(This is a somewhat continuation from my other post)
So you may or may not have read Kristi's (The Story Siren) post about the question if she ever posts a negative review. There's a line there that struck me: "I frequently evoke the 100 page rule. If a book doesn’t grab my attention in the first 100 pages, it gets set aside." I know so many bloggers and readers alike who set this standard when it comes to how much time and effort they'll put into reading a book. In some ways I wholeheartedly agree with this limit; there's a reason why if the first so-so pages does not interest me, most likely than naught the book will never interest me after that. But, yes there is a but, it has happen.
Personally, for my reading I never set this limitation if I can. I've come across books that took more than 100 pages to pique my interest. A fairly short, but from the top of my head list includes:
- The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. Took around halfway through the book for me to actually care. (4 stars)
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore. This definitely took more than 100 pages for me to get into! (5 stars)
- The Maze Runner by James Dasher. Around midpoint like The Demon's Lexicon. (4 stars)
- The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare (Ha! This took City of Bones, and half of City of Ashes before I realized why so many people love this series. She's also coming to Philly May 8th at the Free Library if anyone's interested. I'm there so let me know if you're coming! (4 stars)
These are just a couple titles that I loved that probably would not have been given a chance if I set that 100 page limitation. Granted there are times when I wish I had given up on some books because the first several chapters were an accurate way to tell if I'll like the book. Because of my stubbornness this usually means that I post more indifferent and negative reviews than most bloggers, but on occasions I find books that deserves a place on my bookshelf and that is what fuels me to read past those 100 pages.
To the people who sets this guideline, I do not disagree with you. This is just the reason why I do not do it if possible.
P.S. I really had no idea what pictures should accompany this post so I did the whole 'there's hope in the end' or 'a light at the end of the tunnel' motif. Cheesy and cliche, but somewhat fits.