This is a difficult post for me because I've reached that time in my life where something has changed.
Up until this year I was very proud to say that I've never let a book beat me. Even if I've hated every word I've read every book I've ever picked up to the end.
I always believed I shouldn't form an opinion until I get to the very end.
But - you know what? I'm getting too old for that now!
A number of my friends have always said they give a book a few chapters or a few pages, then give up if it hasn't captured their attention.
Now, I am a book fiend. My house could probably be defined as a library. Barnardos love me. I keep them in business with the amount of books I donate. When I'm old and grey, the district nurse won't be able to open the door with the amount of books I'll have.
And let's not even start on the Kindle....
I even keep excel spreadsheets of all the books that I've read, along with a pile of notes on each one about what I liked and what I didn't like.
But recently I started reading a book. And for someone who loves reading, I would have done anything to avoid reading the rest of that book. Even the house cleaning. Even the ironing. Even the garden!
So it was time to give in gracefully. And since then, I've done it another twice. If a book hasn't made me want to keep reading by the end of chapter three then it gets resigned to the Barnardos bag.
And instead of the strange twitchy feeling I thought I would get, I've actually felt quite liberated! It leaves me free to move on to something that I do love - something that will keep me up late at night turning pages.
So how long do you give a book before you give up? Or do you read them all to the end?