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60-Day Book Meme - Day 53

Day 53 - Name a book that you could/would not finish. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?


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Mar. 22nd, 2014 06:12 am (UTC)
I've already mentioned James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I couldn't get past the first couple of pages. It was just that horrid. In fact, much of what I was assigned to read my senior year of high school for my AP English course went unread, though that one was definitely the worst. I've tried to get through Louisa May Alcottt's Little Women a couple of times, but never manage to make it past about the half way mark. I just don't enjoy the story.

Aside from moocows and enjoying the way the bed feels after wetting it (warm then cold)? I'd have to say characters that I don't like or a plot that is uninteresting will make me stop reading a book. I rarely give up on a book these days though. It takes a lot more than it used to now that I'm not a typical pissed-off teenager who doesn't like to be told what to do (or what to read).
Mar. 22nd, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
I read "A Portrait..." through, but I can definitely say I didn't enjoy it. The main character's religious phase was definitely a phase because he went at it the wrong way, and in the end he wasn't much to remember right now *lol*
I did like the whole series that "Little Women" starts, but I so wouldn't want to own it or re-read it now.
Mar. 22nd, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
I may decide to give Little Women one more try. It's been a while since I've attempted it (well over a decade), and maybe... But, never James Joyce. I'm still scarred ;)
Mar. 23rd, 2014 12:44 pm (UTC)
I actually thought "Ulysses" was fun, though it's a hard, contration-needing read... "Finnegan's Wake" is even worse and somewhat impossible to translate to other languages *lol* :)
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
I started reading Little Women as a teen and stopped, and then read it again about a decade later and really enjoyed it. Just... putting that out there. :)
Mar. 22nd, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Most Recent: Shaw - "Orbitsville"; the Queen Elizabeth-figure was when I realised that it was going to be too ridiculous to continue.
Reasons: boredom, knowing how it ends (but only sometimes; it can also encourage), starting to hate something in the story, hating the writing style/attitude(s) in the story, too slow plot, etc. etc.
Mar. 22nd, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I'm fine reading about violence, but this book in particular made me way too squeamish. That, and Bateman's constant babble (which I do understand the point of; he's going on and on about mundane things so he's tuned out and completely ignored when he mentions something horrific, so we're acting like the yuppies who pretend to listen to him) gets extremely tedious to read.

Like I said last post, I prefer the movie, since I don't have to go through the monologues, and be able to witness the brutality without, erm, "the rat scene."

Other books I've quit: Wuthering Heights, Flowers in the Attic, and My Sweet Audrina. I absolutely hated all the characters and wanted them tortured and set on fire, and after reading the spoilers, my opinion on the books hasn't the least bit improved. In the case of the latter two, it just got worse.

Edit: Eragon! That one just bored me. :P

Edited at 2014-03-23 05:20 am (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
So many.

The fourth installment of the WHEEL OF TIME comes to mind. What was it called again? Got about halfway through it. The series was dragging beyond my tolerance level at that point. It felt like it had crossed from fantasy to soap opera, with whiny petty characters, that we had to follow across every inch of the world's map. I like Jordan's writing style but the characters were below respect levels.

For me irritating and/or boring characters are a major turn-off in a book. How else can I get back at the buggers besides closing the book?
Mar. 23rd, 2014 11:18 am (UTC)
The Casual Vacancy I only read part of. I was expecting something so much better from JK Rowling. Pretty much anything boring will mean that I will not finish the book.
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
I didn't finish Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King because the stories started to bore me. I saw the TV program with adaptations of some stories that were really good, but other stories would just drag on.
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