A bad book is best left alone. However, once I start a book I find it very tough to leave it midway and move on. It feels like desertion. And so I soldier on.. sometimes losing the thread out of disinterest, sometimes letting it lie for days before taking it up yet again and sometimes reading it without making much sense.
It's worse if the book is 'famous' and I feel I 'should' like it. Okay I guess I should rephrase what I said earlier... 'a book you don't like should be left alone'... it eats into your reading time and keeps you away from other books you might enjoy.
These past few days I've been stuck with a bad read and finally today I decided to give it up. What made it worse was that over the last two months I've been treated to some half a dozen wonderful books in a row. .. I didn't just get lucky, they were handpicked by my SIL from her massive collection.
The settings have been as diverse as they possibly could be.. from Nigeria to China to 1962s Mississippi, Germany during the World War and India during the Independence struggle. Take a look...