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?