Start. Stop. Drop.
Pick up. Skim. Put down.
At what point do you finally say "It's over?" I'm not talking about relationships...although...there may be some truth in the matter. But no, I'm talking about that book you were excited to pick up and read...only to realize a few pages into it, that it's just not-gonna-happen. But how long do you give that book a fighting chance? 10 pages in? 100? Half-way point? What makes you stop? The plot, the characters, writing style, mood, lighting? There should be an entire field devoted to literary psychology.
With Summer almost over, here's this season's unfinished collection:
|Switched. By Amanda Hocking. Paperback, 304 pages. St. Martin's Griffin.|
|Enchanted. By Alethea Kontis. Hardback, 305 pages. Harcourt Children's Books, May 2012.|
|Partials. By Dan Wells. Hardcover, 468 pages. Balzer + Bray, February 2012.|
Oh, how I wanted to love this one: apocalypse, engineered organic beings, dystopia...it was everything I ever wanted in a story...Unfortunately, the only thing I got out of this was a good night's sleep. The main challenge I had with this story was its pacing. It just took too long to get going. I also felt like the writing was somewhat bland for my taste...in an apocalyptic militarized world, I expected more suspense, more action, more snide remarks, less talking. There just wasn't enough to keep me going. And after meeting Dan Wells, I felt even worse for not finishing. Tried and Died around page 70.
All 3 books do have some pretty decent ratings on Goodreads so you may end up enjoying them...even if it wasn't my cup of hot chocolate.
So I'm curious...what was your summer's unfinished novel and why?