Tough Reads

How long do you stick with a book when you’re not enjoying it?

I’m currently 15% of the way through Don Quixote, which I’m reading as part of a challenge to read The Telegraph’s top 100 books of all time. I’m finding it incredibly hard going, though, and I have a desperate desire to give it up and move on to something I like better.

In general, I read for enjoyment, and I’m not enjoying Don Quixote.

What worries me is that if I give up on this book, I’ve got a built in excuse to give up on any others I struggle with, in which case I might as well give up on the challenge now. If I stick with the book and the challenge, however, there’s every chance it will take me many years to get through it, and that isn’t a prospect I like.

I’d love to hear what you think; would you stick with the book, or allow enjoyment (or lack thereof) to be the deciding factor.

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  1. I usually finish any book I start. That being said, I may take a break from a book, read a few others, and then go back to finish it. If it’s a series, I will read the first book but will only continue if I enjoyed book 1.

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    1. That’s true, and it’s what I’m trying to decide on. I set myself the challenge more so I can brag I’ve read the books than anything else, and now, since I’m so busy with writing, marketing, reading for reviews, it feels like I’m putting myself under pressure to read these weighty tomes when I should be reading for pleasure.
      I don’t like quitting, but I do want to dread reading a little less

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  2. I take a long time to read a book because I immerse myself into it so much and savour every word. I’d struggle if I ended the first chapter and wasn’t at least intrigued enough to continue. However with a really good review or recommendation I’d delve a little deeper

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      1. I totally understand and it can draw you out of the moment sometimes. That’s why I find it odd that people are sometimes so against movies being made etc of books but I think it brings great stories to audiences that may otherwise not be able to enjoy them.

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      2. I totally agree. I think something are changed because they simply wouldn’t work on film buy I think one flew over the cuckoos nest is a great example. It’s a fantastic film but it’s absolutely nothing to do with the book really

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