Life is short.
Too short to spend on a mediocre read.
With that in mind, I no longer slog through a book that doesn’t ‘wow’ me. If I’m not hooked in the first 40 (50 at the most) pages, I’m out.
Contest entries are the exception the rule. I read the entire book – no matter what.
I was yawning through an entry yesterday, when BAM! The author hit me with a twist that turned the book around and totally sucked me in. I suddenly understood why the heroine was so pushy and borderline obnoxious. She would need that aggression and more to overcome the huge obstacle the author had thrown at her.
The book kept me up all night, but if it hadn’t been a contest entry I would have tossed it aside at page 40 and missed out on a fantastic read.
The experience has me rethinking how long I’ll give a book before giving up on it.
How many pages do you give a story, before giving up?