So … you’re halfway through a book and you’re hating it. It’s boring. It’s trite. It’s badly written. But … you’ve invested all this time to reading the first half.
What do you do? Read the second half? Just to finish out the story? Find out what happens?
Or, cut your losses and dump the second half?
Life is too short to read a book you aren’t enjoying–well, at least a “for pleasure” book. There are times when I’ve had to wade through books I wasn’t enjoying because they were for a class or professional development.
My general rule of thumb is to give a book 100 pages in the beginning and see how it goes. If I’m not enjoying it, I may skim ahead and see where things go and decide if it’s worth finishing. These days a lot of books are running at 300 pages and I read quickly enough that I may keep going to the end just to see how it all comes out. If I’ve got halfway through a book, odds are there’s at least something that’s interested me…possibly a subplot or one plot thread. In some cases, I may just skim through for that particular thread to find out how it all comes out.
It’s rare that I will entirely give up on a book….and even if I do, there’s always Wikipedia to possibly see how it all comes out.