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Leyland
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Location: Travelers Rest SC

Post by Leyland » Mon October 17th, 2011, 1:51 pm

[quote=""Telynor""]I'll try and give a book two chances, but on the second try, if I can't get past sixty or so pages before I get distracted, then it's onto the discard heap, and I try hard to finish books that I start. [/quote] Agree completely! I will try to skim every 20 or so pages on the second "failed attempt" all the way through to the end, so that I feel as though I gave the author his or her due.

I have traded away more attempted books in the last couple years than I have in the past because my TBR is still so immense. It fixes its stern eye upon me and conveys silently and effectively that I have many other committments languishing on shelves and in piles all around the house!
We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams ~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Ode

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon October 17th, 2011, 3:10 pm

When I was young, I usually finished whatever book I started no matter how dull or awful. I wasn't good at finishing projects, so I prided myself that at least I could read!

Now I am old, I get projects finished (because I pick and choose which ones I will start) but when it comes to entertainment, I'll toss whatever bores or irritates me pretty much as soon as I feel bored or irritated. It's entertainment. I don't owe it my time.

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Veronica
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Location: NT, Australia

Post by Veronica » Mon October 17th, 2011, 8:52 pm

[quote=""MLE""]...but when it comes to entertainment, I'll toss whatever bores or irritates me pretty much as soon as I feel bored or irritated. It's entertainment. I don't owe it my time.[/quote]

That's a very valid point. See if I can learn to live by that.
"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted"

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