[UPDATE: Wordsmithed the rule to read better and corrected a spelling mistake. I seriously need to get a proofreader.]
A couple of months ago, I asked Do You Know When to Stop Reading? After that post, I thought I did. But I might have benefited from knowing The 100-Page Rule one month later when I was midway through Blindsight before I finally gave it up. I just wasn’t getting into it and I’m not entirely sure why. It has been getting very positive reviews everywhere I see it mentioned.
Halfway through a book is probably the longest I’ve lasted through an unfinished book. I’m not sure 100 pages is enough to determine likability. It really depends on the book’s size. I seem to remember Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn trilogy taking a while to get started as he took the time to spin up all the different story threads. Maybe a Percentage Rule would be better. Hmm…The 33% Rule sounds about right. For a 300-page book you get your 100-page acid test.
Officially stated, then:
The 33% Rule: If the first one-third of a book is not good, stop reading it.