August 26th 2019
"What Would Make You, As An Author/Reader, Abandon (Stop Reading) Someone Else's Book??"
This week on the OpenBook blog tour, we’re looking at what makes different authors abandon (or stop reading) someone else’s book.
Before we go too far into this post, I want to clarify something. There is a difference between stopping reading a book and abandoning that book.
- Stopping reading comes with the intent of coming back to the book at a later date.
- Abandoning that book means that there is no plan to ever return to it.
It might seem like a small thing to have to clarify, but I think you’ll see why I did.
Abandoning A Book Is A Serious Business...
Over the years there are very few books that have made me abandon them. Some of those books are very popular, but in one such case I didn’t even make it to the end of the second page.
I’m not going to name the books, or the authors. I don’t think that’s fair to readers who have enjoyed them.
Instead I’m going to give the reasons why I’ve stopped reading before the end. Some of these reasons are purely from a reader perspective. Others are probably colored by the fact that I’m an author.
So What Makes Me Abandon A Book?
These reasons are presented in no particular order. But I’m sure those of you who’ve followed me for a while can guess at which reason I consider the worst.
What Makes You Abandon A Book?
In the comments, let me know what stops you from finishing a book.
Or, take a guess at which of the reasons I presented is the one I consider the cardinal sin of writing.
Check Out The Rest Of The Entries
Several authors take part in these weekly blog challenges from the “Open Book” group. So, if you want to see what they consider to be common traps for aspiring authors, click the link below.
About The Open Book Blog Hops
“Open Book” is a group of writers who get together each week to answer some of the questions that people pose about our work.
Each week they ask the writers to write a blog post on the same topic, and then share their post with each other’s readers.
It’s a great way to get some insights into how different writers attack the same challenges in different ways.