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?
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.
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.
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?
'This is How' by M J Hyland almost factual account of a serial killer
Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth. Good book and interesting topic, but it was so big and drug on in parts.
Oh, I thought it was WONDERFUL!! It was long, though...but worth it!
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
Not a recipe for success.
I'll have to give it another try.
Starz made it into a seven or eight part series....it was SO well done!
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!
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.
"Reclaiming History" Vincent Bugliosi 1647 pages. Great book but very small print
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.
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 couldn´t bring myself to continue reading it. I do plan to get back to it someday.
I once attempted Ulysses by James Joyce. A futile attempt...
"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.
Anything by Charles Dickens, except David Copperfield.
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.
I tried reading Atlas Shrugged bu Ayn Rand but couldn't get past 100 pages before giving up completely after a couple months.
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!
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.
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).
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.
I tried reading book of mormon yesterday. I failed on the third sentence.
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.
Cags...Is that a fancy way of saying "purloined Library books"? If so...I feel ya...
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.
War and Peace but I don't think I am alone in not finishing that particular epic..
by giselle2323 10 years ago
What is your definition of a great book?
by Jackie Nation 6 years ago
How do you decide if you just read a GREAT BOOK?How do you grade a book you have just read? What criterion do you use to decide whether or not to recommend it to a friend?
by Charlu 8 years ago
Has anyone tried to eat according to the Eat Right 4 Your Type book or diet?I started reading this book a few days ago and am amazed at how much sense it makes. I was just wondering if anyone had tried to eat that way and what results they had if they did?
by jaydawg808 8 years ago
Do you continue to read a book even if you don't like it?Or do you just abandon it and start a new book?
by Tim Mitchell 7 years ago
Do you read every fiction book you begin?Or, only those that come alive with the imagination?Or, only those that can be read in one sitting / day?Or, . . . ?
by marinealways24 11 years ago
What takes a book going from good to great? What makes a book horrible?
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