S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen
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Finishing books

From an article about books least likely to be finished by Britons, comment section:
How can someone NOT finish a book? Surely when you open a book and decide to read it you make a commitment to read it through to the end. I read every day and have NEVER NOT FINISHED A BOOK.

NOTE: Make that 1 is "never finish".

Poll #948498 Finishing books

Do you finish all the books you begin?

Yes.
4(7.7%)
No.
48(92.3%)

How likely are you to finish a fiction book, where 10 is "always finish" and 0 is "never finish"?

Mean: 8.27 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.26
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(1.9%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
4(7.7%)
7
6(11.5%)
8
11(21.2%)
9
27(51.9%)
10
3(5.8%)

How likely are you to finish a non-fiction book, where 10 is "always finish" and 0 is "never finish"?

Mean: 6.88 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.99
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(2.0%)
3
1(2.0%)
4
6(11.8%)
5
4(7.8%)
6
9(17.6%)
7
9(17.6%)
8
9(17.6%)
9
7(13.7%)
10
5(9.8%)

What are some of the most memorable books you have never finished?

For what reason(s) are you most likely not finish a book, assuming you are not someone who always does?

Poor prose.
0(0.0%)
Predictable plot.
0(0.0%)
Boring.
5(10.0%)
Incomprehensible.
0(0.0%)
Someone else's copy/Library copy/Had to return it/Stolen.
0(0.0%)
Still intending to finish, just haven't quite yet....
0(0.0%)
Easily distracted.
0(0.0%)


Edited: Ah, the ineditability of polls. It occurs to me that I am least likely to finish non-fiction, not because it isn't well-written, but because finishing isn't the point. Reading particular sections relevant to what I'm studying is much more likely to be the point. Also, spoilers sometimes kill a book for me - not often, but sometimes. Spoilers are why I haven't finished Life of Pi.
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