I haven't done a Friday blog hop in a while so I thought I would try out Book Blogger Hop by Crazy for Books. It's a weekly meme where one question is asked and answered. I thought I would give you a bit more insight into my and my reading habits.
What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to to stop reading and put it back on the shelf?
I hate not finishing a book (as I've mentioned before, I also feel compelled to continue reading a series once I start it). That being said, I recently shelved 2 books. One I had been trying to read for more than a year and the other several months before I decided to call it quits. I always try to give a book a fair chance and read the first 50 to 100 pages.
So what keeps me reading? The characters play a big part in my decision to keep reading. I need to feel connected to them. Also if I could see myself in the story I will definitely keep reading. I read to lose myself in another world, setting, situation, etc. So a book that has good descriptions helps keep me turning the pages. I enjoy books that make me think. A book that I think about constantly because of the subject matter is guaranteed to be finished. If it is an author I read before and really enjoy, I'm more likely to keep reading even if I'm struggling to get into the story.
Why do I not finish a book? Pretty much if the above is not being accomplished in the first 50 - 100 pages then I'm likely not going to finish it or it's going to take a long time for me to finish it. One of the books I recently gave up on was because the back cover synopsis didn't sound anything like what I was reading. Maybe it would have gotten there eventually, but if that was the case, then there was way too much set-up to the story. Cookie cutter books don't often hold my interest. If there isn't a uniqueness to the plot then it will be hard for me to finish it.
I rarely don't finish a book (maybe I'm a bit of a masochist). I try to give every book a fair shot and probably way more lenient on new authors than I should be.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Check out Crazy for Books for a list of other participating blogs. I would love to hear what keeps you reading or not. please leave a comment.