Musing Mondays (July 18)

This week’s musing asks…

What is the last book you struggled to read through to the end, even though you weren’t really enjoying it? What made you keep reading?




I have learned not to finish books (usually) that I’m not enjoying, because there already isn’t time to read everything I want to read — why waste time with a book I don’t like?

BUT…

I also feel that, with review books, that policy has to change, somewhat. I have to give the book a really good go. I don’t have to finish it, but I at least have to read past those first 50 pages to really say I “tried”.

The last book I struggled with was “Let God Change Your Life” by Greg Laurie. The book had some good points, and the last few chapters’ titles sounded like they were going to be more interesting… so I tried my best to press on, hoping and hoping that the book would get better. But, no… I was disappointed. I kept falling asleep while reading (or, almost), and I kept putting the book down to go do other things. It was such a chore to keep going! But, I gave it my best effort. And, I made it to four chapters from the end. Then I just couldn’t take it any more. I skimmed the last chapters, but didn’t read every word. I just couldn’t do it. And, then I wrote my review to reflect what I felt. :-?

So, I guess I can’t say I read it through to the end, despite my unenjoyment of it. But, like I said, I don’t normally keep going with books I don’t like, any more. I just can’t do it.

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31 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (July 18)

  1. As a librarian, I’m constantly telling children and teens not to struggle to finish a book they don’t like just to say they read it because there are too many good books out there to read! A few of the books I’ve struggled through and stopped reading over the past year has been:

    Persuasian by Jane Austen
    Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Mr Fix It by Crystal Hubbard

  2. My feelings are pretty much identical to yours. Normally I wouldn’t waste time on a book I didn’t enjoy…life’s too short!

    But since I’m doing more reviewing, I do feel the need to give a book a fighting chance. I’ve actually been rewarded a few times, when the book turned out much better than I expected, or finally kicked into gear.

    Cindy @ Cindy’s Book Club

  3. I struggle every few years as I make my attempt at reading “Don Quixote” all the way through. I inevitably get somewhere in the middle when I look over at all of the other books I’d rather be reading and just stop cold. I think because it’s a classic, I feel bad. The same rule does not apply to other non-classic books. If it doesn’t grab me 50-100 pages in, I move on to the next on the pile.

  4. I’ve been finding that over the last few years, I just can’t get through books the way I used to. For some reason, my mind seems to wander off and that’s when I know I need to just put it down and walk away.

  5. The last book I struggled through was “Mercy” by Jodi Picoult. The concept was good but the writing wasn’t. It didn’t flow and the brief historical narratives about Scotland threw me off. I only kept reading it because I wanted to know what the final verdict would be. Most of Jodi’s books has courtroom drama.

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