Here's the thing, though: Now that I know how much effort goes into writing a book, I feel like I ought to give an author a second, third and fourth chance. Read all the way through to the end and take what I can from the experience.
Too accomodating? Possibly. It certainly got me thinking about more positive reading experiences, which was so much fun, that, well, here are some of them, (if you're familiar with my Muse Fuel page you'll know I love writing "favourite lists"):
It's all about: the joy, the thrill, the escape. The knowledge gained. The more questions asked. The pounding of your heart, the turning of the page. Time passing unnoticed. The speed-reading as you devour. The slowing down when you don't want to reach the end. The worlds you get to visit. The sigh when dialogue speaks straight to your heart. Lyrical prose. Words blurring on the page just before tears fall. And the feeling when a writer says the thing you've always secretly believed, but thought no one else did!
Then there's the one exquisite and unchanging truth: There will always be a TBR pile!
So what are some of your favourite reading memories?