Things have been light in the review department this week because I haven't finished any books this week. In fact, I can't remember ever putting so many books down after I've read the first few pages. I used to ALWAYS try to finish a book even if it was excruciating. For some weird reason, I felt GUILTY for doing it. But then a couple of years ago, I realized that it was just plain silly to feel guilty. If I didn't like it, I didn't like it, and that was that, so I developed a "book abandonment rule" and told myself that if I wasn't into the book after the first 30 pages, I simply wouldn't finish it. And I've pretty much stayed true to that rule since. In fact, I actually often give up after 15 or 20 pages if I'm not into the book.
I strongly believe that a book has to hook a reader from the very beginning. Why waste my time on a book I don't like when there are so many more out there waiting for me?
What about you? Do you have a "book abandonment rule," or do you struggle with the urge to keep reading even if you don't like a book?