Beginnings

Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Friday, October 15, 2010

Book Blog Hop!

Happy Friday!

A weekly meme hosted by Jennifer @ Crazy For Books.

This week's question is from Christina @ The Paperback Princesses.

When you read a book that you can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?

I try to stick with it for at least 50 pages, then if it's not working out, I give up and move on.  In some cases, when I'm on the fence about continuing to read a book (case in recent point:  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen), I aim to finish about 1/3 of the book and then judge whether or not it's worth continuing.

14 comments:

  1. Hopping by to visit and follow. Good policy! I try to give a book 50 or so pages to win me over, but I think by the time you're 1/3rd through, you pretty much know how the rest of the story will feel. :-)

    -Tiger

    http://tigersallconsumingbooks.blogspot.com

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  2. Dropping by via the Friday hops. :) I am also your newest follower. If you have the time, drop by Clandestine Sanctuary.

    xoxo. Greyz

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  3. I try so hard to finish, but some I just can't finish. Some people have suggested that it has to do with timing and that may be right. I am not sure. Maybe you need to read something light when you're reading a drama. So, I might start setting those aside and go back. After a second time, and I still don't like it, forget it. There are just too many good books out there to read a bad one!

    Heather
    Buried in Books

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  4. Freedom sounded so good to me! :-) But I'll take your word for it and proceed with caution.

    From what you say about the Amazon ratings, it sounds like it's a love/hate type book.

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. Hopping by to say hi :)

    If I find that I'm really not getting into a book, I'll push myself to finish unless it's truly terrible!! If it's ridiculous or boring me to tears, then I might as well quit. I figure that if I get to the point where I'm ready to throw in the towel - there's no sense in trying to review it since it'll be unfavorable anyway (ya know?)

    I've only ever not finished one book.

    Have a great weekend!
    ♥Isalys
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  6. Hi, I usually try for about 100 pages-I agree with moving on-so many books so little time.(new follower)Congrats on becoming a teacher- What grade do you teach?

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  7. Hi, I usually try for about 100 pages. I agree with moving on- so many books-so little time.(new follower)
    Congrats on becoming a teacher-what grade do you teach?

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  8. Thanks for hopping by & for all your comments!

    leeswames~ I also thought Freedom sounded good but as you said, it seems to be a love it or hate it type of book. If you try it, I hope you like it better than I did.

    Book Soulmates~ I completely agree! How else can we find new favourites when we waste time on material we finish just for the sake of it?

    Library Gal~ I'm an elementary substitute teacher now, so anywhere from K-8. I'm still seeeking my own classroom :o)

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  9. Back for another visit...love the colors...

    Hopping by...stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  10. Returning your hop visit.. I love the look and feel of your blog, and am now your newest follower!

    I think getting 1/3 of the way into the book is fair shot. Though I have one book in my pile that I am 1 chapter in, and am trying to decide if I really want to give it another shot.

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  11. I tend to give books 100 pages before putting them down forever. The only book I didn't do that to was one that had no punctuation. I got about 10 pages in and said "NO!" :)

    New follower here

    Check out my Blogger Hop and Follow Friday HERE!

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  12. Happy Follow Friday!!! Hope you will stop by my blog too! My publisher and I are looking for a group of bloggers for a huge blog tour next year before the release of book two in my 'A Sense of Truth' series! We will be giving out a few more copies of The Thirteenth Chime (we can only give out so many, being open to e-books gives an upper hand) and are still open to all interviews and guest posts. We want to fill up the Amazon page with reviews and try to reach as many people as we can!!! Hope you might consider being a part of the team! Thank you either way!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    Emma_Michaels@hotmail.com
    http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

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  13. Did you read Franzen's other book, The Corrections? That one went around my book club and we all enjoyed it. Loved the quirky characters. I think someone has Freedom now and it might be circulating through our group--I'll try to remember to let you know if we like it or not.

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  14. Jan~ Yes, I read The Corrections at univ. Click the title for the short review. Finished it, but was on the fence about it.

    Hope you & your book club have a better time with Freedom than I did.

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