Am I a bad reader? I failed to finish a book! This is a first for a very, very long time. The last book I really could not continue was, well goodness me, at least 10 years ago. I wasn't reading quite so voraciously either! It was a Tom Sharpe and I just did not get it! Our sense of humour didn't quite meet, I don't know!
I have been reading regularly for the past 8 years and have been co-running a book group for at least 4 years now. In that time, I have never given up on a book, until now! It was unusual for me, as I had seen the televised version of Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan with Anna Maxwell Martin as N and Naomi Harris as Poppy Shakespeare and it was very well done. Alas, the book was something else. I could not cope with the written dialect. It is one thing to screen it, which worked but to write it like that!! I tried very hard, having read several chapters. I noticed that many of my reading buddies also thought it was awful, or that I was being optimistic in hoping it would improve - I made a decision.
There are a lot of books out there - and many are well worth reading. So why waste valuable time struggling to read something when I could actually enjoy a book! Luckily it was a book that was on my wishlist so I don't have a commitment to review it! Can you imagine? Fortunately, none of the books I have been obliged to review have fallen into this category. Yes, some are better than others, but I have not had any this bad yet!
Do I feel guilty? At first, yes! I felt I had failed and this was going to be the start of a bad habit, but my reading discipline is generally very good. No, I don't feel guilty at all! Why should I? Would I watch a TV series if I didn't like the first episode? No!
I would be interested to hear other bloggers thoughts on the perseverence of reading books they find are not for them, particularly if there is no obligation to read for review.