As much as you wish this is not true, you can’t make yourself like every single book you read. In fact, if you do, then we have a little problem; You are probably not going out of your comfort zone, which is how you become a better reader. I think this is impossible though, because even when you try to avoid reading different kinds of materials, you will still stumble upon one or two book that you can’t get into no matter what.
I’d like to share a fable that I came across recently (by the way don’t let this stop you from reading it because just like all books there are also people who are madly in love with it). It is called The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne. No clue about the plot is revealed on the book jacket except that the nine-year-old protagonist will arrive at a fence which you would never want to encounter. All I am going to say is that this fable takes place in the midst of a historical event :). It said that knowing about the plot before reading this would spoil it, although by the 30th page or so you can already figure out what the historical event is. You know more than the characters. Oftentimes, you will find yourself knowing what happens next already, but here’s the catch: It is told through the eyes of a nine-year-old, which provides a unique and innocent view on this subject. However, the thing that made me want to give up on this book is the way the author tries to portray a child’s innocence. Being innocent does not mean being unobservant. If he was of a younger age then it’s understandable, but I really don’t think a nine-year-old would have no idea whatsoever about what’s going on around him. When I compare him with the children in other books, it really made me wonder if Boyne is trying to make children look like…well, idiots.
But I finished the book anyways. I told myself I must keep reading till the last page, and when you find yourself reading a book you don’t like, I suggest you to do the same too. Here’s why:
You might like the book later on. When I got to the end, I actually thought the book was quite alright. The author left a lot of things unsaid at the end which made me think for a while, and I always appreciate books that make me think. Just because a book has a terrible beginning does not mean it doesn’t have a great end. Sometimes, it indeed doesn’t have both, but maybe when you think about it afterwards, you might start to change your mind.
Other people can’t say your opinions are biased because you’ve only read the beginning. Read the book and figure out why it’s bad, so that either you will prove your view right, or they’ll convince you that the book is really a good book actually :D.
Learn to make lemonades. Treat it as an experience for you to learn what makes a book not work. A lot of times you will be forced to read a book you don’t like, so practice finding something you like in every book (yes this is something you can get better at by practicing). If you keep on thinking the book is bad, then it’s going to be bad.