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View Poll Results: How many pages of a book do you read before deciding to ditch it?
I have to read at least 10 pages. 2 6.25%
I have to read at least 25 pages. 8 25.00%
I have to read at least 50 pages. 12 37.50%
I have to read at least 100 pages. 10 31.25%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

Old 02-23-2012, 04:58 PM
Location: New Jersey
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Personally, I will read 20 - 22 pages exactly. LOL. If I'm not feeling it by then I will ditch it and move on to another one. What is the 'right' amount of pages to read before you ditch a book, anyways? A very wise person once told me: "Life's too short to waste it reading bad books." Touche.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:13 PM
Location: Canada
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I don't think there is a hard-and-fast rule. Some books are so clearly badly written on page 1 there's no hope of it recovering. Or it becomes clear early on that it's just not my type of book. Others may take a while to get into but are worth the effort.

Mind you, a typo on page one is really hard for me to recover from. Those books don't last long with me.
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:27 AM
Location: Oxford, England
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Probably about 50 but generally I think you can tell almost from the first page. I always feel I have to persevere a little though.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:48 AM
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If it's a "popular" novel, I might give up after 25 pages. But I'll stick in there quite a bit longer with the classics.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:50 AM
Location: Georgia
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Sometimes I can't even get past the first page and I ditch it. If I can't get into the writing style or the first page or so doesn't catch my attention then I am done reading it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:18 AM
Location: Maine
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If the writing is generally good and the story shows promise, I try to go at least 100 pages before I give up. Why? Because I have read books where I thought the first 100 pages were a drag, but I kept on and it ended up being a great book.

But if a book is just complete junk, I can generally tell in the first 2-3 pages.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:24 PM
Location: Matthews, NC
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I usually read so far into it by the time I decide that it sucks, that I have invested too much time to now give up on it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:30 PM
Location: Sweden
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The book will have to catch me immediately.
If it is a facts book I will search to see if there is anything interesting, but with fiction I will just stop reading.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:34 PM
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I usually read the summary to see if it's promising, then read about 5 pages to see if I like the writing style. Unless it's a popular or classic like 1984. I disliked it from the start, but told myself that it's a masterpiece and should stick to it--gave up after halfway.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:18 PM
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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It really depends on the book - sometimes I can tell just by the Kindle sample (about the first 6% of the book) and therefore I don't even buy it. If I can make it past that much, I try to give it at least about 15-20% - how many pages that equals would depend on how long the book is.
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