Halfway through a book--you give up reading, shake your fist at it, and vow to never glance at another page.
Halfway through a book--you can't stop reading, and find yourself saying things like, "Just one more page..."
What is it? What determines the outcome of that walk across the tightrope? Are you going to jump off halfway through, or will you run full-speed to get to the other side?
Why did you jump off? Had you grown bored? Was it not your genre? Did you want to take the heroine to a shrink?
Or were you sitting on the couch with your legs curled up under you, eyeing the shadows before diving back into the thrill?
How many times do we see 5-star reviews and 1-star reviews for the same book? It could be that Sybil and her multiple personalities had reviewed it. It could be that the plot was about horse racing and the reader's husband had just recently spent too much money at the track. It could be that the heroine used indigo paint in her bedroom and you love the color.
Not every novel will connect with every reader, that much is inevitable. But have you ever read a book that multiple readers have labeled with bad reviews, and yet you find it was one of the best books you've engaged in this year? Is there something wrong with you? Are you more liberal than others?
Every time we walk that tightrope, we never know if we'll make it to the other side or jump off to the net below. But gosh, there is no force on Earth that stops us from trying again!