To Finish…or Not To Finish… A “Bad” Book
I was asked an interesting question today…one I have often debated and heard opinions of and I thought I would post my feelings on the topic (both personal and professional). Usually in the question of whether or not to keep reading a book you as of yet have not enjoyed there are two camps. Camp one claims “life is short…so many books”…stop. Camp two says “How can you stop….when you don’t know if the whole thing is bad and it kind of feels like a failure to stop something you have started”. I personally am a little OCD about finishing any book I start for two reasons. One is that until that final page is read…the author can still make me believe, can still catch my attention and maybe even make me say “WOW” (this is my professional opinion as well and the one I apply to books I am reviewing in that capacity). I’m not saying this happens a lot but it could and that is why I must push on. The second reason is that for some reason I am very unsettled by starting a book and not finishing…it just feels wrong. I cannot explain it. I know life is short….but well I never want to miss the opportunity of that WOW…even if I have to suffer through quite a bit of what I may not like. What is your opinion….are you a finisher or not? And what makes you finish or not finish?
(P.S. I could have simply posted a stack of books graphic for this post but why not give a you hunky pic of my favorite Hamlet Kenneth Branagh instead.)