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Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:09 AM

I usually give a book 50 pages before I give up. How about you?

Life is too short to read something mediocre. If a book doesn't grab me in the first 50 pages, I put it down and move on.

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Reply I usually give a book 50 pages before I give up. How about you? (Original post)
bif Jul 18 OP
madaboutharry Jul 18 #1
Zoonart Jul 18 #4
in2herbs Jul 18 #2
True Dough Jul 18 #3
bif Jul 18 #6
Polly Hennessey Jul 18 #5
PoindexterOglethorpe Jul 18 #7
Tracer Jul 23 #8
yellowdogintexas Aug 2 #9

Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:17 AM

1. I usually give a book 75 pages.

There are several goalposts for me. When reading fiction I need to find a character I care about. Non-fiction needs to be written well and the topic explained in a way I understand. Dry and boring may result in an adjustment to my page limit!

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:57 AM

4. Same for me....

thought I have been seeing a lot of really poor fiction lately and have given up at under 50 pages.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:26 AM

2. Max of 5 pages, but usually just a few paragraphs. The only fiction I've found worth

reading is Harry Potter. Otherwise, always non-fiction.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:40 AM

3. 51 pages

I find people who only give 50 are just lacking patience.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:00 AM

6. Funny!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:56 AM

5. Forty for me.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 02:36 PM

7. No set number of pages.

If it simply doesn't grab me, I stop reading. If I am not liking it, I rarely get 50 pages in.

I will say that I cannot abide books written in the present tense. Those don't make it beyond the first paragraph.

And yes, life is absolutely too short to waste time reading a book that doesn't work for you.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 09:45 AM

8. I've given up on page 5.

When the writing is so awful that I wonder how on earth the book ever got printed.

I've also slogged through to the end, as I did with that extremely boring best-seller "A Gentleman in Moscow".

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Response to bif (Original post)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 07:10 PM

9. I give it to the end of the Amazon sample

LOL I get a lot of free and 99cent books from the various sites which send you lists.

If I see one that is appealing, I read the sample.

Because of these daily lists I have discovered a large number of great series which I might otherwise never have found.

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