“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!