Welcome to Day #4 of the April A to Z Challenge, where participants are challenged to create a post every day (except Sundays) corresponding to the appropriate letter of the alphabet. If you’d like to learn more, hit the badge on my sidebar.
I’ll be posting about bookish topics each day of the challenge. Here’s today’s post:
I hate abandoning a book. I always think that if I just give it another chapter or two, I might change my mind and want to keep going. But there are so many books out there that I want to read—it’s hard to justify spending time with a book that just isn’t working for me.
I know some people feel that once they start a book they absolutely must continue on until the end. I’ve gradually adopted the opinion that, unless you’re assigned to read a book for a class, you’re under no obligation to finish every book you start. Like the old saying goes—so many books, so little time!
I do try to give every book I start a fair chance. After all, there are some books that just take longer than others to get going! I’ve also found that I’m a little more patient with books that may be slow to get going now than when I was younger. But there are a few factors that turn me off when I’m reading—and if I encounter too many of them in a book, it’s pretty much a done deal that the book will end up in my DNF pile:
Excessive grossness. I just don’t like reading about a lot of gore or graphic violence. I think a lot of this is because I often read while I eat—and I just can’t eat while reading about blood and guts.
Bad dialogue. This is a real deal-breaker for me. Dialogue that doesn’t ring true makes reading a struggle. On the other hand, if I can practically hear the characters saying the lines in my head, I know that book is most likely going to be finished.
Lots of lyrical descriptions. I won’t be surprised if I get a lot of disagreement on this one, but I usually lose patience when an author takes five pages to describe a tree. There are some exceptions, of course, but usually I need the plot to move along a bit faster than long descriptions allow.
Characters I don’t care about. I don’t have to necessarily LIKE every character, but if I absolutely have no vested interest in what happens to them, I’m probably not going to invest the time it’ll take to find out how things turn out.
How about you? Do you have any DNF dealbreakers? Or are you a reader who finishes every book you start? Please share!