I try to finish every book I start reading. Even if the first 30 pages of the book aren’t that spectacular or make me roll my eyes in annoyance at the characters, I still read on in the hope that the book will redeem itself in later pages. I hate giving up on a book; I feel like it’s a disservice to the author who spent so much time writing it. And besides, I’ve read several books with slow starts that ended up being really awesome in the end.
They say life is too short to read a book you don’t enjoy. But there haven’t been any books I’ve flat-out hated. Every book has its redeeming qualities; whether it’s the snarky characters or the intricate plot or the writer’s style of description. If you finish a book you don’t like, it’s a reminder of what not to include in your own writing. Reading anything is a learning experience. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a short story in a magazine, a self-published memoir, or a Harlequin romance novel. Whether the book was good or bad, it still taught you something. Maybe you learned something about your own tastes or you learned never to read another book by that author again.
It’s never a waste of time to read.