One of my friends once said that when they were younger, they would sit through a bad movie at the theatre. As they got older, they had no qualms about getting up and leaving if they weren't enjoying it. It was a waste of time to stay. I myself used to have a much stronger drive to see something through to its finish even if I didn't like it. But the truth is, I have left a theatre in the middle of a movie at least twice (and there have been many more that I've turned off at home), and this year there have been a handful of books I've left unfinished. My own desire to stick it out just to make sure I see how it ends has diminished over the years, and it had me wondering about the habits of other people in the blogosphere:
1. Do you stop reading a book if you're not enjoying it?
2. If so, how far do you read before deciding it's not for you?
3. If not, what keeps you going to the end?
4. (On a side note): If you're browsing the bookstore/library, how much of a book do you read before deciding whether you want it or not? Also, do you go to the bookstore/library with a book in mind or to browse?
I'm inclined to say that it's important to stick it out until the end because the book might get a lot better, or the end might be what makes it all meaningful, but I actually haven't found this to be the case very often. Usually, if I dislike a book I dislike it to the end. I usually read 1/3 or 1/2 of the book before stopping, though. When I was reading The Time Traveler's Wife, I got 3/4 of the way through and just couldn't pick it up again. So close! If I do keep reading to the end, it's usually for the sense of accomplishment (*notches bedpost*). As for 4, I read the back and inside jacket, skim the first couple pages, and skip to a place in the middle and read a couple pages.
I'm really interested to hear your answers!
P.S. I don't know where this conversation has already taken place (because I'm sure it has) so forgive me if this is a repetitive topic.