What am I deciding? I'll tell you. I have received 10 books in the mail in the last three days and I've made an important decision. I am no longer going to torture myself by trying to finish a book that I'm not all that thrilled with just so I can say I reviewed that book. Why? Because half the time when I force myself to finish a story I end up not wanting to post a review anyway. A negative review can hurt the author and I do try to promote Christian fiction because I believe in it. If I still liked the book a lot but just noted some flaws, then I will continue to mention them, but I am NOT finishing dull books anymore just to end up tossing them to the side anyway.
Part of my reasoning here is I spent the day at a book fair and while sitting around I picked up a paranormal thriller - gasp, I know - and I set it down only to keep on picking it up again. Then I did what I NEVER do. I actually bought the book. I couldn't stand it anymore. I had to find out what happened. Just like with Deborah M. Piccurelli's book In the Midst of Deceit, I picked it up to peek at chapter one and then I couldn't put it down without thinking about--obsessing over--the story. From now on that is going to have to be a prerequisite for me. The book has to draw me...a lot.
SO there you have it. I ought to be able to plow through my to-be-read pile much faster now. :) And the fun thing is that unless you read my blog daily you may not notice which books drop off my "what I'm reading" list. So if you pay close attention you may figure it out. If not... Oh, well. I simply don't have the luxury of pressing on with a so-so book anymore. If it doesn't grab my interest sufficiently by chapters 3-5 or has a sagging (yawn) middle, it's getting set off to the side from this day forward. I'm putting my foot down! Comments anyone?