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Circle_Something
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 4:07:11 PM

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I can't, no matter how many times, or how hard I try, finish Bram Stoker's Dracula. It always gives me weird dreams, not exactly nightmares, but just weird to the point where I wake up confused and swearing. Yes, swearing, because I'm confused.

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Louise
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 4:17:49 PM

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All the time, if I find it hard going and don't like the writing and am not into it, I'll abandon a book. If it's badly written or I hate the lead character/protaganist because they are unbelieveable or annoying the 'cr@p' out of me then I'll abandon a book. If a book is not labled as a Christian type book and I buy it and have to read through pages of 'Christian' beliefs ,then I'll abandon it.

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DirtyMartini
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 4:46:56 PM

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I've been unable to finish a book because I was someplace and it was borrowed, or some reason like that...

But, when I start reading something, I sort of have to finish it if possible...maybe I should put that in the OCD thread...

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Noraj
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 10:14:38 PM

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yes I could not make it past the first chapter in Lord of the Rings.

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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 8:45:44 AM

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Yep. My latest abandoned book was, '50 Shades of Grey'. Prior to that, it was something by, Dan Brown. Life's too short and there are too many entertaining books to waste time on one that's boring.

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clum
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 9:17:36 AM

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I have tried (and failed) on three separate occasions to finish Heart of Darkness but it's like there's just this mental block. I can't put my finger on what it is but I always get to the point that I just cannot pick it up again.

That said, each time I've tried I've gotten a little further through it. Maybe if I keep going I'll eventually finish. I don't know if it's worth it though...
gypsy
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 10:52:00 AM

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Yes, I have been unable to continue reading many books, and do not feel in the least apologetic about it.

Mind you, I have never drifted off to sleep while reading a book or story - yes, that is true - but have been told by someone here at SS that he fell asleep while reading one of my stories but he tried, unconvincingly, to convince me that it was NOT my story that was responsible but that he was 'tired'.

Yeah, whatever... just sayin'...

It was thoughtless, unnecessary and felt like a slap in the face.

Personally if I were to tell an author I was unable to read his or her story, I would certainly not say I fell asleep but would offer a considerate, if brief, analysis.



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DLizze
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 11:38:09 AM

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I have never made it all the way through anything by either James Fenimore Cooper or Leo Tolstoy. And, no, I am not the least bit apologetic. I believe literature is like graphic art: I don't know if it's "good"; I only know what I like.
And my estimation of what is "good" is sometimes at odds with literary pundits.

"Any book not worth reading twice was not worth reading the first time." Oscar Wilde
Tempy
Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:56:51 PM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Yep. My latest abandoned book was, '50 Shades of Grey'


I also abandoned this book after a few pages of reading.

The only other book I have abandoned is the final Harry Potter book as the pacing in that slowed down too much for me to be able to keep reading.
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:57:08 PM

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Tempy, it's obvious you will have a long and glorious run here at SS. Anyone who quotes me on their third post is a most commendable keeper. ;)

But seriously (sort of) welcome to Stories Space.

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Tempy
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:11:53 PM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Tempy, it's obvious you will have a long and glorious run here at SS. Anyone who quotes me on their third post is a most commendable keeper. ;)

But seriously (sort of) welcome to Stories Space.

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Why thank you ^^
Rebellious_Soul
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:42:41 PM

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There was one it had bothered me some much and the characters annoyed me I had to skim through the end just so I could write the book report for class.

Because I can,
because I want to,
And because who are you to tell me otherwise?
fallingdove
Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 11:20:19 PM

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Sadly, I hardly ever finish a book. I can't read any faster than I can talk. If I don't form the words physically with my mouth they make no sense to me. I get alot out of what I read, and enjoy reading, and read aloud beautifully, and love audiobooks....but regular reading, is slow going. I have to really love a book to finish it.
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Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 2:37:19 AM

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I don't think I've ever started reading anything I couldn't finish. Even if I am bored, I will still trudge through it to see how it all turns out. I think the only book I've never finished was '50 Shades of Grey', I was bored after 4 or 5 pages and since I already knew how it ends, there was no point in trudging through it. Haven't even bothered to open the other two in the series, doubt they are much better than the first.

