So I picked up this book called We Are Here by Michael Marshall. It’s funny but I was actually drawn to it by the smooth matt cover that felt good to touch. The blurb on the back got me and Michael Marshall, well, I’d heard good reviews of previous books such as The Straw Men. But I have to say I’m struggling. I’m really not liking it. I don’t think I really want to read it. Every night I crawl into bed and sigh as I pick it up. Then I think, why am I bothering if I don’t like it? Why don’t I find something I want to read? It might just be the wrong book at the wrong moment, or just not something for me but why spend days reading something I’m not enjoying?
I have this strange compulsion to always finish a book. Am I feeling that I should give it its due? After all, the author has gone to a lot of trouble to write it. Am I making sure I’m not missing out on a good ending? Is it just the concept that I was always taught (although have always struggled to live up to), that you should finish everything you start.
Do you do this? Or do you chuck it in if it’s not grabbing you? I know one librarian who has the 200 page rule. If it hasn’t got you by then, that’s when you move on. Actually 200 pages is a long way, maybe it should be 50!