Today's musing is the following:
How much time (or how many pages) do you give a book that you aren't really enjoying before you'll set it aside? If you're reading it for a book group discussion, or for review, will you give it more of a chance then, say, a book you're reading for your own interest? Why, or why not? (courtesy of MizB)
I usually do not give books very long, although it depends on the book. Some I know by page 20, that it's not for me. Other books I try to give them a chance to develop the story. There are two books that I gave at least 100 pages to before I gave up: Portrait of a Lady by Henry James and Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. Portrait I just couldn't get into it, for the third time. See my reasons here. Kushiel, I tried, but I just didn't care about the story the characters, nothing. I never read book 1 so I had to get the background information from the Internet for some things in book 2. I don't mind being slightly in the dark, but some of the stuff just didn't make sense. Say what? Exactly!
If it's a book for review or book club, which I'm fairly new to, then yes, I will give it more of a chance. Books for review... I've accepted the opportunity to read a free book, so yes it deserves a fair chance. I can't say I've accepted a review book I wasn't interested in, so I have liked them all. However, if I do come across one I don't like, I have to finish to write a review, don't I? Or at least read a majority of the book. It's only fair.
Books for book club...if I don't like, I won't finish it. My club is not strict about that. Just have a good reason.
What about you? How long before you move on to another book?