I mean, really guilty. I feel like I did something criminal when I decide I can't handle a book and toss it to the side or go on a rampage when authors probably makes a living with their writing. It's worse when it's a copy for review – I mean, the author or publisher graciously let me read the book for review and I just give it a really big, grumpy cat style NO.
And why would you use the word "poop" in a review anyways? (I did it for the purposes of immature giggles. Don't mind me.)
However, I still feel guilty and feel really bad – the books I request through Netgalley/Edelweiss (I'm usually quite picky there, but right now I'm a little knee deep and have avoided the sites altogether until I finish most of my current ARCs), borrow from the library or a friend, buy from Amazon (I'm that weirdo who only goes for 99 cents unless you're THAT awesome), or take up for review (lately I have choice words, which is why I might not reply sometimes) obviously captured my attention. It's why I'm interested in the book in the first place – unless you're required reading, but I did like To Kill a Mockingbird. (I've read over 20 banned books!)
Really Boring Writing
I suppose you're now wondering what, precisely, is really boring writing?
Here's my answer: I have no clue. Every reader's taste is different – some tolerate boring better than others, some stop right at the very first boring part and move on to another book. I can really only give you this: when you read so many books, informal and formal becomes instinctual.
JUST STOP BEING CHOPPY AND HAVE SOME CHARACTER. THIS ISN'T AN ESSAY.
Then again... I am minorly entertaining in essays unless it's supposed to be straightforward. My mother thinks my being in newspaper totally helps me write essays. I think it's just blogging, which caused me to be more open on paper. After all, I've been blogging longer than I've been writing for the school newspaper.
Too Formal Writing
One of my early review requests that I accepted wrote in this way. That author had UNNECESSARY information (weight) that didn't pertain to the plot in any way, shape, or form, and the character sounded far too formal for his age and time period (it was time travel). It was excruciating, and I just couldn't handle it after a certain point.
Have I mentioned she's self published? This is why I constantly sing praises about her. (Unfortunately, I can't put her in my school library because it's New Adult and contains mature material. You have been warned. I'm still responsible for Sara Raasch, Victoria Aveyard, and Jennifer Anne Davis being in the school library, though.)
Here's something about me you might want to know about: Contrary to what I say, I have a tiny math gene within my DNA and I can actually math. My mom is the one with the biggest math gene and claims Calculus is very easy – much as I tried to persuade her to teach me Calculus so I could be ahead of the class when school starts, she rejected me. I'll go ahead and admit that Calculus is currently a little easy. Maybe my brain is wired for Calculus and Chemistry but not Algebra and Trig (but wait until Trig comes into play. I'm royally screwed.).
When books have little progress, I start calculating – it can be at any point in the book (because I'm that bored and math seems fun?). If you're looking for six mermaids and found one by half the book, I'm going to start taking guesses at how long it will actually take to find the other five (35-40%). If you're in a competition for survival and the set up and training take up nearly three-quarters of the book, I'm going to start calculating how long the actual competition is going to last (10-15%).
Yes, I know there are restrictions and limitations to your "bestselling" idea – I'm sure you and every author are a little scared in some way or form that a reviewer will point out your idea is a basic formula of another book if you decide to put more action than you actually did. But do you really have to take years?
Have I mentioned I tend to be quite.... accurate?
Lots and Lots of Action
Damsels in Distress
I'm not a big bad wolf, I'll reassure you, but I might as well be one.
I also hate immaturity. It's why I, as a senior, want to march up to some of this year's (I liked the past ones) freshmen and tell them, "Welcome to High School. Grow up and leave your petty drama in the middle school instead of carrying it over. No one really cares about girlfriend A cheating on boyfriend B for boyfriend C. Have I mentioned that studies show men like natural beauty more than make up?"
Hair flip ensues. The whole cheating thing isn't necessarily true, but it's still petty little drama I don't want to hear about. I'm pretty sure that natural beauty fact is true. But if I say that, the person might snobbishly ask if I have a boyfriend. I don't, and I don't intend on dipping my toe in the dating pond. Thank you! (But I'll have you know my photos are natural. :p)
So... let's chat. Do you feel guilty when you don't finish a book? What makes you not finish a book?