Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Why I Stop Reading

I have a confession to make: I sometimes don't finish books.

There's been two in the last week that I've wanted to throw against the wall. Both, by the way, were for adults. So, maybe I just need to keep reading kidlit.

There were books that started out well. I loved the characters, the voice, and was drawn into the story from the first chapter.

Why did I stop?

Here's a few reasons I can't bring myself to finish:

--The character does something completely out of character. I don't buy it, and I can't get past it.

--There is a shocking revelation (!) that doesn't fit the stories or characters.

--The character doesn't have agency. Everything seems to happen to him/her, but he/she never makes things happen.

--A middle that drags after an enticing beginning.

What makes you stop reading?

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