I have a problem. If I decide to read a book and I get past the first few chapters, I'm the sort of person who has to finish it, no matter how angry it makes me, or how awful I think it is. I have this compulsive need to finish it, even if I think I already know what's going to happen.
Recently I was moaning about this to my friend Lana. The problem was even worse than usual, I was on the third book in a series. There were (I thought) five books total. Each book was just as bad as the last but they were all relatively short and I just kept telling myself, "Just read fast, you'll get to the end soon!"
What did Lana tell me? "Sari, life's too short to read bad books. Just let it go and start something you like!"
If only I'd listened to her. My compulsive book (series) finishing habit was in full force, and although the MC was driving me up the wall, the secondary characters were cliche and poorly developed and the plot was incredibly predictable, I KEPT READING! I know, there's something wrong with me.
I was halfway through book four when I read something saying there were actually six books, and another two still to be released. Oh hell no!
That was when the truth of Lana's words sunk in. I had a stack of other books I wanted to read. Why was I wasting my time reading a book that made me cringe when there are so many other brilliant books written by talented authors out there? I stopped reading at book four, halfway through the book.
My compulsiveness didn't entirely leave me. There was a love pentagon going on (yes, pentagon, just one of the many reasons the books were driving me insane - and it was YA) and I had to know if the guy I was voting for ended up with the girl. Got on Amazon and searched for some spoiler reviews. There were many many less than happy reviewers, and no my guy did not win.
The good news? I've read four books I've adored since then, with nary a love triangle to speak of. (Not that I have anything against love triangles, so long as they serve a purpose and... well that's a post for another day).
Are you like me? Do you read a book even when it's really not doing it for you? Or are you quite happy to set a story down the moment it starts irritating you, no matter how much time you've invested in it?