Here is a little food for thought:
Remember Nancy Pearl? (Click here for a BFWP primer on beloved bibliophile Nancy.) When it comes to understanding the ins and outs of being a serious reader, it is important to know when to say "I give up" and put down that book --Nancy came up with the “Rule of Fifty”:
"People frequently ask me how many pages they should give a book before they give up on it. In response to that question, I came up with my “rule of fifty,” which is based on the shortness of time and the immensity of the world of books. If you’re fifty years of age or younger, give a book fifty pages before you decide to commit to reading it or give it up. If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100—the result is the number of pages you should read before making your decision to stay with it or quit. Since that number gets smaller and smaller as we get older and older, our big reward is that when we turn 100, we can judge a book by its cover!" Want more Nancy wisdom? Click here for her blog.The Bean told us about this NPR segment "What Does It Take For You to Give Up on a Book?" on Talk of the Nation. If you have 17 minutes --and you love books-- it is definitely worth a listen. The Mom listened to it last night and giggled when Julia Keller mentioned our Book of the Week Anna Karenina... it is LONG!
Here is your Challenge:
What books have you given up on and which ones have you tried and tried and finally finished. What makes you give up on a book? Do you have a "Rule of 50" of your own?
Tell us your story about giving up (or not) on a book!