One rule to rule them all?

Okay, time for an admission. I’m not the most patient of guys when it comes to reading books, particularly those that are picked up on impulse at airport bookstores / bookfairs or discount sales by bookstores.  Authors I like, I can read their books cover to cover.  Those that get picked up based on referrals, heresay etc., I seem to plod through them.

So is there a rule that should tell you whether to finish a book or dump it?

Over at, I came across this interesting but slightly dated post by Nancy titled ‘The Rule of 50’ :

If you’re fifty years old or younger, give every book about fifty pages before you decide to commit yourself to reading it, or give it up. If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100. The result is the number of pages you should read before deciding.

This is quite an interesting perspective to this issue, isn’t it?

What do you feel?


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