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How Long Do You Give A Book Before Dumping It?

I seem to be having a lot of bad luck picking books lately.  Since finishing Under the Rose, I've gone through 3 books, discarding each one only a few pages after getting into them--so close to the beginning of the book that it isn't even worth reviewing the books. I'm not even sure what it is about them that bothered me so much--just that no matter what happened within the first few pages I just had to stop.  With one book, I just couldn't deal with the author's voice.  It sounded more like a synopsis than the beginning of a book and I HATE that.  I just can't stand it.  It felt like I was reading the cover copy and it didn't seem like that was going to change if I kept going, so that book went on the extreme DNF (Did Not Finish) pile.  The next book I tried was only slightly better and I didn't get much further into it than I had the previous book despite the fact that I had been waiting for it for a long time.  Next, I thought I would re-read a book that I had on my Kindle, but I just wasn't in the mood for it, so I found myself on the Queens Library Website, trolling for e-books.  I ended up downloading 4 books--Midnight by Beverly Jenkins, Somebody to Love by Kristin Higgins, and 2 books by Heather Graham (The Unholy and The Uninvited).

I decided to start the Jenkins book and so far I'm not sure what to do with it.  It isn't bad, but right now I'm just meh about it.  That's exactly how I felt about the last book of hers that I read a few months back for the Smart Bitch book club--right until I got about 40% through the book, then I devoured it.  With this book, I am at 23% and there are parts of it that are really wooden and feel like they're right out of a text book, especially the parts about the history of Boston and the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  I'm at the point where I'm not certain if I want to continue with the book or to force myself to read on.  There was a time when I thought I had to finish a book no matter what, but those days are long gone.  My question to you, my dear readers, is when do you decide that you've had enough with a book?

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  1. I used to always read through, no matter what. But I've decided that life is too short - so now I'll give up and move on. So many books and so little time.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. That's exactly what happened with me. I would start a book and if I didn't like it I convinced myself that I picked it so now I have to finish it, but now I have a to be read pile the size of Rhode Island, making it ridiculous to slog through crap to find gold.

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  3. I was more than half way through a book when I had to give up on it. It started out fine, funny and fantastic. Then it started getting preachy about religious matters. Not subtle. Just in your face preachy. Free books are easier to quit early on.

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  4. That is so strange. Was there any indication at all that the author was going to get up on the pulpit?

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