Author: Oliver Phommavanh
Let’s pretend the book as a potential partner.
The blurb might be the first conversation. If that’s got you hooked then you move on to the first chapter, kind of like the first date.
I have a reading list that grows every day and I’m beginning to lose patience with reading new books. If a book doesn’t grab me by the first chapter, I’m dumping it. Sometimes I stop on the second page. It’ll be like leaving a partner halfway through a first date. Am I being too harsh? If a book’s not doing it for you, when do you stop? Five chapters? Five pages? Five words?
Sometimes you just have to know when to stop reading a boring book. Unless you’re reading for educational purposes or a book club, is there a need to keep reading? I must admit that I’m inclined to give bought books more of a chance because I want value for money. I’m also much more patient with books that have been recommended by friends.
Then there’s the challenging book reason. The UK’s Guardian book blog says that if you’re not enjoying a book, it’s because you don’t understand it. So you must keep going because eventually you’ll get it or you’ll learn to like it. I had trouble getting into Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, there were parts that I enjoyed but then I hit a few roadblocks. I kept going because of the book’s popularity and critical acclaim. If I chose not to like it, then I should at least read the whole thing. But I wouldn’t call it a boring book. Here’s a forum on boring books, read it at your own risk because you may not agree with them. It’s a very subjective thing.
Here are some tips on how to read a boring book, which finishes with this advice, give the book away. Maybe that’s not a bad idea. There are so many exciting books out there. I mean it’s fair enough if you’re reading a boring book for an assignment or you’re trying to impress someone who you like. Here’s a tip, don’t leave halfway through the first date, no matter how ‘challenging’ they are.