Monday, June 1, 2009

Musing Mondays - Or, Is Life Too Short for Bad Books?


Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about sticking with it…

How much time (or how many pages) do you give a book that you aren't really enjoying before you'll set it aside? If you're reading it for a book group discussion, or for review, will you give it more of a chance then, say, a book you're reading for your own interest? Why, or why not? (courtesy of MizB)

As the great Kenny Rogers once said, you've got to know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away- and know when to run!

I make a concerted effort to finish every book that I have agreed to review, either for the blog or for the professional journal for which I sometimes write. I will not review a book I have not finished. If I'm not reading it to fulfill a commitment, I will feel free to put it down as soon as picking it back up becomes a chore. There are just too many books I want to read to lose time on clunkers.

Nancy Pearl once advised using this strategy: take the number 100, subtract your age, and read that many more pages before making a decision- but only that many. If you're still struggling, put it down.

I think this is excellent advice, but those over 50 have it easier than do I!

Musing Mondays is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page.