I have a problem. No matter how much I dislike something, I feel an obligation to see it through to the end. Sometimes that's a good thing. I would have quit marching band in college had I not felt the pull of obligation to complete my first season and eventually all four. I would have missed out on a lot of amazing experiences had I quit.
But I have the same problem with books. I might hate something, but I can't just let it go and not finish. What if it gets good? It's even worse when the book is part of a series. What if to truly appreciate the first book, I need to read the whole series?
I recently stated that I didn't like the beginning of The Casual Vacancy (though I think now that I'm familiar with the characters, I would love it), and pushed through because I love Rowling. I DESPISED (and still do) the beginnings of both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but then went on to love the books as a whole. I always think of these books when I'm reading a book that bores me to tears.
But now I'm wondering if and when there's an appropriate time to stop reading a book. Thoughts?