What was a book you started but couldn't ever finish for some reason?

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What was a book you started but couldn't ever finish for some reason?

Solar Ray Solar Ray
Maybe the novel was too long... too boring... too disturbing or maybe there was another reason, but what was a book that you started but just couldn't bring yourself to finish?
03/12/2011
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GeekWife GeekWife
War and Peace. No, really. I tried to read it like four times, but since I don't know a lick of French, and half of it is IN French, I was lost. Same with Les Miserables.
03/12/2011
Annemarie Annemarie
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Originally posted by Solar Ray
Maybe the novel was too long... too boring... too disturbing or maybe there was another reason, but what was a book that you started but just couldn't bring yourself to finish?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For some reason, it puts me to sleep. I haven't got past page 20 or so.

Also, I've never finished Dracula. The farthest I've gone is like, within a hundred pages of the end.
03/12/2011
IrishLassie IrishLassie
Bram Stroker's Dracula. Im only half way through and that was painful enough. Im hoping that at some point it is going to get interesting. Im a fairly avid reader so this is a little hard for me not to finish a book.
03/13/2011
RonLee RonLee
"The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon" a 1991 novel by American author Tom Spanbauer. It was one of several favorites of an ex girlfriend, she broke up with me and I just wasn't interested in continuing to read that book anymore.
03/13/2011
Stephanie Marie Stephanie Marie
There was this one book. I can't remember the title. It was super boring, I could never get into it. Usually that doesn't happen.
03/13/2011
Pururin Pururin
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Originally posted by IrishLassie
Bram Stroker's Dracula. Im only half way through and that was painful enough. Im hoping that at some point it is going to get interesting. Im a fairly avid reader so this is a little hard for me not to finish a book.
Dracula was probably the first book I ever encountered that I couldn't finish it. It took me about three tries before I managed to read the whole thing. It was so boring!

Recently it was George Orwell's "1984". I thought it dragged on redundantly and was pretty boring. I was a little disappointed because I'd heard good things about it and I loved "Animal Farm". :[
07/28/2011
Pururin Pururin
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Originally posted by Annemarie
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For some reason, it puts me to sleep. I haven't got past page 20 or so.

Also, I've never finished Dracula. The farthest I've gone is like, within a hundred pages of the end.
My sister tried to get me to read "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", but I already had low expectations of it and had no plan to read it. I don't think I managed to get past page three.
07/28/2011
EJ EJ
I never could finish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo either. Or The Red Tent, even though it got great reviews and people raved about it.
07/28/2011
systematicweasel systematicweasel
Day Watch by Sergey Lukyanenko, I enjoyed the first book the series but I can't seem to finish the second book. Sorta fizzles out on the story it seems, making me not want to bother with the last two books.
07/28/2011
Kinkypixie Kinkypixie
Any of the Twilight stories. I tried to understand the hype surrounding them but I could hardly get a few chapters in.
08/01/2011
Ansley Ansley
I have two I can think of off the top of my head: Wicked and Water for Elephants. I just didn't like them.
08/01/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by Kinkypixie
Any of the Twilight stories. I tried to understand the hype surrounding them but I could hardly get a few chapters in.
I agree soooo much. I got through a few chapters and found it so redundant and poorly written I couldn't go any farther.
08/01/2011
melissa1973 melissa1973
When I was younger I'd read IT by Stephen Kink beginning to end then start over again. I think I read it maybe 4 times back to back.
08/01/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Don Quixote. I have an annotated version, and said annotations just kept on distracting me, kept putting me off, that I don't think I managed to get past page 30.
08/02/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Book four of the Ellie Haskell mystery series by Dorothy Cannell. Her first book "The Thin Woman" was wonderfully written, but it kept getting worse after that when she married the guy and had kids. It takes a special talent to be able to write about married people and families having riveting adventures.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dome" is another that couldn't finish. Could only get through the first chapter - bored to death by all the water metaphors. I did end up MiSTing the first chapter (heckling in the story) once and got a great reaction from my readers.
08/02/2011
Sunshineamine Sunshineamine
Don Quixote for sure I just couldn't do it
08/02/2011
padmeamidala padmeamidala
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Originally posted by Solar Ray
Maybe the novel was too long... too boring... too disturbing or maybe there was another reason, but what was a book that you started but just couldn't bring yourself to finish?
Twilight. I loved the movies but tried to read the book and still haven't finished it.
08/02/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Under the Dome by Stephen King. Too many characters, too much going on. Too many places where it dragged. I simply couldn't finish it.
08/02/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Under the Dome by Stephen King. Too many characters, too much going on. Too many places where it dragged. I simply couldn't finish it.
Did you like Bag of Bones?
08/02/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Ansley
Did you like Bag of Bones?
Yeah, I loved it. A good solid ghost story.
08/02/2011
slynch slynch
Lord of the Rings.

Years ago (10-15 years ago) I started it and couldn't get into it.
08/02/2011
js250 js250
I am not sure the exact title, but it is David Lee Roth's Autobiography. He was too self-conceited and the book just kept dragging on . . and on . . and on . . and on...
08/02/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
crime and punishment. it's very emotionally taxing
08/02/2011
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
House of Leaves. It's mainly the footnotes upon footnotes that make it a little hard to re-focus your brain every time one ends or begins. Thing is, it's deliberately written that way to add to the level of mindscrew, so I can't bring myself to be annoyed with it. I'm currently making another attempt, as I genuinely enjoyed what little I managed the first time, and got at least three goods scares out of it, despite having barely scraped the surface.

I also got halfway through Twilight, and I'll admit to enjoying it despite all its flaws, but I got distracted from it for some reason and I just couldn't overlook those flaws a second time when I made my reattempt. That and I'd realized that the real plot hadn't started by the halfway point, which is just bad.
08/07/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Yeah, I loved it. A good solid ghost story.
Awesome, so did I! I can't believe the flack it got. I'm still waiting on a Rose Madder movie!
08/07/2011
One of Five One of Five
there are a couple of them...

one was the first lord of the rings book- the fellowship of the ring... i get to the same exact place and just cant read it after that. (and i'm a lord of the rings nerd)

the 3rd book in the twilight saga. i got 5 pages into it and took it back to the library...


pride and prejudice.... cant stand it....
Wuthering Heights as well.


Cell.. the Stephen King book.... i get like 10 pages into it and find it so stupid that i feel like i've killed a braincell
08/07/2011
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