This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Bad Books

Booking through Thursday is hosted by Deb over at Wordpress.

Q: Do you read everything all the way through or do you feel life really is too short to read bad books?

If I have purchased a book I do try to finish it. A checked out book is more likely to end up unfinished if I just can't stand it; at least I didn't spend any money on it. While reading a "bad book," I do start flipping closer to the end to see if the story gets any better. I am very, very particular about books I choose to read so I don't come across too many that I absolutely can not finish.


  1. I'm with you, although I rarely purchase these days except for OOP I can't get from the library. I only buy tried and true, i.e. EC and Penman. I've had terrible luck with Amazon Vine books and those are hard because I feel an obligation to finish.

  2. Yes, I try to do a lot of "homework" on the books I read before I buy them or get them from the library, so I don't really abandon very many. But I'm definitely a "life is too short" believer.

  3. It is easier to abandon library books, there is so many to choose from if one is not holding your attention.

  4. Your background is so pretty! Here is my Booking Through Thursday:

  5. I try to read 150 pages. If I don't 'click' with the book by then I put it away. Generally, I will try it again some time down the road a bit to see if my impression has changed. If it hasn't I get the book out of the house so that another one that I DO click with can come in to grace my bookshelf