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cmay1298 cmay1298 3 years

I just love this article and the comments :) I laughed about the names
thing for Tolstoy... I said exactly the same thing about Dostoyevsky ...
sorry, Russians... maybe they should not only have books translated,
but also replace the names with English ones? (kidding)

I have
actually finished a bunch of books on this list, but a lot of them, like
On The Road, were very very boring to me too, so I can't blame people
who didn't waste their time on them. And some of them already sound so
insufferable that I know I would never start them (like Eat Pray Love)

I wish goodreads had an option you can select for "didn't finish and never will".

Some of the books that have been in my "currently reading" limbo on goodreads are:

Naked Lunch - every sentence makes me cringe. I may not finish this
book, but on a good note: I will also never ever ever do intravenous drugs!

Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic
Frontier . Started this because my boyfriend loves it... I am hoping
to finish it one day, but it's just... soo detailed.

- Only Revolutions by Mark Danielewski. The weird format is super hard to get into. It was a gift though and I'm afraid one day I'll have to read it.

Lindsay-Miller Lindsay-Miller 4 years
I really wish I was better about abandoning books that are bad or simply not compelling. I always feel required to finish what I start...and life is too short!
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 4 years
I finished reading the Casual Vacancy. For some reason, I didn't really like it but I wanted to find out what happened. But I was close to abandoning it. Not sure how I feel about this decision. I agree with @Susi May: Catch-22, on the other hand, is amazing. One of the hardest books to get into but once you get into it, very funny and rewarding.
awayaway awayaway 4 years
This made me laugh; "Eat, Pray, Love" is the ONLY book I've ever not finished. I could not stand her or get on her side at all. Bleh.
aas0323 aas0323 4 years
I can force myself to finish almost anything.. but WHO in the world would put down the Outlander books before they were finished?! I found my whole life revolving around when I could read more!!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
That's hilarious! Hahaha. Especially Eat Pray Love. Ugh. I couldn't finish Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, although I really wanted to like it and had heard good things about it. Maybe I would have liked it when it came out in the 60s, but I just could not get over the idiotic protagonists and the misogyny. I returned it to the library half read and don't plan to finish it any time soon.
Susi-May Susi-May 6 years
A few of my favorite books are on this list. I loved Catch 22, the first 50 pages were rough but once you get into it, the book is great. Also, I think I am the only person the didn't know the ending of Anna Karenina before I finished it. I was shocked. Also, really enjoyed Life of Pi. Now, The Brothers Karamazov, this one I couldn't finish.
whats-her-name whats-her-name 6 years
Maybe I'm just one for drudgy books or something, but i was fascinated by Wicked, loved The Lovely Bones, and I really liked ( SOME Not all) of Shakespeare's work. Maybe I'll go back to my nerdy corner now...
atripp atripp 7 years
I absolutely cannot start a book and not finish it. Sometimes it's a blessing, other times I would say it's a curse. :) But of the 14 books I've read on this list, I would say definitely give Wicked, Atonement, Catch-22, Twilight, Life of Pi, Anna Karenina, and The Lovely Bones another shot... haha I'm not the pickiest read, I'm an English teacher, but you are really missing out on some good books. Wicked took me a long time to get through, but after I finished, I was really happy I stuck it out. Atonement is hard to read, but well-written... Catch-22 is just a classic, and it's pretty hysterical if you pick up on some of the running commentary hidden within it. Twilight is good, the other 3 books in the series are terrible. But I would say finish Twilight. Life of Pi is one of my all-time favorite books... the ending... makes your mouth just drop. It comes out of nowhere and kicks you in the gut. It is brilliant! Anna Karenina means a lot more if you read it in your twenties or later... but reading it as a teenager is killer. And The Lovely Bones is VERY hard to read, probably more so if you have kids, but it is a good book. I also LOVE Wuthering Heights, the psychology of the characters is simply brilliant and I definitely do not believe in the conspiracy theory behind Heathcliff ;)
zuke zuke 7 years
Another book that I couldn't finish was Citizen Girl by the authors of the Nanny Diaries. It was awful, I wish I never would have picked it up.
Miss-Bree Miss-Bree 7 years
Love Love Love the Lovely Bones. Horribly depressing though. I picked it up in an airport before a long flight and the flight attendant asked me if I was okay, because I was bawling so much! Don't bother with Almost Moon (her latest). It's terrible. I've been trying to read the complete Bronte series for a while now, and I can't ever seem to get through it. That, and Steinbeck. I know he's a classic and all, but ugh, I can't stand Steinbeck.
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
Oh my gosh THANK YOU. I don't like not finishing a book, and the only four books I just could not finish are on this list!! Label: Don't bother.
Datura2112 Datura2112 7 years
The Lovely Bones is one of my all time favorite books. I didn't ruin it by watching the film. If you thought The Hobbit was bad don't even try the long winded The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. I loved The Hobbit though. I could never get through Dragonriders Of Pern. I have made it to page 5 numerous times then I am done. I have owned the book for over 20 years and still can't do it.
Lawrah Lawrah 7 years
I couldn't finish Lovely Bones. I got through the first three chapters. The first two were so vivid in their description of Susie being kidnapped, I couldn't bring myself to continue reading.
ymama ymama 7 years
Great Book?
kea718 kea718 7 years
To the people who didn't like certain books that were originally written in a different language and translated into English, I would say try reading it once more but with a different translation. Sometimes the person translating the book just does a poor job and doesn't do the book justice. Look on Amazon and other book sites and see which translation people like and dislike.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
I would suggest giving Tolkien another try. His writing style is old-fashioned, but once you read a chapter or two I feel like you can become immersed in the world. Plus he was, simply put, a genius and there are so many layers to everything he wrote.
lockandkey lockandkey 7 years
Definitely try Wicked again. Great Book.
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