Today's discussion topic is something I've been thinking about for a couple of weeks -- unfinished books. I definitely follow some bloggers that write about books that they weren't able to finish. But I've also seen bloggers who have said that they don't review unfinished books. So I'm wondering what everyone's opinions are here.
My personal view is that all information about a book is useful to perspective readers, including the reasons why someone left a book unfinished. Especially in the blogging community where we seek out bloggers with similar tastes, this can really help in choosing books. Here are a few things that I think it's important to share when discussing a book you didn't finish ...
**Let me know why you chose the book in the first place. Perhaps it's in a genre that you normally read but it's a poor example of the genre. That's useful to know! Maybe it's an author that you normally read but this one novel just didn't do it for you. Whatever the reason, it could be the same as why I am looking at the book.
**Tell me how far you got in the book. Did something in the first chapter turn you off or did you slog through hundreds of pages until you set aside the book?
**Be constructive and tell me what ended your reading of this book. Was it the subject matter, the writing, the plot details? This way I could guess if I would have the same issues.
**Finally, it would be awesome if you could suggest another book instead. Is there a novel that you've read that is similar but you liked better? This is helpful if I'm interested in the same topic but now am choosing not to read the original book.
So, what do my readers think? Would you or do you discuss unfinished books on your site? Are there any other things that you would want to read in someone else's review of an unfinished book?
Taking the good with the bad,