Jennifer talks about judging books…
Since we restarted our alphabet blogging, I’ve been giving a lot of book reviews. I’ve enjoyed highlighting authors people might not have heard of, and it’s helped me with my resolution to read more.
Forget about whether or not I have time to read—we’re all busy, we are all pulled in a million different directions and it’s up to each individual to prioritize what’s important to them—reading as an author is a challenge. We are too used to critiquing our own work that when we sit down to read for pleasure, it’s difficult to turn off our inner editor and just read for enjoyment.
So if that’s the case, how far into a book do you read before you give up? When my kids were little, they were told by their teachers to do three pages or three chapters, depending on their reading level, to determine if the book was right for them. That advice was geared more toward their ability than their enjoyment. For me, I have to say it depends.
I try for three chapters, but lots of glaring errors will make me put down the book sooner than that. If I put it down and don’t want to go back to it, that’s another clue. Most of my reading is done on my Kindle, so it’s easy to get rid of a book and quickly start a new one. When I go on vacation, I tend to bring paperbacks. If I don’t like the book, I leave it at the hotel for someone else to read, thereby lightening my load.
What about you? How long do you give a book?