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Book Discussion: Are you a finisher?

For some reason, I have to finish books. I don’t know why, but even if I hate the book I am reading, I will persevere and finish it. I think it’s partly so I can give a full review, but mainly its because of the little crazy book section in my mind that forces me to read the WHOLE book. On my Goodreads profile I have books that I started last June that I still have to finish, I NEED to finish them otherwise the earth will implode and it will just gnaw away at me until I do finish it. However, for some reason I don’t feel the need to finish series. I have read so many first books in series, and have yet to buy or read the next ones. I will happily not finish a series, but a book – I just can’t do it.

I’m not sure whether being a finisher is a good or a bad thing. In a way its good – I get a full picture of the book I’m reading so I can make a pretty conclusive judgement on whether I like or dislike it. On the other hand, if I HATE a book, it takes me so long to finish it when I could be reading other books that I like. I know people that give books fifty pages. If they aren’t hooked, or don’t enjoy the book, then they put it down. I kind of envy those people. It seems so efficient and I bet the books they do read they LOVE. But sometimes it takes longer then 50 pages for books to really get going – there have being so many times when I haven’t being hooked at 50 pages, but by the end of the novel I am blown away! And if 50 pages is too short to get a feel of the book then at what point do you stop reading. 100 pages? 200?

I don’t think I am cut out for not finishing.  There is just something deep inside that compels me to read on and I have yet to meet a book that is that bad that I have to stop reading.

So are you a finisher? Or do you have a cut off point where you put the book down?

20 thoughts on “Book Discussion: Are you a finisher?

  1. I’m exactly the same, I can’t leave a book unfinished even if I’m hating it. That being said I read a book called Oystercatchers a few years ago, which I really struggled to get through and at around 370 pages it wasn’t an easy read. But I persevered and the last 5 pages were stunning, and for those last few moments it was worth the battle!

  2. If I hate a book then I finish it – probably just so I can make myself really angry about it. But if a book is just boring and I can’t even read a paragraph without tuning out, then I put it down and stop reading.
    So hatred keeps me interested? haha. I know what you mean about the Goodreads, oh when they sit there for so long it pains me; I had one that was on my kindle and I was halfway through then when my boyfriend’s kindle was stolen I let him borrow mine and that was the beginning of last year and I still haven’t finished it. I’m only just getting over it.

  3. I am pretty good about finishing every book I read even if it isn’t that good, but there are times when I just CANNOT continue.

    In that case, I just put the book aside or give it to someone else, but usually do not come back to it. I also write to the author or publisher that sent it to me and explain that it isn’t what I thought it would be.

    Too many good books out there to “force” yourself to read something you really have no interest in. 🙂

    Have a good day…great discussion topic.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews

    1. I am lucky (fingers crossed) that I haven’t come across a book yet that is that awful, but I agree that there are WAY too many good books out there to read something bad! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. I very rarely don’t finish a book — in fact the time I did not finish for the first time, I dedicated an entire blog post to it! (http://bucklingbookshelves.blogspot.com/2013/02/no-longer-dnf-virgin.html) I’m trying to give myself permission to DNF more often, but I still don’t really LIKE not finishing a book. I typically DO feel compelled to finish series though — it sometimes takes me a really long time to get around to the later books, but if I don’t continue, I feel like I’m missing out on the story.

  5. I used to stick with books till the end no matter how much I hated them but then I realized its pointless as I’m just wasting my time. When I stop depends on the book because unless I absolutely can’t stand it, I try to give it a chance and only stop at 100 pages or so. Sometimes I put down books and then try them again later when I’m in the mood to read them and I’ve often enjoyed them more the second time around.

  6. I finish most of the books I start. I generally stop reading a book if it just simply annoys me and I try not to set a page limit in case the story improves. Though I do understand about being compelled to finish. 🙂

  7. I use to always finish a book, no matter what. I figured I had already wasted time on starting the book, I wanted the pay off on adding that book to my read list. However, I am trying to change that. My to read list is getting bigger everyday. So, I have been putting down a book that I am just not able to get into. It still isn’t perfect. I think I have only done it twice this year. I have a ways to go to break my habit of finishing everything!

  8. I am a finisher all the way… Except War and Peace. My renewals from the library ran out and I hated it. Everything else, though, I try to plug through to the end.

  9. I am a finisher also. Sometimes I hate that I have to finish a book. It isn’t the fact that I have to finish, exactly, it more of…maybe it will get better in just a few more pages, often times it doesn’t. Then by the time I finish it, I feel like I wasted time. Glad to see someone else like me. New follower 🙂

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

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