When To Quit Reading A Book

At what point when you’re reading a book and not enjoying it do you call it quits?

When I was younger, I never quit books. Even if I despised them, I kept reading and stuck it through to the bitter end. This was pre-Goodreads days, so I didn’t even get to do any cathartic venting online when I didn’t like something.

After I started working and had limited time to read, I started being more picky about what I read through to the end. Plus, I enjoyed the freedom of not being in school anymore. In school, I had to read a lot of books, many of which I didn’t like. But they were required for class, so not reading them wasn’t really an option. (Unless I wanted a bad grade, which obviously I didn’t.)

Suddenly, after I started working, I realized there were a lot of books I just didn’t want to read. Moreover, I realized it wasn’t a bad thing that I didn’t want to read them. If I started something and just couldn’t get into it, I would dump it.

I still do this. My local library has a fantastic ebook collection and I’ve started many books that I didn’t end up finishing. It’s actually liberating because it means I have more time to read what I want. This doesn’t mean that I don’t force myself to read difficult books. I’m slowly working my way through Jane Austen’s works. I think they’re difficult reads, but I still enjoy reading them.

At least the cover is cool?

No, the type of books I’m talking about quitting are ones like Red Queen. Years ago, everyone was talking about this book. I decided to read it last year—only to put it down in disgust after a few chapters. I just couldn’t get into it. I figured it wasn’t for me.

Earlier this year, one of my coworkers said her sister recommended it to her. My coworker hasn’t read it, but said her sister loved it. I decided to try it again. I made it a bit further than last time, but I still didn’t get very far.

Last week, I saw that the library had the audiobook version of Red Queen available. I’ve been somewhat getting into audiobooks lately, so I thought I’d give this book yet another try. Third time’s the charm, right?

You’ve got to give me some credit: I made it over halfway through this time. I still ended up abandoning this book, though. I just don’t care for it. I think the plot is dumb and the characters are like cardboard. I know it sold well, so obviously I’m missing something here. I guess it’s just not my kind of book. And that’s okay because I will spend time reading books that are my kind of books.

When do you quit reading a book if you don’t like it? Have you read Red Queen? If you have and you liked it, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts. When I look at good reviews of it online, I feel like everyone who wrote a good review read a different book than the one I did!

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The Dark Ages

You guys, the unthinkable has happened: my microwave broke. It’s a GE, so that’s no surprise. A part in the door cracked and the door rattled when I closed it. Then I opened it and closed it and the entire door broke. The glass front part of the door slipped down and the door won’t shut.

The good news is my apartment complex is going to replace it for free. The bad news is they don’t have any in storage, so they’ll have to order one and that’ll take several days to come in.

Sigh. I’m stuck back in the dark ages now, everyone. I have to use my stove or the oven to heat up things. The horror! 😉

The Eclipse! An Update.

Okay, people, I’ve just got to say that the eclipse was a big fat disappointment, at least in my town! It barely even got dark! Actually, it didn’t get dark at all. The sun was noticeably dimmer, so I guess I had my experience of what it would be like to live on a different planet further away from the sun (which is pretty cool, since living on different planets is a common theme in science fiction). But as I said, it wasn’t even dark!

I did get a cool picture of the shadows of leaves as the eclipse was taking place.

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Apparently that crescent shape only happens during an eclipse. I didn’t even realize it at the time—I just thought it looked cool.

And no, I did not look up at the sun. A lot of my coworkers had those eclipse glasses, but, like I said before, I just didn’t trust them. (The glasses, I mean, not my coworkers.) The only way I would look directly at an eclipse is if I had access to a telescope in an astronomy department of a university. I’d trust that to be properly shielded.

Meanwhile, my best friend went to a town that was in the path of the total eclipse. This is what she saw.

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Now that I think about it, it was still a pretty cool experience. Practically everyone working in the part of town where my office is turned out to see it and that was neat.

The Future of Wednesday Music

I haven’t done Wednesday Music in a while. For those who are new here, Wednesday Music is a once-a-week post about a classical music piece. I started the series back in 2015 and have been working on it semi-steadily ever since. Or rather, until earlier this year. To be honest, I haven’t been blogging that much recently, which is another issue altogether. Anyway, I used to write the Wednesday Music posts (almost) every Wednesday, but then I kind of just… stopped.

