I have wondered about this. There are a handful of books that I haven’t finished, maybe a little more than a handful. Then there are the books I read while researching for my books, but those don’t count. Do they?
Then, there is the one book, only one, that I started on three separate occasions. I always got to page 100. I tried to get into it, but it wasn’t happening for me. I was about to give up, when I thought I’d give it one more go. This time, I not only got past page 100, but I finished the book and then devoured its sequel. And, by the way, I’m not young, like the meme suggests.
To my great surprise, I loved it. It has become one of my all time favorite books. What was it? The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I know, some of you fantasy readers may be wondering, how could I not love this book on first read? I honestly don’t know.
Now, it makes me question when do you stop reading? Do you give it the 100 page test? Or, is it all about waiting till the right time, whenever that may be for you. I just don’t know. I only know I would have missed a fantastic read if I hadn’t given it that last try.
What do you think? When do you decide to give up?
Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. I am 60 and married with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Doestoyefsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in the Midwest United States with my husband, Chris and my dog, Max.