Lately I have had some issues with ADD. I find myself growing bored with books and putting them down to find another. Then a few days later coming back to that same book I was reading and trying again. Sometimes I realize it was just a mood problem and the book is actually great. Then there are other times that the book still doesn’t grab my interest. Is it still a mood problem or is the book really just not that good?
I figure at times mood is everything. Sometimes I have read so many erotic romances, I just can’t stand another one and have to put it down. Or if my husband is out of town, I don’t want to read about the hero that is absent a lot. Just reminds me of what is going on in my own life. It could just be that the rain that day made me sad and I couldn’t get cheered up. These types of mood swings usually get worked out and I don’t sweat it if I can get back into the book with only one time putting it down.
But what about those times you start a book and it just isn’t working for you. You put it down and a week later come back and you still can’t get into it. Down it goes again and you try a third time…but when is retrying over and over enough? How many chances do you give a book before it becomes the dreaded DNF (did not finish)?
Then there is the whole “I adore this author!” When your favorite author begins to fail you with chances, do you think it is you…or is it really the book?
Recently, I struggled with a book from one of my favorite authors. I didn’t like the heroine, but adored the hero. I started reading and put it down after about 100 pages because I just wanted to smack the heroine so bad. I tried it again a week later and made it further, but still had to put it down. The third time I said do or die, I was finishing it. I did. I was disappointed. I wanted my time back that I felt I wasted.
So how many chances should we give a book we just don’t seem to like? When is enough…well, enough?
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