothing is happening, it's just so dull. I had a look last night to see if I was almost finished and was shocked to learn I was less than a quarter of the way through.
But I invested 99p grin and have invested time so far. I am mildly interested in how it ends and would like someone just to tell me so I can give up on it.

SurpriseSparDay Thu 26-Mar-20 17:39:25

Trouble is our real lives are so extraordinary atm that any fiction has to be unusually persuasive to hold interest.

What’s the book?

And, if you haven’t read Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel - you should.

StealthPolarBear Thu 26-Mar-20 17:40:43

I think it's called little lies. All the women have similar names so I can't remember which one is which.
Tha ks for the recommendation

Queenparsnip Thu 26-Mar-20 17:41:18

I would read something else for now. Given the circumstances you want something really good just now. You can always go back to it at some point and try again.

samlovesdilys Thu 26-Mar-20 17:42:21

I regularly give up on books...but when I find a really good one I also happily re-read regularly so figure the two balance each other...what I need to work out is how to delete the ones I didn't like from my kindle so I don't have to scroll through them!!

StealthPolarBear Thu 26-Mar-20 17:42:37

I'm working extra hours and also doing them around children (who to be fair are easy). When I have time to switch off I want something gripping - I'm happy with chick lit at the moment. I don't want something I have to plough though. But abandoning it would be a waste smile
I realise this isn't actually a big problem, just a chatty thread.

StealthPolarBear Thu 26-Mar-20 17:43:17

I rarely re read. The ones I do I tend to biy physical copies of.

Justsaynonow Thu 26-Mar-20 17:44:26

Life's too short to finish a bad book. Especially since you have an ereader. Can you download for free from the library? (to avoid risking another 99p? grin

Crikey0000 Thu 26-Mar-20 17:45:32

Definitely ditch the book. If you have an ereader you can try another sample.

EverythingChanges321 Thu 26-Mar-20 17:45:38

God no. If a book hasn’t got me by about 20 pages in, it’s ditched.
You’ve probably spent more on take-away coffees than e-books so I wouldn’t lose sleep just yet. wink

Grabbner Thu 26-Mar-20 17:45:56

I used to feel a real compulsion to finish any book I started - felt that someone had invested so much of themselves into writing it that reading it was the least I could do.

Now I’ve decided life’s too short! Have given up on probably the last 5 I’ve started. I did finish The Whisper Man this morning but am the same as you Stealth - can’t remember who was who and don’t care.

StealthPolarBear Thu 26-Mar-20 17:46:40

I didn't expect to get support!
I might give it another go tonight in the hope it will grip me then write it off

ParisInTheSpringtime Thu 26-Mar-20 17:48:17

I am in the midst of a second attempt at Wolf Hall. I still don’t see the attraction - it is as dull as dishwater. But I will persevere!

bookmum08 Thu 26-Mar-20 17:49:04

I have just abandoned 'watching you' by Lisa Jewell. I thought short chapters and a big font might make it an easy read but it was just 'meh'. Boring characters to be honest. I gave up before the end of another Lisa Jewell book last year. I guess she isn't the author for me.

ladygracie Thu 26-Mar-20 17:50:04

Can you just read the last couple of chapters to find out how it ends? Unless you don’t care, in which case just give up & let the 99p go!

Grabbner Thu 26-Mar-20 17:50:15

Oh and I also can’t work out how to delete books sam from my kindle. I think I’ve done it but no, there they still are.

StealthPolarBear Thu 26-Mar-20 17:53:04

Oh sorry its called missing. Little lies was the last one I struggled through sorry.
Endless people talking cryptically to one another. The main man has the personality of a fish and yet is involved in a love square with three women. Page 170 of 599.

RonaldBiliousWeasley Thu 26-Mar-20 17:53:20

Life’s too short to finish a bad book.

SoupDragon Thu 26-Mar-20 17:53:26

I hate giving up on a book! It makes me feel such a failure 😂

raffle Thu 26-Mar-20 17:56:46

I never give up on a book. Even if it’s completely dire. I have to plough through so I can finish and say to myself “I was right, it was complete and utter shite” grin

SnakePlant Thu 26-Mar-20 17:59:06

Maybe it’s not the right time to read it. Put it to one side and give it another go some time in the future. If you still can’t get into it then, abandon ship.

StealthPolarBear Thu 26-Mar-20 17:59:35

Done. I really struggled with th following couple of pages, it just didn't engage me at all. On to something hopefully more entertaining

KatnissK Thu 26-Mar-20 18:00:23

Right choice OP! Life's too short to read books you don't enjoy. Good luck with your next choice.

goodwinter Thu 26-Mar-20 18:19:32

Is it Big Little Lies? If so, watch the HBO series! It's incredible

StealthPolarBear Thu 26-Mar-20 18:50:16

No, it was called missing.
I'm now reading skin by Liam brown. Presumably no coincidence that it's being recommended at the moment! It seemed very good so far and I've just paid £4.99 for it shock

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