Three Reasons I Quit Reading

One of the reasons that I love using the library is that when I decide not to finish a book, it is a guilt free decision.  This is especially true when it is an ebook.  Click to check it out.  Listen or read for a short time.  Click to return.  Am I sure I want to return it?  Oh, yes.  I’ve actually made it about 1/3 of the way through a book before turning it back in.

Here are the three main reasons that I quit reading a book.

Voice.  I’m sewing a new set of masks for the family and I always listen to a book while I saw.  I checked out a book by a really popular author that another author just recommended.  “Her books have so much suspence!”  Hmm.  I don’t know.  I didn’t get through the first chapter.  The book opens with the POV character heading to a party and hating everyone and everything involved.  Granted, I think we’ve all been there.  But when I step into the book and the POV character is griping about her shoes, her dress, the party, the hostess, the other guests, the fact that . . . whoa!  Back it goes.

Brains? What Brains? The book that I made it 1/3 of the way through suffered from a lack of intelligence on the part of the POV character.  Gullible didn’t begin to cover it.  It was painful to behold.  I know that not everyone is a Mensa candidate but when characters are dumbed down to keep the tension high . . . that’s one of the times I click Return.

Violence.  When I read YA books, the level of violence isn’t generally a problem even when I’m reading horror.  Gore isn’t a huge problem for me.  But sexual violence is a no go.  I don’t think I’ve ever returned a YA book for this but adult books?  One recent best seller combined “no brains” with “violence.”  My book club avoids books recommended by a certain celebrity because of this.  Myself, I don’t know why these are frequently elements of women’s fiction.

What makes you decide to quit reading a book?