I recently tossed a book into the recycle bin. I have thrown a few into the garbage (the ultimate protest) but have switched to being environmentally friendly – perhaps they will be reborn as better reading. We all have run across books that we didn’t finish for one reason or another. My most recent read got me thinking about what causes me to stop reading a book… it wasn’t the one I tossed. The main reason I stop is that it just doesn’t capture my attention… I don’t care about the characters or the plot. I read a lot of mysteries and the mystery had better be set up soon into the book. A book needs to grab the reader on the first page. I make that my number one goal in writing the Spencer Manning Mysteries. It isn’t as easy as it sounds.
How many pages do you give a book before you give up? Or do you persevere to the end just because you started? I usually give it twenty pages or so, and I won’t finish if I have lost interest. If a mystery isn’t mysterious within the first few pages, I lose interest. If there is no romance in the first chapter of a romance novel, what’s the point? But I’ll usually give it a couple of tries before I finally give up. Maybe my mood wasn’t right. [Read more…]