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Name One Book You Have Tried to Finish Reading

  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 5 years ago

    I have tried to finish THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO but could not because of its extreme horrific theme.   However, I hope to get the courage to finish the book one day.    Any book that you have attempted to finish?

    1. daleamy profile image72
      daleamyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Persuasion by Jane Austen. I've read most of her other works and love them, but for some reason, every time I start this one, I get distracted and can't seem to finish it.

  2. Max Dalton profile image81
    Max Daltonposted 5 years ago

    The Snowball. It's the biography of Warren Buffett. I love stocks and finance and all of that other stuff, but about halfway through you start to realize that his life just isn't terribly exciting, lol.

  3. Randy Godwin profile image94
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    The Never Ending Story  smile

    1. RedElf profile image85
      RedElfposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      cool

      I never did manage to make it all the way to the end of Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" - dos Passos' "Manhattan Transfer" stalled me in the first three pages.

      1. wonderingwoolley profile image59
        wonderingwoolleyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        What didn't you like about Sister Carrie? It's sitting on my bookshelf, but I haven't picked it up yet...think it is worth it?

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          Motown2Chitownposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I personally haven't read Sister Carrie, but I do like Dreiser. An American Tragedy was very well done...so I'd chance Sister Carrie.

    2. Randy Godwin profile image94
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I was joking, of course!  smile

  4. barryrutherford profile image31
    barryrutherfordposted 5 years ago

    'This is How'  by M J Hyland  almost factual account of a serial killer

  5. emichael profile image82
    emichaelposted 5 years ago

    Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth. Good book and interesting topic, but it was so big and drug on in parts.

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      Motown2Chitownposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, I thought it was WONDERFUL!!  It was long, though...but worth it!

      smile

      1. emichael profile image82
        emichaelposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I really did enjoy what I read of it. I think the problem was that I was in my senior year of college and in the midst of biochem and shakespeare finals smile
        Not a recipe for success.
        I'll have to give it another try.

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          Motown2Chitownposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Starz made it into a seven or eight part series....it was SO well done! smile

          1. emichael profile image82
            emichaelposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah I saw that. I was apprehensive about the idea, but I'll have to check it out. I wonder if it's on netflix......

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              Motown2Chitownposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Was the last time I checked...worth every single minute, I promise.

  6. sasanqua profile image89
    sasanquaposted 5 years ago

    Wuthering Heights. Every time I try to read it I get tired and fall asleep, which is sad coz it's meant to be such a great book!

    1. emichael profile image82
      emichaelposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I haven't gotten to that one yet, But I'm the same way when it comes to classic literature. I usually have to balance it with something a little more accessible otherwise I'll more than likely give up. For example, right now I'm reading Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky alongside Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card.

  7. Just For Fun profile image86
    Just For Funposted 5 years ago

    "Reclaiming History" Vincent Bugliosi 1647 pages. Great book but very small print yikes

  8. horrez profile image60
    horrezposted 5 years ago

    The bible...

  9. horrez profile image60
    horrezposted 5 years ago

    The bible.

  10. Aspects of Life profile image59
    Aspects of Lifeposted 5 years ago

    I have tried to finish The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe. It is described as a gothic novel, but I find it so long winded. I think you could cut out half the pages with no disruption to the story. Every couple of years I pick it up and carry on from where I left off. I have been reading it for about 15 years now (I am serious) and I am about half way through.

    1. emichael profile image82
      emichaelposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      That is commitment!

  11. Steele Fields profile image78
    Steele Fieldsposted 5 years ago

    Portait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce.

    1. bloggernotjogger profile image59
      bloggernotjoggerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco.
      Great book, but I was reading it when my daughter was in the hospital and I was waiting to see if she would be ok. When she was released, I couldnĀ“t bring myself to continue reading it. I do plan to get back to it someday.

    2. PDXBuys profile image83
      PDXBuysposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I once attempted Ulysses by James Joyce.  A futile attempt...

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    Motown2Chitownposted 5 years ago

    "The Kindly Ones" by Jonathan Littell.

    It's the fictional memoir of a Nazi officer.  A third of the way through I found myself sinking into depression verging on despair.  Written beautifully...too much so.

  13. EmpressFelicity profile image83
    EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago

    Anything by Charles Dickens, except David Copperfield.

  14. Dale Nelson profile image26
    Dale Nelsonposted 5 years ago

    Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.

    Just to difficult to remember whats going on every time I pick it up to read some more.

  15. LisaKoski profile image90
    LisaKoskiposted 5 years ago

    I tried reading Atlas Shrugged bu Ayn Rand but couldn't get past 100 pages before giving up completely after a couple months.

  16. typeface profile image59
    typefaceposted 5 years ago

    Vanity Fair is one that always get me! I have tried to read it so many times but I always get so distracted by other things!! Oh dear...The FRUSTRATION! tongue

  17. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    Lisey's Story by Stephen King, the ONLY book of his I have ever struggled with. Just couldn't get into the whole 'bool' this and 'bool' that in the early part of the book. Got about 25% through it, put it down (about 4 years ago now) and never picked it up again. Shame, because he is my favourite author.

  18. PDXBuys profile image83
    PDXBuysposted 5 years ago

    Principia Mathematica by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell.  I couldn't understand the first sentence.  Nor could I understand any sentence which followed.  The book was written in English (I think).

  19. Smokes Angel profile image75
    Smokes Angelposted 5 years ago

    I honestly can't think of a book that I didn't read cover to cover.  I love to read.  I try to avoid Satanic books and occult books however.

  20. rbe0 profile image62
    rbe0posted 5 years ago

    I tried reading book of mormon yesterday. I failed on the third sentence.

  21. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    I have a set of books which are not available to the general public, so I cannot divulge the names of the books, but I have been reading them for several years now. wink

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    madmilkerposted 5 years ago

    See Spot Run.!!

  23. ThoughtSandwiches profile image85
    ThoughtSandwichesposted 5 years ago

    Cags...Is that a fancy way of saying "purloined Library books"?  If so...I feel ya...

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Nope.

  24. Storytellersrus profile image85
    Storytellersrusposted 5 years ago

    Sadly, I have a stack of books beside my bedstand that I "intend to finish" but can't seem to pick up:  The Lady and The Monk by Pico Iyer; Breathless in Bombay by Murzban F. Shroff; and I did finish Brooklyn by Colm Toibin but can't for the life of me think why I wasted my time!!!  I am reading Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and can't put it down.

  25. iskra1916 profile image60
    iskra1916posted 5 years ago

    War and Peace but I don't think I am alone in not finishing that particular epic..

 
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