Oct 15, 2010

The Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books and runs from Friday to Sunday. The Hop is a fantastic way to get your blog noticed, and visit some other blogs that you didn't know about before. Head over and sign up and see what you can find!

Each week a different question will be added to the hop in order for conversations to occur, and for your followers to get to know you better. Here we go!

"When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"

My thoughts: Great question! For me, it all depends on the book. If this is a highly publicized book that has received some good reviews, I will stick it out. If it's a book that I randomly choose out of my TBR pile, I will probably put it to the side. It is possible that I will try again later. One book that comes to mind that I did not finish was Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It received many awards and was flying off library shelves. I gave it a try and struggled through the first 50 or so pages. I gave up and never picked it up again. My reasoning? I am not a high fantasy reader anyway, and the language, characters, and setting had me lost....fast! I constantly had to look at the map in the back. It annoyed me. I told my daughter's elementary librarian that I felt bad about not liking it, and didn't want to give up. She told me I was crazy, and that I had every right not to finish. Later (many years later), I would learn about ALA's Reader's Bill of Rights. The are:

The right to not read.
The right to skip pages.
The right to not finish.
The right to reread.
The right to read anything.
The right to escapism.
The right to read anywhere.
The right to browse.
The right to read out loud.
The right not to defend your tastes.

Every time I struggle to finish reading a book, I remind myself of the above. I also remind myself that I have loved books that others thought missed the mark. C'est la vie. Do you have a book that you just couldn't finish, but it seemed that everyone loved? 

Happy reading, and head on over to the next blog: Book Noise

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