'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

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Monday, June 22, 2015

To Read or Not to Read

I am stuck on a Netgalley book that just isn't doing it for me. So I find myself not reading. Should I keep trying to plow on or just give it up and get a book I want to read?  Reading time is precious right now as the Grandkids are here for a month.

What say you?

Peggy Ann


  1. Peggy, I usually "plow" through a book as there is always a redeeming feature in every book I read. I hate to put down a book.

  2. I say put it down. There's only so much time, spend it on things, and books, you enjoy.

  3. I'd stop...too many good books out there just waiting to be read.

    But since it's Netgalley, I'd let them know it was a DNF. Maybe a sentence or two explaining why if decide not to post about it.

  4. Personally I don't like quitting on a book, what I usually do with slow ones is have something else to turn to, but carry on reading the "difficult" one maybe a chapter a day. Sometimes they improve, like Prashant says it's nice to try and take something positive from every read.

  5. I rarely give up, maybe you could stop it for a week or so and read something you know you'll enjoy meantime - then give the Netgalley one another go after that.

  6. Unless it's a classic book, one that generations have deemed of lasting value and that might require a little more concentration, I'd put it down and read something more interesting. Life's too short to force yourself to do things you don't have to do. This is my 6th-decade wisdom. Only a fraction of the books that get published are worth reading.

  7. Thanks everyone. I think I will move on to another one. After that I will pick it up again and if it doesn't kick in after a few more chapters just put it away and notify Netgalley. Moving on to 'The Rival Monster' by Compton MacKenzie

  8. Have you tried Peter May's "Entry Island"? It is set in two time periods, one during the Clearances in the Outer Hebrides in the 19th century. It is maddening and sad but worth reading.

    The connection from the present to the past is a bit contrived, but it doesn't take anything away from the present-day murder investigation and the past story line which shows outrages being committed against starving people. All my hackles are up!

    But I can't put this book down.


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