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Feature & Follow {4}: To Finish or Not to Finish?

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I joined Feature & Follow again this week hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week they pose a question to discuss, bloggers link up and follow each other and the featured blogger that week. Easy enough? Here we go.

If you are visiting me for the first time, Welcome!! I’m Tanya and enjoy reading classics, historical fiction, world fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction…ok well I like most anything.  Please follow me via email or Bloglovin and I will return the favor.  Hope you browse around and share your thoughts with me, I love getting comments and returning the visit.

This week’s question is:

Q: How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?

Depends on what I am reading the book for. If the book is provided by an author/publisher for review or for my book club, then I power through. I consider those commitments to read, so I will read the whole thing regardless of how much I enjoy it. In the last year, only once did I not finish a book club book. Since I’ve started blogging book reviews, I really do try to power through and finish the books so I can write an objective review on it.

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What do you do if you are not enjoying a book? Let me know and as always, happy reading!

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  1. I used to finished books even if I hated them. I felt like the author put in their time and effort so I should at least give it the respect of finishing it. BUT THEN I started blogging and I have so many books that I want to read that I am much better about putting them down. I’ve come to learn that just because I don’t like a book doesn’t mean it’s not a good one for someone else, so I feel less guilty!

    1. There are so many great books and so little time, especially when it comes to blogging. And so very true that just because I don’t like a book, doesn’t mean someone else won’t.

      I guess lately I have been reading strictly books for challenges, book club, my professional license and author review copies so they are all books I feel like I have to finish. That’s probably why I haven’t even started on that stack of awesome books I won that I really want to read too!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me Allison. I usually feel guilty abandoning a book, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. At some point, I am sure that will change.

  2. If the book is provided by an author or publisher, then I do try to power through it. Although I’m more inclined to DNF if it it was a request done via Netgalley then one set up through email.

    1. That’s good to know, I thought if you requested something via Netgalley, you were obligated to read and review. I signed up but have not requested anything yet from Netgalley. As it is, I have quite a list of “required reading” that I need to do for my reading challenges, book club, professional license and author/publisher review copies. One day I hope, one day, cause there seems to be a lot of great books they have to offer!

      Thanks for stopping by and off to visit you.

    1. Hi Jenny, I am the same way – I feel guilty abandoning a book. I shouldn’t because there are soo many great books out there I want to read. Thanks for following, I am off to visit and follow you too!

    1. That’s a good idea to step back from the book for a little while. Bossypants is a book I did not finish and I sorta wish I had powered through it. It must have gotten better at some point since Tina Fey is hilarious. I think I need it on audiobook to hear her tell it and I bet I’d enjoy it on the second try.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

  3. I almost ALWAYS finish a book. I can only think of one book in the last 10 years that I haven’t finished. (“The Tell” by Hester Kaplan…PU!) It was not only bad, but incredibly boring. I tried to power through, but I just couldn’t do it. (and that’s saying a lot. I have read plenty of awful books and not given up) A lot of times I want to finish a bad book so I can be fully irritated with how horrible the book is. (Which sounds kind of crazy when I see it in writing).–Lisa

    1. Lol, I agree with you about wanting to finish a bad book just so you can see how horrible it really was. I always hope it turns around and blows me away at the end, but I’ve been disappointed by a few books that I then think, why did I waste my time? But those, I typically don’t waste my time further and review on my blog. Another blogger mentioned I should post reviews even on those I didn’t like, otherwise how do my readers or authors/publicists looking at my blog, know what I don’t care for? Of course, my time is so limited, there are plenty of 4 and 5 star books I haven’t even written about yet! Eek!

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I used to be that way too and abandon books I didn’t like until I started blogging and usually hope the book turns around. There are a LOT of books on my TBR too, so little time for them all! thanks for following, nice to meet ya!

  4. I read mostly nonfiction, so if a book isn’t working for me I usually give up on it. I’ve gone back to a couple of them when the topic really interested me, but just couldn’t do it. I just can’t read a book that reads like a poorly written thesis.

    I always finish book club and review books though.

    1. Admittedly, it’s easier for me to give up on nonfiction than fiction, especially if I’m not emotionally vested in the characters, situation or setting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

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