When Do You Decide To Give Up A Book?

This is a hard question for me. I don’t like not finishing a book, but there are occasions when you just have to stop.

This could be for a number of reasons. Perhaps the biggest reason is you just aren’t getting along with the novel you have decided to pick up.

I hate giving up a book, I always carry on thinking ‘I’ll like it soon’, ‘it’ll get better, I just have to find that part’, and sometimes, it’s not even the books fault. I’ve picked it up, thought it sounded really good, the book is written wonderfully and it’s masterful at the tale it’s presenting, but it’s just not working for me.

And that makes me feel guilty.

So, how much of a book do you read before you decide it’s probably not going to ever work for you?

I’m trying to start a 25% rule, and if I’m still not getting along with a book by a quarter of the way through, then I’m probably never going to like it.

Do you have a rule? Or do you power through to the very end?

Let me know what you think!

[Book Club] January Suggestions!

January signifies the start of the New Year. It is the chance to explore something new.

Do you have a new release you’re dying to read? Is there a book you’ve always wanted to dig into but never had the chance?

Leave your suggestion in a comment and it could be the book we’re reading in January.

I think we’ll go themeless this month and see where the tide takes us. Does that sound good with everyone?

[Book Club] Third Week!

We’re officially into the third week of reading! How’s everyone been enjoying so far?

I’ve actually managed to sit down and finish reading my chosen book, and the discussion is written and waiting to be published.

The third week is always an exciting week for me. Have there been any prominent twists in your story? What’s the ghosts of its past?

Let me know how you’re getting on in the comments! If you haven’t started yet, not to worry, you can find our list of books for this month from here!


P.S. Please excuse any and all mistakes, the cat is sitting on my lap making typing extremely difficult currently…

[Book Club] Second Week!

So, we’re now finished with the second week!

How’s everyone finding the book(s)? Do you have any burning questions? Something you find a little bit silly?

We’re now halfway to the end of the month, and in theory, you should now be at least half way through your book!

If you haven’t started, or would like to join in, here’s the list for our December Reading!

[Book Club] First Week!

So, the first week of this month’s reading is officially over!

How have you been enjoying?

I’m going to admit to being very bad and I haven’t started reading any of them yet. I’ve been super busy lately, but I’m going to start tomorrow!

If you’d like a refresh of what we’re reading, you can find out here.

Happy reading everyone!

[Book Club] December Reading!


I hope everyone enjoyed the November reading, so now it’s time for December reading.

The theme for this month is Christmas, so festive books abound.

Our reading choices this month are:

Pick one (Or all!), and this is the book we’ll be reading for the month of December!

I hope you all like the choices, and we get the chance to discuss them at the end of the month!

Do You Over Promote Reading?

For me, reading was a fundamental part of growing up. I could always be found with a book, and to this day, I can’t really place where my love for reading came from. Even down to when I was a lot younger, I would make sure to read a chapter of a book before going to bed in the night.

This is not the same for every person out there, and there are people in the world who never pick up a book outside of the classroom, or haven’t picked up a book since they left the classroom.

So, where does the love for literature come from?


My siblings don’t read, if not for the lack of trying on my part. I always leave suggestions, or buy books for them, but they are never read.

How do you get people to read? If you teach, how do you inspire the next generation of readers? Amongst your classroom’s a new novelist could be born, and that’s exciting! Literature is such an important part of my life, and I love being able to share that passion.

But, do I over promote?

A colleague of mine at work raised a point with me before. Why is my passion for reading, and my patience for reading, different say to him playing video games? He finds that playing video games stimulates me, and gets him to think in ways that I find reading does for me.

Perhaps it is me being biased, and with a lot of studies currently being taken place into the value of reading, but I have never considered playing video games as something worth paying attention to, but if playing video games gives someone the same feeling of relaxation and stress-relief as a book, why am I judging?

I find that it is complicated.

Not everyone is a reader, and I will one day learn to accept that. Reading is my escape, but it is not the same escape to others.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!