First, thank you so much for voting ! ❤ 🙂 Polling has closed on my unfinished books post and here are the results 🙂
Q1. Do you give up on some books ?
That is a whopping 77% saying “Yes” and 23% saying “No”. Actually for the first 2 days, it was a full 100% saying “Yes” so I am surprised it even got up to 23%.
Where do I stand ? 🙂 I would have voted “Yes”. There was a time when I would force myself to finish a book even if I didn’t like the story all that much. I even made it a point to read every book in every series by Enid Blyton. But now that has changed and I don’t mind moving on. The minute I start feeling that it is becoming an enormous effort to read it or that I am not inclined to pick it up after putting it down once, I know I have to drop it.
Q2.Do you feel it necessary to finish the classics you start ?
In this case it is 75% saying “No” and 25% saying “Yes”. The reason I included a specific question on classics is because I felt that I’m much more particular about finishing a classic than a contemporary novel. I put in more effort there and I wanted to know what others felt. Maybe it is because of the history and significance of the book or the fact that it has an iconic status and I feel that I may miss out on something great by not reading it. I think the only classic I have left unfinished is Catch-22.
Q3. What are the reasons that make you give up on a book ?
In decreasing percentage share of votes
Style of writing is not my cup of tea – 28%
Story doesn’t seem to be going anywhere – 24%
Too much profanity/love scenes – 14%
I have my own unique reason which you have left out – 14%
Characters are poorly sketched out – 10%
Story is too dark, twisty and depressing – 10%
This is almost fully in line with my own reasons. 🙂 The only difference is that I would push “style of writing” to 3rd place. That would make “Story not going anywhere” and “Too much profanity” my top 2 reasons. Profanity or love scenes can be part of the story but when a novel has them as page fillers to make up for lack of a story, I would just drop the book.
Hanna from Book Geeks Anonymous had written in the comments
I also checked the “I have my own reasons” box in your poll and that reason is that sometimes, I like the book I’m reading, but there’s another one that I want to read even more, so I put the first book on hold indefinitely.
Of course ! How could I forget that ? I have put many non-fiction (particularly history) books on hold to make way for a new fiction acquisition 😀
That wraps it up guys ! 🙂 What do you think ?