How often do y'all finish the books you pick up?


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    How often do y'all finish the books you pick up?

    I only find myself finishing maybe a quarter of the books I start.
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    Almost always, but sometimes it takes me ages and I read another three books before I finish it. I am careful what I pick up, in the way of books.
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    Haven't read any books since covid19 but when I get [into] books I can't put them down. I sometimes think that maybe I should read those books twice to have read them properly.
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    Nearly always - if i'm reading a poor book it's a good opportunity to dissect the writing, work out why it doesn't work and think how i would improve it. But i'm likely to avoid reading author again.

    Unless it's non-fiction - i only finish about a third of these, but i've learnt i really don't like pop science books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epimetheus View Post
    Nearly always - if i'm reading a poor book it's a good opportunity to dissect the writing, work out why it doesn't work and think how i would improve it. But i'm likely to avoid reading author again.

    Unless it's non-fiction - i only finish about a third of these, but i've learnt i really don't like pop science books.
    Have you tried Ben Greenacre, 'Bad science' ? Good stuff. I also enjoyed Jay Gould, but you can have too much, like 'Okay, I know where it's going already'.
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    I'm not too picky with what books I pick up, but the result is that I only finish maybe half of them. I have no qualms putting down a book if it doesn't hold my interest or if frustrating things happen within that book.

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    I used to finish every book, no matter what. But now, if it doesn’t grab me in the first chapter or two, I chuck it. Sometimes I chuck it after a few pages. Life is short and there are so many good books. I don’t want to waste time on anything that doesn’t stimulate me.

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    I give books 50 pages to hook me. I think I'm more generous than most, but it also means I finish most books that I start. In the last year or so, there were only two fiction novels that I didn't finish (out of about 45ish books read or so). And one of those was a re-read that I used to love but that just didn't hold up well. I struggle more with non-fiction. There's probably a good half a dozen of those that I gave up on.

    I used to grit my teeth and slog through to the end anyways, but that changed when I read this tome of 800+ pages of which I enjoyed approximately 13 pages and realized there are so many better ways to pass the time than read garbage that doesn't interest me just to have done so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    Have you tried Ben Greenacre, 'Bad science' ? Good stuff. I also enjoyed Jay Gould, but you can have too much, like 'Okay, I know where it's going already'.
    That' a blast from the past - and one i did finish.

    Last non-fiction book i finished was Nick Bostrom's book on AGI: Superintelligence.

    Last one i put down was also on AGI: The Master Algorithm - logistic curve is the most important function known to man my arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiamat View Post
    I give books 50 pages to hook me. I think I'm more generous than most, but it also means I finish most books that I start. In the last year or so, there were only two fiction novels that I didn't finish (out of about 45ish books read or so). And one of those was a re-read that I used to love but that just didn't hold up well. I struggle more with non-fiction. There's probably a good half a dozen of those that I gave up on.

    I used to grit my teeth and slog through to the end anyways, but that changed when I read this tome of 800+ pages of which I enjoyed approximately 13 pages and realized there are so many better ways to pass the time than read garbage that doesn't interest me just to have done so.

    I wouldn't disagree with that but most page-turners, I've found, have me hooked from the first two pages. Sometimes, from the first couple of sentences.
    If i post a comment on a "WIP", LOOK! I'm a reader that's all, and i can only tell how i feel, as a READER, giving/offering feedback. Hoping to learn and grow here. So please, tell me where i'm going wrong.

    Me? I'm just a fly on the wall.

    Look! I'm trying, okay?

    One can but dream, if only i had dared.

    "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong" Mahatma Gandhi.
    Alas, i am weak.

    I must find a way to Eastbourne and i so wish that i could dance.

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