Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Matter of Taste

The pasta salad that came with my lunch today was seasoned with cilantro. I didn't know that until I started eating. Now, cilantro is one of those seasonings you either love or hate.
I despise cilantro, but I finished the pasta salad anyway, since I was hungry and besides I'd paid for it.

The incident kind of reminds me about books. I  find that if I've paid for a book or perhaps one of my friends wrote it, I'll give it a longer stretch to see if I really don't like it. Also, if I have nothing else to read, I'll keep reading. If I still don't care for it after a while, I'll put it aside and go on to another one or do something else. Library books or ones lent to me are more easily put aside or returned.

What about you? What do you do if you've bought a book and later discover it's not what you'd anticipated? Do keep reading a while, or just give up?


  1. I can't stand cilantro, either! Nothing ruins a good salsa, either.
    If I lose interest in a book, I move on.

  2. I stop reading, and pick up something else. If it's fiction, I'll usually read the first three chapters and then the ending. If it's non-fiction, I'll just stop reading it.

  3. I love Mary Higgins Clark, but as of late I can barely get through her latest books. I think I attempt the three to five chapter investment, if it goes nowhere for me, I just put it aside.


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