Abandoned Books

I am usually reluctant to not finish a book, but as my time becomes more precious, there are some I just don't get involved in. I'm interested to see what others give up on and why. I don't know if there is a way to add comments and people can tell us when we should give it another try, but that would be great also.
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1,346 books · 1,464 voters · list created July 30th, 2008 by Andrea (votes) .
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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa To anyone who has abandoned Jane Eyre:
Try pushing through those slow chapters - it's really worth it as you get closer to the end.


message 2: by Orli (new)

Orli It makes me sad that the Life of Pi is on here... the first few chapters are slow but it gets really great, i promise!

& Wicked, YES. I tried and tried with that book and i just couldnt do it. I gave up like 50 pages in.


message 3: by Antoine (new)

Antoine I take no pride in not having finished any of the books I added. It's just the way things worked out.


message 4: by Carly (new)

Carly I don't like to leave a book abandoned. I do have a few that I'm yet to finish but I do get around to them... eventually.

I've found a lot of the hardest books for me to finish are those I can't relate to, or those that are written so terribly that I'm not quite sure why I started them in the first place.

I think the book that sat "abandoned" for the longest before being finished for me was Stephen King's "Insomnia" which took a few months to read! I haven't exactly pinpointed the reason why but it was some combination of the length of wandering around and the much older age of the characters.


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie I loved "She's Come Undone" :(


message 6: by Keegan (new)

Keegan Bucy I don't like abandoning books either but I recently gave up on The Life and Times of Pancho Villa due to its glacial pace.


message 7: by Keegan (new)

Keegan Bucy Well, I decided to pick up where I left off in The Story of the Stone.


message 8: by Eve (new)

Eve I hate abandoning books before I've finished reading them, but I'd rather spend that time reading something that captures my attention. I'm still reading Wicked, but I can see why a lot of people gave up on it.


message 9: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lyons Julie wrote: "I loved "She's Come Undone" :("

Me too it's great!


message 10: by Derya (last edited Jul 20, 2010 01:36PM) (new)

Derya Sometimes I tend to abandon great books, as rapidly as the awful ones. I guess, it's mainly because of time, place and "mood".


message 11: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Some books I gave up on, like Ulysses, are just unreadable, but others, like House of Sand and Fog were well written, but I knew bad things were going to happen, and I just didn't want to read about them.


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Glad to see I am not alone on Anna Karennia. I really wanted to finish it.


message 13: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Many comments have been deleted from this list, and the mass deletions have happened more than once.


message 14: by Xenophon (last edited May 31, 2010 12:02AM) (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Are you sure they don't automatically renumber?

I was automatically signed up to follow this thread when I commented upon it some time ago. I then received an email notifying me that someone had posted in it. When I followed the link to read the message, I noticed that my message was gone.

That got me curious, so I started paying attention to make sure I wasn't imagining things. The number of comments grew, and then it suddenly shrunk.

Unless I am delusional, it appears to me that someone has been vandalizing the comments for this list.


message 15: by Alienne (new)

Alienne I abandoned Eragon about halfway through...I just disliked it, I suppose.
Aw man, I love Life of Pi!


message 16: by Foxontherun (new)

Foxontherun a LOT of these books I really disliked--so I guess we have similar taste. The only sad one on there is Lolita.


message 17: by LauraJean (new)

LauraJean Orli wrote: "It makes me sad that the Life of Pi is on here... the first few chapters are slow but it gets really great, i promise!

& Wicked, YES. I tried and tried with that book and i just couldnt do it. I g..."


Haha, yeah, I picked up "Life of Pi" off my teacher's bookshelf the day I forgot my book and started at the beginning and was bored so I flipped to the middle-yes I'm one of those ppl who reads random chapters in the middle of books to see if they're worth reading- and found it to be rather amusing. Now it's on my to-read list.


message 18: by Hana (new)

Hana Price there are some seriously kick ass books here- granted, many should have been put down and also they really do need to be personally interesting to you (your own list matched mine in many ways), but seriously give some of these another go.

kite-runner
catcher in the rye - love this book to pieces.
million little pieces - absolutely over rated, but still a good read.
god of the small things.


