I have what I like to call a Pokemon mentality. For those that haven’t heard me use this phrase, let me explain. I’m totally all about the tagline.
Gotta Catch ‘Em All!
This means, I need the complete set of movies. Every doll in the franchise. The entire collection of snow globes. And, yes, I must collect all 150 Pokemon.
What do you mean there’s way more than that now? It was hard enough back then, with the trading and limited stones, to get just those!
This mentality has bled over into my reading. Except we need to change it up a little.
Gotta Read It All! Bookemon!
To be honest, I try to convince myself that it is okay to quit. But, have you heard this one? You can learn a lot about writing by reading a good book. You can learn even more from reading a bad one.
I heard it somewhere and became addicted to the Kool-Aid. That’s how I convince myself to finish these not right for me books. I call it important writer learning.
Learning good. Finishing book good. Brain must suffer!!!
So, I spend months reading a book I don’t like. Months.
Which is how the reading pile grew. Currently? Two tote bags full! I keep them my living room closet. Plus waaay too many free ebooks I’ve racked up on my Kindle app. Oh, don’t get me started on my Amazon wish list or the books from series I’m following, but haven’t bought because I have too much.
I- I- I- sigh.
I obviously have to do something about this. I can’t go on like this. I think it is time I start breaking up with books. So, here is my new personal
dating reading policy.
All books get a fair shot, or 100 pages to be exact.
I figure by page 100 I…
1)Will have made up my mind if I like it or not (usually by less than that, to be honest).
2)Have “learned” enough from reading a bad* one.
3)The book would have earned its way. (They are a purchase in many cases.)
As if right now I’m torn on if I should share my book break-ups. I’m leaning toward yes. See, I’ve recommended stuff I didn’t like before to others. In particular, I’m thinking of WIZARD BARRISTERS, an anime. The animation, acting, and plot are all good. Beautiful even. I should have loved this anime, but we just didn’t have chemistry. After two episodes, I broke up with it.** I recommended this to my friend and he loved it (thanked me for the recommendation too).
Do you have a book reading policy?
How much does it take for you to know if you like
a book/tv show/movie/comic? How long to you give it?
Hmmm… Will I or won’t I publish my book break-ups? The final decision will be announced in my newsletter! So be sure to subscribe, if you haven’t already. Bonus: You get a FREE ebook for subscribing.
*-Bad as in fit, not bad as in badly written. Because, most books I can’t finish are great books, just not great for me books.
**-Which turned out awesome for me, because I moved on and found LOG HORIZON, an anime I love.