I have a dilemma. I have a book that I started to read. No, I haven’t added it to Goodreads or anything like that, so said book will remain anonymous…for now. I loved the beginning and then the pace slowed down a bit. I’m about a third into the book and I’m wondering if I should continue reading or stop and move on to the next. I’m trying to ask myself if I love the characters enough to continue.
Do you ever feel this way? What do you do?
I haven’t read earlier works of this author, so I have nothing to gauge it with. It isn’t just the pacing. Let me fill you in a little more about the book. At first, everything was great. But now? There’s too many details, which probably caused the pace of the book to slow down. I feel like the integrity of the story, and the development of the characters, were lost with the information overload. But I like the characters, at least the protagonist. I feel that maybe, just maybe, it will work out in the end.
I would ask someone, but this is ultimately my decision. Isn’t it? Hmm. I should just finish the book, shouldn’t I? I’ve made goals for myself, and while this isn’t one of them (to finish books and never quit), I suppose it feels like it should be one. In the past, I would give it until the halfway mark. If I still felt the same way, I would stop reading and stop altogether. I guess I can’t do this anymore.
So, really. What do you do when this happens to you? What is the threshold, the line to cross, the time to wave the white flag for you? I would like to know.