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!

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!

June Suggestions!

Is there a book you’ve been itching to read, but never gotten around to?

Now’s your chance to get your suggestions in!

The genre can be anything you want, from historical nonfiction to high fantasy.

Have you written your own book? Suggest it!

Suggestions will be put in a poll towards the middle of the month.

If by some trick of fate we get more than 10 suggestions, I will take the first ten. Unless more than one suggestion is put forward by one person, then it’ll go to the first ten people.

[Read-a-long?] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Since our first book isn’t for another half a month yet, and whilst we wait for suggestions. I was wondering if anyone would like an impromptu read-a-long (if that’s what this could be called?)?

My next book is The Handmaid’s Tale, as this is a book I’ve been waiting to read for a while.

I’m currently on Chapter 9 if anyone would like to join in and share their thoughts with me on this novel!

If you would like to suggest our first book, you can find it here!