So … you’re halfway through a book and you’re hating it. It’s boring. It’s trite. It’s badly written. But … you’ve invested all this time to reading the first half.
What do you do? Read the second half? Just to finish out the story? Find out what happens?
Or, cut your losses and dump the second half?
I am an unashamed completionist. (Interestingly, I am not a completionist when it comes to video games, where the term comes from, but that’s neither here nor there.) I can’t even jump into open-ended mystery or thriller series at any point in the series; I have to start at the beginning. And if I get halfway through a book and hate it, I’m still going to finish it. I need to know what happens and how the author fails to deliver a proper story.
If the book is truly bad or offensive, then finishing it and writing the review is actually kind of fun–there’s plenty of material to cover. It’s a little more difficult when the book is simply sub par, since there’s nothing to get truly outraged about, but then, this question is about books we hate, not books we simply don’t like!