I rarely give up on a book once I’ve started reading.; it seems so unfair to the author. In fact, I will usually finish a book even if I dislike it just to try and discover something redeemable about it, or at least to figure out why the book didn’t work for me. This is especially true when a work has had glowing reviews. For example, this week I slogged through Tao Lin‘s much praised Taipei even though it struck me that it seemed not so much a novel as a poorly disguised journal.
Goodreads has created an interesting infographic called “The Psychology of Abandonment” that features reasons why readers abandon books in mid-read.
What’s your view on book rejection? Do you ever just give up on a book? How often do you ditch a read?