WildandLee wrote:Thanks all.
I think I will push on a bit further. The book I'm actually reading is called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I now have a love/hate relationship with it. I want to find out what happens next but am impatient and frustrated with it. The next book I read will be one of those I can't put down. I'm looking for another series I can be obsessed with. Loved the Hunger Games, liked most of the Hush Hush series as well. Can anyone suggest any can't-put-down novels?
If I have a lot of time involved in reading a book and develop the "love-hate relationship" you speak of, I may skip 20 or 30 pages to see if I miss anything important to me. Usually I don't but that probably means I really don't care enough. Sometimes books start of wonderfully then just get dull, don't keep to the initial few chapters, or the writing or character development is lacking. I don't typically finish a book I don't like and don't think that I'll learn anything from the agony of reaching the end because I've read enough bad books in my life to know that time spent isn't worth it.
Your reading preference will change with your age too. I used to love "the great romance" but now they make me ill. Now I like more of a psychological mystery or book that makes me think about life and people.
As far as recommending reading you have to find the types of books that resonate with you or that reflect your questions at the moment. Read the books that when you're finished, you think about the characters for days. And if you want to re-read that book, go ahead.