How do you handle a boring book? Are you able to walk away, or do you stick with it to the bitter end? Here's what Terry Teachout says:
I expect a lot out of the books I read, and when they fail to deliver the goods, I toss them aside with a clear conscience and no second thoughts. Life is so very short—and so often shorter than we expect—that it seems a fearful mistake to waste even the tiniest part of it submitting voluntarily to unnecessary boredom.
On the whole, I agree with that. But sometimes I believe I might glean something useful (if not entertaining) from even a bad book, so I'll stick with it. Admittedly, quite a lot of skipping and skimming occurs, but as long as I can envision a payoff, I'll keep going. Even when I'm not enjoying a novel, I might be inspired by something in it; a surprise ending, a well-drawn character, some bit of cleverness I might adapt for my own work. For the most part, however, I'm able to close a boring book and never look back. In some cases I'll skim the last few pages just to see how everything turned out, but I'm not usually tempted to do even that.
So, how about you? What makes you put a book down? Can you put a book down, even if it's boring? Do you have an unfinished book on your nightstand that you're planning to give another shot when you're more in the mood for it?