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What Book Couldn't You Finish?

Not every book can be a breezy beach read. Even supposedly easy reading can be nearly impossible to finish when you're having a bad day or the book is having a bad shelf life. Only the most determined book lovers persevere through every title they've ever started. So whether it's a heavily footnoted novel or an eye-rolling romance, tell us what tome you simply had to put down.

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Lenay Lenay 6 years
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is currently a very popular read, but a heavy one. I couldn't get past the first chapter. Perhaps I'll try again when I have more time to devote to it. Also, I find many of the classics tedious. "The Scarlet Letter" is painful to try to wade through. In the middle of a very serious scene the author will start describing a bush in minute detail! The years before mass media must have been truly dreadful to consider such literature entertainment.
sarahgibs sarahgibs 6 years
I cannot seem to finish any of the Shopaholic books, I just dont feel sorry at all for the main character and can't get past the first few chapters. I'm reading Out of Africa right now and seem to be forcing myself through the first few chapters but am making myself finish it.
Carri Carri 6 years
Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr. I was so excited to read it but I just don't like her writing style. I read the first chapter or two and returned it for something else.
shoppingqueen4755 shoppingqueen4755 6 years
in high school i had a "friend" publish a book, called Outside The Boundary, i bought and read the whole thing but i was bored out of my mind. still dont know how that got published. for the past 5 years i have been trying to read Holy Blood, Holy Grail but its written for people with PhD's. i would have to devot a solid week to just that book. i dont have the time :/
d4d d4d 6 years
I agree about Wicked, I finished it, but it took like a year, and did not live up to the hype. Anything by Candice Bushnell, I just can't get into it.
whatev88 whatev88 6 years
i couldnt finish the haunting by chuck palahnuik. his other books were great but this one just couldnt stand it.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Re: Shakespeare, I really think it's meant to be studied. If you just read it on your own you will miss out on so much depth and complexity, in fact you'll actually miss out on that even if you see the play. It's not about the plotlines, it's about the poetry and depth of characters, the commentary on the human condition, etc. You at least need a secondary source (I recommend Harold Bloom).
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
On the road. I had to return it to the library, but never bothered to get it again. I told a few people who loved it that I didn't care for it, and they all said something like "You have to be at a certain point in your life when it's the right time to read that". Also, The Idiot. in the beginning, he already introduced so many people with long Russian names that I couldn't tell them apart, and I just could not get into it all.
sweetskier sweetskier 6 years
I couldn't finish Emma by Jane Austen. I loved Pride and Prejudice, but Emma annoyed me to no end. I know she redeems herself at the end, but that's not worth a whole book of wanting to slap a character. Loved Clueless though! hahaha
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
how funny! I don't know anyone who has read any of Tolkien's books who didn't absolutely love them, so I wasn't expecting several people to write about it here. My dad had been trying to get me to read his work from a very early age because he's one of his absolute favorite authors. I despise his writing style and the overwhelming amount of detail, i got through the first book, and halfway into the second and quit reading. It felt more like work and I wasn't enjoying myself, so I quit. I don't quit books very often though, I usually don't start them unless I'm interested right away anymore, and I don't expect every book to be a masterpiece or work of art. I read for pleasure and fun.
rossy rossy 6 years
Same here. I've seen movies & plays of Shakespear & fall asleep! Which in NO WAY detracts from his obvious talent, the fact that his vocabulary was said to be over 40,000 words & he is still remembered today - 394 years after his death!
kea718 kea718 6 years
Glad to see others who couldn't finish Catch-22. I'm reading it now and I WILL get through it, but it's just painful. I heard nothing but rave reviews about it and I can't understand why. There are too many characters and it's so redundant. an example: -What is that? -an egg -What kind of egg? -A hard-boiled egg -What kind of hard-boiled egg? -A fresh hard-boiled egg and that stupid conversation continues for like 2 pages but 10 times more annoying. The whole book is filled with this crap. People always tell me how funny Catch-22 is... Ok, I get the joke, it's just NOT FUNNY!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I've seen multiple Shakespeare plays and I still think he's overrated. Just doesn't do it for me.
coreoftheapple coreoftheapple 6 years
Could not finish Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I couldn't relate to the narrator.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Off the top of my head, the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude" comes to mind. I tried reading it, and it was too dry. Also, I couldn't get through any Tolkien novel either. His storytelling style is dull, in my opinion.
PirateKitty PirateKitty 6 years
Naked Lunch... I like messed up books, but that one was pretty bad even for me.
mlen mlen 6 years
i was just reminded in reading this that i never finished Wicked either haha
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