This infographic stuck out to me recently. For the longest time, I felt the responsibility (for lack of a better word) to finish any book I started (no matter how bad it was). And then, in the last year, with a few exceptions, I sort of changed my outlook. While I haven’t had the luxury of a library in close to ten years, I have been able to source free books through NetGalley, or daily Kindle deals. (I’ll also admit that I’m a bit of a moody reader, and sometimes need to be in the right frame of mind to start and connect with a book).
Now, I tend to follow a pattern of giving a book at least 20% and if I’m more or less ‘checking out,’ then I pop over to Goodreads to see what others think. I’m not sure why I seek out opinions, but for the most part, I usually find a reviewer who has the same impression I do (and then decide if I’m going to finish the book or skim it, or straight up ‘hate read’ — much like a ‘hate watch’).
So, are you a finisher? Do you complete any book you start? If not, what makes you put a book down? For me, my biggest turn off is a lack of connection with the main character. If I’m not engaged or straight up don’t care about their story, I just won’t read on. Similarly, if a trope is played too hard, I also find that fairly off-putting.