This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…
“This week’s musing asks…
What is the last book you struggled to read through to the end, even though you weren’t really enjoying it? What made you keep reading?
As far as I remember it was a collection featuring the first two of the A. J. Raffles books by E. W. Hornung, Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman (1899) and The Black Mask (1901), also known as Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman. I absolutely loathed the lead characters and found the whole set up to be stupid and tiresome.
The reason I kept on reading the book is because I have this compulsion to finish what I start. But it is actually the Raffles book that has inspired me to try and keep this compulsion under control and abandon any book that does not hold my interest. So, I guess I should thank E. W. Hornung for creating the characters of A. J. Raffles and Harry “Bunny” Manders. They saved me from myself!
I also NEED to finish once I’ve started a book
Here is my answer http://amysbookden.blogspot.com/2011/07/musing-mondays.html
Oh yes I know that need! I made myself read the whole Stieg Larsson ‘Millennium Trilogy’, even though Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had disturbed me to no end. I just couldn’t abandon a trilogy in the middle!
I’m the same way, I have to force myself to put a book I hate down.
Lately I have been forcing myself to drop a book if it isn’t holding my interest. Before my compulsion was much worse.
I don’t reall feel that compulsion and sometimes I would love to just give up on a book…but if it is a review copy I was given I feel an obligation to really, really try and finish it.
You’re lucky! This compulsion thing isn’t nice.
I have that same compulsion! I feel guilty when I don’t finish a book.
Here’s my answer: http://diannehartsocksalex.wordpress.com/alexs-blogs/
I feel guilty too but at the same time angry with myself for sticking with a book that makes me miserable.