Booking Through Thursday is a weeking meme about books and reading!
This week they are asking us:
If you’re not enjoying a book, will you stop mid-way? Or do you push through to the end? What makes you decide to stop?
This is a great question - one I tend to deal with quite a bit. I work in a middle school/high school media center and I spend all day trying to match up kids and books. This can sometimes be difficult and so, I try to remind them that there are thousands of books and we WILL find one that they love! My take on reading a book, any book, is that it should be a pleasure. I realize that there are times when what you are reading is all about the class or the job or some such and those times it isn't all fun. When you are talking about free reading, I believe you are talking about pleasure reading - hence my theory! I encourage the students to give every book they decide to try a fair chance - at least 100 pages. If after reading 100 pages or so, they don't enjoy the story, then bring it back and we will look for something else! I believe that there is a book out there for EVERYONE - no matter how well or how much they read. It's our job (as life long readers) to help them find it.
Personally, I rarely give up on any book. There have been a few though that I just had to put down. Usually if I give up on a book, I wait and try it again another day. Sometimes I just have to be in the mood for a book - perhaps that day isn't a fantasy day or whatever. I will give any book that I put aside at least three trys before I give up on it forever.