Booking Through Thursday: Half

Here’s this week’s question from Booking Through Thursday:
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?
Unless it’s assigned reading (for a book club or genre study), I’m outta there.
Usually, though, if a book is not grabbing me, I’m already outta there well before the halfway point.
However, a couple of months ago, I actually had one of these halfway-through-the-book situations, and I did indeed bail.
The book was The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch–a thriller. The premise sounded interesting: a man’s wife is murdered, and he is given the power to jump back 13 hours, one hour at a time, that day, to try to prevent her murder.
I stuck with it until about the halfway point, and I just couldn’t read any more. I knew it would end well, and I didn’t care anymore how the story unfolded. Besides, the characters were a weird combination of flat and annoying. I had to escape. And I did.
(What a mean little reader I am.)

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