Nancy Pearl's Rule of 50
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But at what point do I decide my book is bad and stop wasting my time on it?
Nancy Pearl has a “Rule of 50.” I just read about it and have decided to use it. It goes like this.
When you get to the bottom of page 50, if the book is still boring or you otherwise don’t like it, stop wasting your time.
I especially like her Rule of 50 for 50-plussers because I’m 54, and the older I get, the less time I have: when you’re over 50, subtract your age from 100. That number is the number of pages that should be your limit. And when you reach 100, you are authorized to judge a book by its cover.
See Nancy's article at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/nancy-pearls-rule-of-50-for-dropp...
Then I remembered just the other day when I was reading the second volume of the Elder Gods series, The Treasured One, and I realised that it was crap! So was the first volume, The Elder Gods. They were just the Belgariad, re-written. As was The Malloreon series and The Tamuli series. Why was I wasting time reading the same damn thing over and over, albeit in different covers and with different titles?
So I'm not going to, not any more. Any new book is going to get a bookmark inserted around about page 48 (I'm 52) and when the bookmark is reached, a decision will be made. Firmly.
Thank you for helping me make this decision. Life is too short for bad coffee, bad wine, bad chocolate or bad writing.
*Except for The Eighty Minute Hour. Started it three, four, maybe five times. Can not read it!
One of the things I really like about LT is that it's so much easier to find the next good read.
2008 was the year I decided to commit to finishing every book I started that year. That lasted until March. I found myself unhappy reading - and reading is supposed to be joyous, entertaining, educational, and fun. So I stopped that quickly. If a book doesn't appeal to me, I put it back on my shelf. It may interest me another day, week, month, year. Or, if it angers me enough, I get rid of it. Thrift Store, Library Sale, Bookmooch.
No rules. They give me the heebie jeebies.
I heard of Ms. Pearl's Rule of 50 a few years back and immediately decided it made sense. I will be 54 in 2 weeks! Time is short and life is full of distractions.