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Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 5:39:27 PM

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fallingdove wrote:
Sadly, I hardly ever finish a book. I can't read any faster than I can talk. If I don't form the words physically with my mouth they make no sense to me.


Oh, I'm exactly the same way btw...I read at the same speed whether I'm reading to myself or saying the words out loud, so it takes me about 5 minutes per 1k words or so to read something...

So...if someone submits a 10k story here, it would take me almost an hour to read it...

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Ididntdoit
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:40:52 PM

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I struggled through Beautiful Creatures, and then I started on the second book for some reason and I just couldn't finish it. I tried reading Beautiful Darkness twice. It was just too slow and boring for my tastes. There have been some books that I had to stop reading because they were too slow, but then a while later I'd try again and get really into it.
HK4167
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:01:56 PM

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Many times...very often I grab a new release book from library just for fun, randomly read few chapters, decide it's not my taste then return.
Starfallfantasy
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:25:49 PM

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If you are having trouble finishing a book try audio version. It can be easy to become background noise and you can easily miss finer details but all in all it can work for if you wanna listen and go for a walk or just lounging around doing whatever. :)
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Many times. Sometimes I start a hefty tome and realize that I just don't have the time for a hefty tome. Sometimes I find the book just doesn't do anything for me (Da Vinci Code). Sometimes another, more interesting book comes along and lures me away.


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peterm306
Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:57:43 AM

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Noraj wrote:
yes I could not make it past the first chapter in Lord of the Rings.


I couldn't either. And I can't make it past the first ten minutes of the movie either.
RoseWritingUniverses
Posted: Saturday, December 6, 2014 9:05:41 AM

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I've ordered a couple of books before because they really sound interesting, but then I just become exasperated with the way they're written. If I can't finish a book, then often times I can't look at it or I'll feel guilty. Also, I think there's only been one or two series that I've been able to finish.
paulus
Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 5:30:20 AM

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There have been a few books I didn't finish. If a book fails to capture me in the first chapters, I'll abandon it. But when it does, I'll keep on reading till the end.

If life seems jolly rotten
there's something you've forgotten
and that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing

from Monty Python's "Life of Brian"
azuma
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 3:22:59 AM

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I think everyone has a phase when they cannot read. Lately, i've been trying to read but, I just can't. There was a time when i couldn't keep a book down until it was finished. But now, it seems like everything's wrong with books and me. Only if someone can relate to this! I'm still trying.
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It's very rare, but I have ran into a few books that were so awful or poorly written that I just could not bare to finish it--even the idea of not knowing the ending did not bother me.

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NymphWriter
Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 11:22:12 PM

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The only book I never finished, but skimmed was Catcher in the Rye. Save your praise. I don't like this book. I hate it worse than Heart of Darkness & that I did finish in college.

Nexeus
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Yes I could not finish the third hunger games book. I just resigned myself to watching the movies. Got really tired of being in katniss'. Cannot stand the wishy washy annoying person she is so I got through book one and two and started three but couldn't finish it.
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I tried to read 50 shades of grey but couldn't get pass the first few pages.
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I could never finish the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I tried a few times but kept getting all the characters mixed up.

The same for any Jane Austen novel.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:20:05 PM

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gillianleeza wrote:
I could never finish the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I tried a few times but kept getting all the characters mixed up.

The same for any Jane Austen novel.


I’m right there with you for Lord of the Rings, I can’t read them at all. I like Jane Austen though.

I tried re-reading Jane Eyre recently because my daughter’s reading it at school (like I did many years ago) but I couldn’t plough through it. When did Jane Eyre become such hard work? I must be getting old... :(

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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:44:27 PM

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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
gillianleeza wrote:
I could never finish the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I tried a few times but kept getting all the characters mixed up.

The same for any Jane Austen novel.


I’m right there with you for Lord of the Rings, I can’t read them at all. I like Jane Austen though.

I tried re-reading Jane Eyre recently because my daughter’s reading it at school (like I did many years ago) but I couldn’t plough through it. When did Jane Eyre become such hard work? I must be getting old... :(


Have to say... I have read Lord of the Rings from cover(s) to cover(s), both as a single paperback and as a hardback trilogy, many times. I love it and once started, I can't put it down. The characters are so well defined that I feel as though I got to know them all.

As an aside, I thought the films were all the poorer for omitting the characters of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry

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