Question – When Do You Know How You’ll Rate A Book?

Julie from Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks asked on her blog when you know how you’ll rate a book.  I hope she doesn’t mind me answering this here.  I think this is a great question, and I was also curious about how all of you would answer it.

For me, I don’t know what grade to give a book until I finish it.  That’s if I finish it.  I give each book 100 pages to convince me to read to the end.  If a book doesn’t hold my interest or have me engaged in the story by the 100th page, I put it away.  Maybe I’m not in the mood for that type of story at that particular moment in time.  Maybe I can’t stand the characters and don’t want to spend any more time with them – ever.  Maybe another book caught my interest, and with my short attention span, I continued to read the newer book over the previous one.  There are so many reasons why I might put a book aside that they would take up an entire post.

If I am engaged in a story enough to journey beyond the 100th page, I try not to pass judgment until I finish it.  There have been so many books that start strong and have me completely immersed in the story, only to fall apart at the end.  Maybe the protagonist does something out of character.  Or suddenly becomes TSTL (too stupid to live).  Maybe the pacing slows, and then I find my attention wandering.  These are the most disappointing reads, because they had so much promise, but ultimately let me down. 

Then there books that grab you from the first sentence and never seem to let you go.  I think of these as Holy Crap This is a Good Book.  They are few and far between, but you know from the moment that you pick it up that you are holding a winner in your hands.  They consume your every thought, but even these I hesitate to rate until I reach the last page.  What if the plot unravels at the end?  It is so energizing when they hold strong and leave me literally breathless at the end.  These are the books that keep me reading and blogging!

What about you?  When do you know how you’ll rate a book?  If you aren’t completely engrossed in the plot, how long will you keep trudging along?

Thanks to Carmel from Rabid Reads for helping me discover Julie’s blog.

3 thoughts on “Question – When Do You Know How You’ll Rate A Book?

  • February 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hey! Thanks for the shout out! Julie’s questions are indeed awesome; she’s becoming famous for them it seems. 🙂

    I’m a trooper and hate giving up on a book so unless it’s really bad I will stick it out until the end. Anyway, that’s another issue entirely. I usually have a rating in mind by the mid-way point.

  • March 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Hi, great answer! For me, I think I’ll know in the first 100 pages what to rate them. It’s all about the characters. I’ll known whether I like them by then. Of course, things might change by the end, if the plot totally blows me away, but that hardly happens when I can’t connect to the characters early on.

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  • March 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I enjoyed reading your answer to the question and those of the other commentors. I’m fairly new to reviewing, but I made a resolution goal to review every book I read so for me this question is a moot point.

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