Check out a book bundle at your library
The Great Summer Read crowd (1412 challenges logged so far!) have been taking home some very mysterious bundles -- names like "She walks in beauty", "What I did last summer" and "Expect the unexpected" stick out -- along with the less obscure but certainly even more enticing to some, "Dystopias","Thrillers", and "For the girls".
The key to this challenge is: don't think you have to read everything in the bundle. It's about discovery. You'll discover some you like, and some that aren't for you. That's fine!
How far along do you have to read before you know that a book isn't even going to become something for you?
I'm always hearing people tell with perverse pride about how dogged they are about finishing a book, but I've never seen it as a virtue. More admirable to toss it and move on to something better, I say. Does anyone ever talk about a fabulous meal where the first three courses were unappetizing? On the other hand, there can be some hiccups as you get into a book and it can still turn out to be a thrilling read.
Try the astute rule devised by Nancy Pearl, the American librarian diva, model for the Shushing Librarian action figure and author of the bestselling Book lust, which goes:
You only need to read as many pages as the number you get by subtracting your age from 100, to know for sure if a book is worth continuing.
Basically, by the time you're 99, you'll just need to read the first page.