I have a friend whose personal theory of reading evolved over time, so by the time she turned 50 she refused to finish a book if she didn’t like it after 50 pages.
The reason I bring this up is because I’m reading (listening) to a book right now that is so awful I can barely stomach it but the loyal reader in me refuses to give up. What if there’s a revelation coming up that makes the first part worthwhile? I also feel like I owe it to the author to keep going. As a wannabe writer myself, I keep thinking that the author needs readers. Doesn’t she? I’m not going to mention the title of the book right now because maybe, just maybe, there will be a big payoff.
Do you have reading theory like my friend’s? Or do you finish every book you start? The book I’m most proud of finishing is Love in the Time of Cholera. I hated that book so much but I finished it. It’s like a badge of honor.