So, I feel guilty when I can't finish a book (like the one above). I agonize over how many pages to give it before I finally toss in the towel, so to speak. I find myself thinking, "I'll give it ten more pages then make a decision about abandoning the book." If people I respect have liked the book the decision is even more difficult for me.
Once I decide to give up on a book and move on to another one I feel better and then I realize that the guilt is (mostly) gone once I've made the decision.
How many pages or attempts do you give a book that you aren't enjoying?
If you keep going? What motivates you? A challenge, a free book from a publisher,
a friend's insistence?