Following on from my blog the other day about my book-buying addiction (yep, bought another on the weekend, this time while at the hair dresser’s would you believe it), I thought I’d talk about how long I give a book before I give up on it.
Years ago, when I was still thin (although I thought I was hugely fat) because I hadn’t had three kids and had all the time in the world to read and write, I’d usually read the whole of a book even if it didn’t really grip me. (NB. The exception of this was in high school English classes – my teacher chose some really boring books and let’s face it, at fifteen I had more important things to do than read. Like talk boys with my best girls!) Nowadays things have changed a LOT.
Me-time is a thing of the past or very, very rare at least. I have three sons who are adorable but demanding and a business with my hubby that takes a lot of my time too. Not to mention all the stuff that goes with running and house (of which I’m not particularly good at). And the fact I’m trying to write another book so I’m not a one-book wonder! All these things mean that the time I have to read is VERY limited. I try to read every night before I go to sleep but sometimes this is only for fifteen minutes. This means the amount of books I can read have been drastically reduced.
So nowadays, I give a book a couple of chapters max and if the author hasn’t got me desperate to keep turning the pages by then, I ditch the book and pick out another one from my MASSIVE TBR pile.
How long do YOU give a book before it gets swapped for a more worthy one?