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When to give up on a book you're reading

Dec 22, 2012
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When to give up on a book you’re reading

From Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust, the Rule of 50 will change your life:

Nobody is going to get any points in heaven by slogging their way through a book they aren’t enjoying but think they ought to read. I live by what I call ‘the rule of fifty,’ which acknowledges that time is short and the world of books is immense. If you’re fifty years old or younger, give every book about fifty pages before you decide to commit yourself to reading it, or give it up. If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100. The result is the number of pages you should read before deciding.

Now I’d like a rule for when to give up on a book you’re writing.

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  1. iamailuj reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    This is my New Year’s Resolution for starting / finishing books. Brilliant.
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    Great advice!! NEVER finish a book just because you started it. Life is far too short
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    I usually just stop reading when I have no interest whatsoever. It usually ends up being around 30-60 pages.
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