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Even if I don't like a book, I will usually finish it (if only to write a rant about it haha). I'm quite proud of the fact that out of my 800 ratings on goodreads, only 21 of them are books I didn't finish.
Here's my list of things that will make me abandon a book:
- hate the main character - If I can't stand you, I'm sorry, but I'm not going to want to read about your life story. This happened really recently as you can see in my review of Meg Cabot's Abandon.
- The story takes way too long to go anywhere - If I'm reading a book about hunting for a white whale on an accursed ship, and I've gotten to page 200 before we even set sail, I'm sorry but I don't have the patience for this (cough cough Moby Dick). This is probably the most common reason I DNF a book - even if I don't like a book, I'll finish it just to rant, but if I'm utterly bored, I have no incentive to finish.
- I don't like the writing style - This doesn't happen often, but sometimes I find the writing style too pretentious or really annoying. This happened most recently with Emma Donoghue's Room. I just could not deal with a five year old narrating about such a devastating and traumatic topic.
What books tick you off enough that you don't finish them?