My 50-Page Rule
November 10, 2010
Do you ever feel the need to finish a book, even though you’re not really enjoying it? I used to feel compelled to finish every book I started. Maybe, it was an English teacher’s voice in my head. Or, maybe it was knowing that if I didn’t finish, I’d never know how it ended, or whether it might have gotten better at some point. But, now I’ve adopted a “50-page rule.” If a book hasn’t captured my attention in the first 50 pages, and if I don’t find myself anxious to go back to it as soon as possible, I’m willing to give up on it. There are just too many other good books waiting.
Sometimes if I’m wavering, I’ll look at readers’ ratings and comments online just to see what other people think about a book. I’ve learned that more often than not, if I stick with a book I’m not really into, I’m disappointed in the end. Very few books have redeemed themselves when I’ve finished. See what you think. Give a book 50 pages, and then give yourself permission to stop if you’re not fully engrossed. Tell your internal English teacher voice that you are reading for pleasure now. (Disclaimer: This does not apply to academic reading assignments!)
Colbern Road Branch