Rather then feel bad for not posting, I thought I’d ask the readers. Do you think Wednesday Music should continue? Vote in the poll below to tell me your thoughts.

If you answer is no, I’d love to know why. Is once a week too frequent? Should the Wednesday Music become Monthly Music instead? Let me know your thoughts!

Update, August 26: I have closed the poll. By overwhelming consensus, Wednesday Music is here to stay! Thank you to everyone who voted and/or commented.

The Eclipse!

A sunset on Mars… or is that Earth during an eclipse?! (Just kidding, it is Mars. Source.)

I know that everyone, everywhere in America is talking about the solar eclipse tomorrow, but I’m getting pretty excited about it, so I figured I’d add to the fray.

I’ve never seen a solar eclipse and originally I thought that if you weren’t located directly in the its path, you wouldn’t see much. Well, that’s wrong, based on what I read. In fact, Business Insider has this cool map to show the darkness in different areas as compared to other planets in the solar system. If that sounds confusing, just click on the link, as the article explains it. I do wish I were in the path that would have darkness equivalent to Neptune because I wrote a novel that takes place partly on Neptune. (It’s science fiction.) And that would be pretty cool to experience how light it is on Neptune.

I also found a different map on the NASA website that says I’ll be in the path of 90% totality, which I assume means it’ll be pretty dark where I live. I’m pretty sure everyone in the US will see something due to the eclipse. The degree of how much you’ll see depends on how far you are from the path.

I’m working tomorrow, but I’m planning on going outside to see what it looks like out there. And no, I do not plan on looking up at the sun. I don’t have special eclipse glasses and I think I’d be too scared to look anyway!

How about you, readers? Are you doing anything fun for the eclipse?

July 2017 Writing Report

Obligatory writing instrument.

July was a pretty good month for me, writing-wise. I wrote a total of 23,621 words, which is an average of 761 words per day. My novel is coming together pretty well, though I think the first act is going to be too long, which means I’ll have to cut chapters or move some stuff around (or both).

Anyway, my July word count is even better when you consider that only wrote for fifteen days in the month. What helped push it higher were some really high word counts. The highest number of words I wrote in one day was 4,049, which is a lot for me. I hope I can get some high word counts this month, too. I didn’t write during my vacation, so I’ve got some catching up to do! 🙂

I’m Back!

Dear readers, I’m back! I took a vacation during the first week in August—my mom came to visit me and we shopped, went to to the movies, ate, and took pictures of flowers (see below for floral evidence). I went back to work last week, which wasn’t as hard as I expected, but still difficult, and I didn’t know what to blog about.

Black-eyed Susans at a house near where I live.

Anyway, another thing I did during my vacation was set up my mom’s new computer. Her old one—and it was quite old in technology years—decided to fail. I rescued the data before a catastrophic loss could occur and put the data on her new computer. (I couldn’t use Migration Assistant from the old computer because I could not load any applications after logging in to her account. I ended up extracting everything via Recovery Mode. Thank goodness I have a ton of little USB flash drives sitting around.)

Anyway, the new computer is a MacBook Pro, 13-inch, no Touch Bar, with an i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM. It is a thing of beauty, my friends. I was tempted to kidnap (Mac-nap?) it. Unfortunately for me, that definitely wasn’t going to happen! As annoyed as I am that I’ll have to buy a bazillion dongles to connect all of my stuff to my next computer, I couldn’t help but admire the new ones. They’re just so fast. Maybe if you upgrade more frequently, the speed increases are less drastic. My mom’s old computer was a late 2008 MacBook Pro and I’m still rocking a mid-2010 MacBook Pro.

And before you laugh at me, consider this: my current computer cost about $2,000. Since I’ve been using it for this amount of time, that means I’ve paid about $285 a year to use it. Windows computers may be cheaper, but I’d like to see one that actually functions after that amount of time. My Mac spins up its fans like a jet engine any time I try to watch a video online, but it works better after seven years than the average Windows laptop does after two or three. 😉