You have reached the middle of a book that you have been reading and you don’t have a clue about what is going on. Somewhere along the line the author lost you and this has left you in a bit of pickle.
If someone quizzed you on what is happening with the plot or what the main character is doing you would:
- Try to explain but give up.
- Stare blankly.
- Shrug your shoulders.
- Say stuff like ‘I thought I knew what I was reading but now I don’t know!’
- Exhale loudly.
So, what are your book reader options?
- Plough on and remain optimistic that all will become clear soon.
- Quit. Life is too short.
- Go back a chapter and see whether you can pick up any clues.
- Go back a couple of chapters or to the point where you lost sight of the plot.
- Start the book again. Only for the brave!
- Have a break from it. Put it down and go enjoy yourself. Hard to return once your enjoyment has ended.
- Read the blurb again whilst muttering “what the hell is going on here?”
- Phone / email / message / tweet a friend with ‘did you know what was going on in?’ [enter book name]
- Read the first bit of a book review. This is a bit sneaky but sometimes those helpful book reviewers can point you in the right direction. Just don’t read too much.
- Skip a chapter or two and see whether that helps. You can always go back.
- Read the last page, walk away and be done with it.
- Go make a strong coffee, come back and carry on reading. Let caffeine guide you through.
- Study the cover and title for any clues.
- Check the genre again and try to get into the genre zone!
- Go have a nap and see how you feel when you wake up.
Let me know if there are any other reader options out there!
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