Do Bad Books Piss You Off? | Fun Questions

January 12, 2017 Fun Questions 24

Fun Questions LogoJoin me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Do Bad Books Piss You Off?

Not too long ago I finished a book – I can’t honestly remember what it was anymore – and it had been just good enough that I didn’t DNF it. But it wasn’t a good book. It was a 2 star read. And I have to say, I was pissed.

I have hundreds of books sitting on my shelves, in my Kindle, and on my audio apps to read and I had just wasted time on a 2 star read. When I vented to my brother about the book, he was like “some books disappoint. Read another one.” How very logical of him.

Am I over the top to be angry that I wasted my time on a 2 star book? I get even angrier when it’s an author I’ve come to expect good things from. Because then I was more likely to push on, thinking, “but it’s so-and-so. It has to get better.”

Since this last time getting angry, I’m finding that I’m DNFing books more easily. I just don’t feel motivated to hope a book will get better anymore. If you’re not good in that first 20% you’re probably not going to be that great. Right? Or am I being too extreme?

Do bad books piss you off?

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24 Responses to “Do Bad Books Piss You Off? | Fun Questions”

  1. La La in the Library

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I get especially angry when it is a high profile book that everyone is giving 4-5 stars, or as you mentioned a book by a previously favorite author. For books that aren’t review books I dnf after three chapters. I had a Written Expression teacher who said if you are reading a book in a genre you like and it hasn’t grabbed you by the end of the third chapter, they gave failed. For some reason this has stayed with me. Review books I give a little more grace, usually 30-40% depending on the length of the book. I always view it as time I could have spent reading a good book. Ha ha. 🙂

  2. Sophia Rose

    I think I get more mad at myself for finishing a book that’s only going to be a two star at most and was a time-waster when I have better ones I should be reading. But yes, short answer, I’ve been mad about a barely okay book. I’m getting good at DNF-ing when I’m not feeling it though so hopefully less anger will happen. 🙂

  3. Jen Twimom

    It’s not very often that I read or listen to a book that is SOOOO bad that I get pissed off. I will DNF, but it’s rare. What does put me over the edge is when I get crap from a favorite author or something really awful happens in a romance (no HEA). Then I’m pissed b/c I feel like I was lied to – given misinformation. Then I can choose not to read/listen to that series any longer! 😉
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    • Berls

      Such a good point – it’s hard to let go of series for me – even harder than DNFing, but I’m realizing that I just need to “let it go!” LOL!

    • Berls

      Yes! I think that’s what I mean by being pissed off – I’m trying to displace my anger at myself on the book, but really it’s that I didn’t have the cajones to DNF! This is the year for me, I know it! I’ve reached my breaking point!

  4. Paula

    I don’t get pissed. I’m just disappointed that I wasted time onabad book when I could have been reading an awesome one. I also feel sorry for the author. I’m sure they are unhappy when a book doesn’t meet people’s expectations.

    • Berls

      Oh I know! I’m CERTAIN that I’ve kept reading books before because I like the author and feel really guilty for not liking it. That’s why I try really hard to never be mean in a review and just point out why I don’t like something – who knows, maybe what I didn’t like someone else will love. Books are so subjective, after all. But man, I hate when I waste my time on a book that barely hits that 2 star mark 🙁

  5. Greg

    Yes!! Bad books are… bad!! Ha ha okay seriously though I don’t know if they piss me off per se, but I will DNF that bad boy so fast if it’s dragging lol. I mean I do give em a chance and I don’t DNF often, but if I’m a significant ways in and it’s not working- yup it goes. And I kinda have to, because I’m not real motivated to rad a book I’m not into- and that just means the TBR train slows down!

    Having said that though I just finihsed a book that was sort of long awaited and it was a complete disappointment. I’d say 2 stars MAX! I’m not really pissed but kinda I am because yeah I wasted time on it. So it happens… 🙂
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    • Berls

      LOL see those are the worst! When you’re excited and then… MAJOR LETDOWN! But I think I’m about to become a much faster DNFer – not that I want to DNF books but when I don’t want to read on, that’s a sign not that it might get better but that I’m DONE! Maybe I can cut out all the 2 stars I’ve been reading!

    • Berls

      LOL I think I’m officially joining you in DNF world. I’m just so sick of 2 star meh books. I’ve DNF’d two books this year already 🙁

  6. Angie F.

    I totally thought this said “Do bad BOYS piss you off?” and I was about to be like YEAH SOMETIMES! LoL

    But, for your real question, no. I’m with your brother on the just read another one. Sure it kind of sucks to be disappointed by a book, especially when you could have been reading an awesome one instead. But for me, it’s no big deal. Just move right along.
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    • Berls

      LOL okay yeah, maybe I need to do THAT post sometime too 😛

      I think I’ve just come to realization that I need to DNF more frequently. A book doesn’t have to be horrible to DNF it – it just has to be not good enough to keep going or to really truly care.

  7. kimbacaffeinate

    It took me over 30 years to learn to DNF a book. I would read to the bitter end hoping beyond hope that somehow, someway it would become good..not anymore. I do know what you mean about 2’s though. Just ok enough to keep reading but nothing you will remember a month from now. I don’t get mad, but it does make me hesitate to read the author again.
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    • Berls

      I think I’m getting DNF happy – not where I want to be, per say – but I’m starting to call those 2s before I finish them. Because if it’s a 2, do I really care about what happens? Not really. I don’t hate it and don’t think it’s BAD, but I’m tired of the time waste. My TBR is way too long to waste it on 2 after 2 after 2.

  8. Lola

    I don’t really get angry when a book isn’t as good as I hoped, but definitely a bit sad and disappointed at time. The worst are those books that do have a good concept or something and I keep hoping they will get better and then they don’t and it just leaves me with this weird disappointed feeling.

    But I actually have been lucky to be in this weird reading mood lately, where I want to read everything and quite easily get sucked into books too. So I mostly read 3 and 4 stars recently.

    But I do understand the feeling of wasting time on a bad book, as we all have limited time and if you spent it reading a book you don’t enjoy, it’s just sad as you could’ve been reading a good book. On the other hand you can never know 100% for sure and sometimes books do get better.
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    • Berls

      Those really are the worst because you keep going, when maybe you would have DNF’d if it was more obviously hopeless. I think that’s where I’m changing. I’m holding out less hope because I’m tired of being burned. Meh isn’t good enough when there’s so many good books out there! No more wasting time on mediocre! 🙂

  9. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    At first I was like, “No!” and then I was like, “Well… yeah, sometimes.” Lol. Except for me it’s not so much that I’m pissed about the wasted time, it’s more like I’m pissed at the other reviewers for not warning me about any of the things that were wrong with it or at the author for just writing something so problematic or that didn’t make sense. I guess all the anger is kind of ridiculous since opinions on books are subjective, but I only get pissed about specific books that have, like, more objective reasons to be angry about. Like, if it’s just completely sexist and the female characters make me ashamed to even be of the same gender as them. Or characters are TSTL and nothing they do makes any sense. Or things are confusing or inconsistent, like one book I read that gave one explanation for the start of the zombie apoc in one chapter and then a completely different explanation in another chapter??? Things that I don’t understand how NO ONE ELSE noticed. Rant over lol.
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    • Berls

      LOL! Oh yes, when it’s not at all subjective and the issues with the book are glaring… so frustrating!! I don’t think I’m mad at the author or even reviewers, because – like you said, books are so subjective. I think I’m mad at myself for not seeing that, for me, it’s a bad book and wasting my time. I’m too hopeful and push on when I REALLY shouldn’t.

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