I used to feel obliged to finish a book even if I didn't like it, partly to see if it got better but mostly because it just felt wrong to leave them unfinished. These days I have less time for reading so I will usually just stop if I'm not enjoying it. One exception would be that recently I decided to read Stephen King's The Stand and I have been persisting with it even though I don't really like it so far because I'd gotten into a bad habit of never finishing really long books and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I'm not really sure whether this was a good idea.
You can read about my silly project here:
I'm usually good at picking books I like, and used to read a book all the way to the bitter end. Now, I don't have the luxury of a lot of time to read, and reading is a great pleasure for me, so I won't do it if I don't like the book. If I can't get into the story in the first three chapters, it's out on the not to bother with pile. There are just so many books out there that are more worthy of my time.
There's no way I can put a book down without reading it all the way through - not sure why? Maybe worried I am goign to miss out on something just around the corner! Perseverence has usually paid off - it took me 2/3rd of the way through Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) to actually really enjoy it, but am glad I stuck with it! I usually have a few books on the go at once, so if I am struggling will pick up another to give me a breather from that particular author's 'voice'. J
Yes, I certainly do stop reading midway if I don't like the book.
I find some books boring, and because I have a lot I have not read, I don't want to go on reading a boring book -in fact, if it is not interesting in the first few chapters, I generally give up.
I have a 100 page rule that someone somewhere gave me once: take your age, and subtract it from 100. The resulting number is how many pages you should give a book. If you're not enjoying it by then, ditch it and move on because life is too short to read bad books.
If I start a book, I'll always do my bed to finish it, it has to be pretty terrible for me to not give it a proper try. I've been pleasantly surprised by some slow starters but also it's backfired too and I'd ended up wishing I'd given up and not wasted the time.
I do try to carry on with it even if I dont like the story. I usually try to keep a positive attitude with it and hope that the story improves, doesn't always happen unfortunately! I've only ever had one book that I wholeheartedly refused to keep reading and that was The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Even if I don't like a book, I (like quite a few people here) feel obligated to finish reading it. Who knows, it may get better?!
At least then I can say I have read it in it's entirety if someone asks, and I don't feel like I've given up on it.