What do you do when a Book doesn’t Hook?

What do you do when you can’t get into a book? Do you give up or persevere?

I have about four or five books on the go, I’m reading one, but the others I just can’t get into. Luckily I can generally delve into a book from the last place I left off even if it’s been months. I do intend to finish the other books.

But if a story doesn’t hook you is it right to just ignore it? Generally, I’d say yes, but what if it’s a classic, like Gulliver’s travels?

In that circumstance I feel like I have to read it. Regardless of how long it takes me, or how many books I have on the go.

Hopefully one day I’ll find myself in the right frame of mind and carry on.

But why should I feel like persevering on a book even if it clearly doesn’t interest me?

Is it to improve my mind? Or because someone’s taken the time to write it I feel I have to read it? Or is it that no matter how disinterested I become in the story I have to see how it ends, because a story that doesn’t end is just too sad.

With the classics perhaps I give them more leeway than I would otherwise, they’ve been around longer than I have, perhaps they can teach me something new.

Like listening to stories from the older generation, you somehow appreciate them more than if they were tales about someone your own age.

What do you do when you come across something you just can’t get into?

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2 thoughts on “What do you do when a Book doesn’t Hook?

  1. I always have this dilemma! I feel as though I am obliged to finish any book I’ve started, no matter what the quality. It is almost in an effort to appease myself that I am not a quitter!

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    • I know what you mean. I feel a certain sense of accomplishment when I finally finish a book that I’ve been struggling with.

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