15 Reader Options to a Book Problem #bookaddicts #books #amreading


Imagine this:

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?

  1. Plough on and remain optimistic that all will become clear soon.
  2. Quit. Life is too short.
  3. Go back a chapter and see whether you can pick up any clues.
  4. Go back a couple of chapters or to the point where you lost sight of the plot.
  5. Start the book again. Only for the brave!
  6. Have a break from it. Put it down and go enjoy yourself. Hard to return once your enjoyment has ended.
  7. Read the blurb again whilst muttering “what the hell is going on here?”
  8. Phone / email / message / tweet a friend with ‘did you know what was going on in?’ [enter book name]
  9. 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.
  10. Skip a chapter or two and see whether that helps. You can always go back.
  11. Read the last page, walk away and be done with it.
  12. Go make a strong coffee, come back and carry on reading. Let caffeine guide you through.
  13. Study the cover and title for any clues.
  14. Check the genre again and try to get into the genre zone!
  15. 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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39 thoughts on “15 Reader Options to a Book Problem #bookaddicts #books #amreading

  1. See if there’s a film dased on the book and watch that!
    I think in my life I’ve only every not finished 1 book. Regardless of whether I enjoy it or not, I have to finish a book, but this one was soooo boring I just couldn’t! !!!

  2. I’ll scan read to fast forward till something clicks again…if nothing else it gets me to the end. Must admit I’ve a few books on pause right now…the curse of Kindle.

  3. My reaction has changed over time. I used to finish any book to the end regardless but I am now in my sixties and have recently realised that life is too short. If I really get confused I’ll flick back a couple of chapters and try again, but if that doesn’t work after a couple of tries I’ll sometimes give up and decide the writer wasn’t writing with me in mind.

  4. Can totally relate to your list but also to the comments! I’m the same as Pauline, once upon a time I would finish any book regardless, then, just like Don, I attempted to read a few classics, before realising that Nicholas has it right – #2! 😉

  5. If I am less than 75% into the book, I will look at the clock as I will occasionally refuse to admit I am simply exhausted until after a certain time of night. If I couldn’t possibly be sleepy (I lie to myself all the time), I will re-read the back cover and then flip back a few pages as I must have started to skim at some point. If it is neither late at night nor the last pages helpful, I have to admit I will move on to the next book. The tbr pile is too large. If I am over 75%, then I will almost always finish it and just hope the ending makes more sense than the middle.

      1. Yep – I figure if the author managed to capture my interest that far, chances are the ending will be decent even if the beginning of the climax is confusing or muddled. I’ve only been disappointed a few times. I usually know within the first few chapters if the story or writing isn’t for me.

  6. I have this need to finish what I’ve started. I’ve gotten over it with time. Sometimes I’ll carry on to decipher where it went sour and try to learn something for my own writing.

  7. Torn between quitting and restarting the book. Too stubborn to quit, but with so little time to to read, could I justify restarting? Oh, the decisions…. 🙂

    1. Hey E Rawls, I am good. I have been writing a vampire novel on Wattpad and it has taken over my life. It has been serialised and I am doing the final parts today. Quite an experience!

      1. I was spotted on Wattpad by one of their team and added to their Featured list. I then decided to see what I could on Wattpad so as there is a lot vampire stuff on there I chose to do that. It’s at no 33 in the Wattpad charts – squeal!

      2. Wow, you manage to catch the public’s eye so easily! I fail at that, haha. I’m so happy for you, BlondeLucy! 33 on the charts, that’s AMAZING! *squeal*!!!

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