I’m one of those people who will suffer through a book, thinking I have to finish it even though I’m not into it at all.
I know that I need to stop this as, well, life is just too short (and my tbr pile is long)!!!
I’m the sort of person who needs rules (and guidance!) so I was perusing the net to see if I could find any information. I stumbled across a post from Life Hacker who has a quote from author and librarian Nancy Pearl and I decided to roll with it.
The Rule of 50
People frequently ask me how many pages they should give a book before they give up on it. In response to that question, I came up with my “rule of fifty,” which is based on the shortness of time and the immensity of the world of books. If you’re fifty years of age or younger, give a book fifty pages before you decide to commit 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 making your decision to stay with it or quit.
So I thought this is now my new rule!
But then I thought hang on, if my book is 900 pages then 50 pages is surely not enough to really know, it’s a drop in the ocean!!!
That’s where I need your help!
- What do you do?
- Do you follow the rule of 50?
- Is there another ‘rule’ I need to know?!