Why Stop Reading a Book?

Post courtesy of Richie Billing

Richie Billing

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What makes us grimace and put down a book, never to pick it up again? What annoys us so much we stick it in the corner of a shelf to gather dust for years before at last deciding to donate it to the charity shop? I decided to do a bit of research.

I wrote to book reviewers and undertook polls on a number of Facebook groups: AmWritingFantasy (693 members), Fantasy Writers Support Group (5,447 members), The Phoenix Quill (846 members), and Writing Bad (8,000 members). The results are pretty…

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