Right now I'm reading two books that I hate,
One that I hate so much that I have a little mantra going in my head the whole time I'm reading: "I hate this book, I hate this book..." Normally, I don't hate books (exception)--I might find them less-than-interesting, but "hate" is a pretty strong word.
What to do when you hate a book:
- Stop reading! Different people have different rules of thumb about how long to read a book before they give up on it. My rule is 50 pages, but I almost never give up on books. That's probably because I'm pretty picky about what I read.* I can't stop reading these two because they're both required for class.
- Break your reading up into small bits of time. If you choose this option, try to read at least a chapter per sitting, or you will NEVER get through the thing. Again, I can't use this option because of reading deadlines.
- Reward yourself. Promise yourself an equal amount of good reading for each block of time you spend doing this type of reading.
- Play some good music, loudly.
- Brew coffee.
- See below (photo by Andrewc)
- Use lots of drawings that don't make sense (on the other hand, this does mean less reading per page).
- Make random changes in typography for apparently no meaning (see above).
- Make sure the ideas in one paragraph are completely unrelated to ideas in adjacent paragraphs.
- Present lots of bold assertions with no evidence.
- Use terminology that most people aren't familiar with, just for fun. Make up words.
- Constantly refer the reader to parts of other chapters, both before and after the chapter she is in. This will reinforce your lack of organization for her.
- Write about ideas that others have already written about, only better. If you have original ideas, hide them well.
*except that I'm reading some lists right now, yet another post...