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Discussion: When You Lose Interest Halfway

I've been reading The Aeronaut's Windlass, Book 1 of the new Cinder Spires series by Jim Butcher. It's a monster of a book at 630 pages, but when I started, those pages flew by. Now...

The beginning of the book grabbed me. The characters and setting intrigued me. I was excited to see what kind of trouble Gwendolyn, Grimm, Bridget and Rowl got into next. The action builds, the world expands--there's an air battle, a duel and WAR! And then...bluh. I know it can't be rising action all the time, but this valley is dragging on a little too long, and I'm kind of, well, losing interest.

I'm barely halfway through the book, so I know there have to be great things ahead, but I find myself in a bit of a dilemma--to continue or cut my losses?

To be fair, I think I'd have more patience with the slower parts of a book like this were I not busy and distracted with other things. (Like the internship and recent foray into #booksfortrade. That second one took a lot more time and energy than expected. And the first one required baking brownies.)

Still, is it worth it to drag myself through another however many pages until the action picks up (and not lose the time already invested in the book)? Or should I just DNF it, call it a day and maybe come back to it when I'm in the mood? (Although, let's face it, that almost never happens.)

What do you do when you're losing interest halfway through a book, but you're sure you'll enjoy it again if you can just make it through the next chapter or three?


  1. What I usually do (don't tell anyone) is read the last chapter or two to see if it gets really good again. If not then I DNF. (I'm actually planning to talk about it in Part 3 of my current discussion series.)

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    1. Haha, I do that too occasionally! But once I know the end, good or bad, I don't feel much of a need to see exactly how it got there, so it's like an automatic DNF. Is that strange? ^^;