The Need to Finish

finishHello readers, fellow book lovers, brilliant beings! I need to ask you all a question of the utmost importance.

Would you call a person weird if that person was determined to finish a novel they hated? What would you say if they then went further and stubbornly read a whole series they didn’t enjoy one bit?

Yes, we are talking about me. I have a serious stubborn streak (which I hope isn’t too obvious) that fills me with this dire need to not only finish novels I hate, but a whole series that I can’t stand. What’s my diagnosis?

I recently read Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast. I was very open with my opinion on it in which I stated that it was offensive and awful. While it might be normal to finish a novel you don’t like for the sake of a review, I don’t think it’s quite ‘normal’ to finish the series. That’s right, the novel I stated was a cheap gimmick was only the first of many novels in a series that I continued to read.

I didn’t like them.

They only got worse as I went on.

I could have been reading GREAT (or even good) novels during that time.

But none of those thoughts stopped me, I simply could not fight the urge to finish. What’s funny is this is not an accurate representation of my life. In life, I’m perfectly fine not finishing things and procrastinate on each and every assignment before me. So why, when it comes to reading do I have to finish novels even though they are awful?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated and once again, thank you for reading. Have a lovely evening!

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12 thoughts on “The Need to Finish

  1. I always finish a book even if it’s horrible, but sometimes I take more time to do so. I have also finished a trilogy that I hated, but there are those I don’t bother completing. I don’t know. I feel like I should at least know how much I hate the whole of the book? Haha!

  2. Oh, yes, I’ve done this quite a few times. Not often because I generally seem to only pick books I’m fairly certain I will enjoy, but sure, I’ll read one I don’t care for to the end. Why? Because it’s a book; I’d feel dirty discarding it with such ease. Besides, as you come along in it, maybe there will be something worthwhile to take away from it. Interesting topic as usual!

  3. That’s how I felt about the Twilight series. They went completely downhill after the first but I needed to know a) if they got better and b) what happened! I think it’s normal..ish 😀

  4. For some reason, I always have to finish a book because there’s always the chance that it could get better. Interestingly enough, I also continued reading the House of Night series even though I didn’t like Marked – I made it through the first eight books before going away to university (thankfully) got in the way.

  5. I understand the impulse, but I never finish something that I don’t like. I mean, something long enough that makes me spend hours with it. I may keep watching a movie to the end, or read the last pages of a book that I’ve started to dislike. But to spend hours on end doing something that I don’t enjoy? I have work to look for, for that.
    I stopped seeing shows after more than 5 seasons of regular watching for example. I just know that I have better options.

  6. This is so funny, I literally just did a post similar to this myself! I am exactly the same as you and many people do find it odd. I never give up on a book no matter how bad it is, and I rarely give up on a series (there have been a few occasions) but for the most part I always see them through. I so hope that I can change this habit in the future!

    I too got sucked into The House of Night series, I think I’m up to the 10th one now and THEY JUST KEEP COMING. I did originally enjoy them somewhat but it wasn’t long before they went down hill, yet I can’t convince myself to stop reading them.

    • Yeah, I’m going to finish them too just because I need to know how it ends even though I know I’m not gonna like it! Glad I’m not the only one, I’ll have to check out your post! 🙂

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