message 19: by Britt (new)

Britt I never finish the book "Hush, hush" because after reading a few chapters I already hated the main character, her best friend, and her love interest.
WASTE OF TIME!


message 20: by E (new)

E To whoever abandoned A Prayer for Owen Meany:
All the little questions are answered in the last chapter. Irving starts off slow the the story really does gain momentum.


message 21: by Sara (last edited Sep 11, 2010 01:05PM) (new)

Sara Shakouri I am one of the unfortunate people who can't abandon books, even if they are pure crap. But there have been many I considered to abandon them at one point: Life of Pi, The Secret History, The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and The Shipping News were too boring, The Lost Symbol was absolutely rotten, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge and Me and Platero were too slow, though turned out to be enthralling at some moments and Reading Lolita at Tehran was just... bad.


message 22: by Carly (new)

Carly Most of the books i voted for, i did actually read. It usually just takes me a very very long time to read them, but hardly ever do i abandon a book.


Semper Ubi Sub Ubi haha, good move giving up on The Secret. i, too, have so far given up on Les Miserables but am willing to go back to it in a non-high school setting.


message 24: by Jen (new)

Jen I can't believe how many books I have abandoned! I think I abandoned even more than I marked - but couldn't remember and am kind of obsessive about not lying. HA! But I guess that's how it goes. Also interesting that some of my favorites are on here - that goes to show - you have to try it yourself!


message 25: by ~ Lihllith ~ (last edited Mar 30, 2011 11:09AM) (new)

~ Lihllith ~ I'm not surprised that other people felt the same as I did about Wicked. I made it through that book but fell short when reading Son of the Witch. Gluten for punishment or keeping up the illusion that it was going to get better. I wish I would have stopped after Wicked.


message 26: by Ben (new)

Ben For the most part, I abandoned these books because they were insufferably dull. I originally listed some of these books on the "Worst Books Ever" but then I realized it wasn't fair to rate them as such, if I never bothered to finish them.

I agree that it sucks to give up on a book... I try to be more selective now as to what I will or will not read.


message 27: by Caro (last edited May 06, 2011 06:54AM) (new)

Caro To anyone who abandoned 100 Years of Solitude:
Please go back to it, maybe the first pages are slow or you get lost, but you should go back to it. the first time I read this book I did it with a piece of paper and pencil in order to draw a family tree, since the names are repeated over and over; but it's so worth it. It's one of my favorites and I read it every two years (I've have read it about 10 times)and every time I open the book it feels like the first time.


message 28: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Okay, so I finally read Wicked, and it got much better for me after the first chapter. But the first time, I just couldn't deal with this dark image of the Oz I remember (which was a little dark to begin with).


message 29: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Interesting how many of these are so well regarded. It just goes to show you, different strokes. Many of the one's people have added to the list are my star books.


message 30: by Debby (last edited Nov 07, 2011 06:14PM) (new)

Debby A Prayer for Owen Meany is really worth another look.A modern classic.I've read it at least twice and am really feeling like starting it again...if I can get it back from my daughter.


message 31: by Ashlee (new)

Ashlee Rachel wrote: "Some books I gave up on, like Ulysses, are just unreadable, but others, like House of Sand and Fog were well written, but I knew bad things were going to happen, and I just didn't want to read abou..."

That is exactly why I didn't finish House of Sand and Fog.


message 32: by Linda (new)

Linda C Darrell wrote: "I hate abandoning books too, but i just gave up on Ysabel by Kay as well as The Little Book by Selden Edwards."

That's too bad about The Little Book. I loved it.


message 33: by Linda (new)

Linda C Sara wrote: "I am one of the unfortunate people who can't abandon books, even if they are pure crap. But there have been many I considered to abandon them at one point: Life of Pi, The Secret History, The Numbe..."

Totally agree about Reading Lolita in Tehran. I could not get through it, try as I might. It was just a bad book. I loved The Secret History though.


message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

This list makes me more confident about reading such books as Atlas Shrugged and Ulysses. Wicked is one of my all time favorite books (besides The Old Man and the Sea)and Life of Pi was great for me. All a matter of opinion, I suppose.


message 35: by Andrea (new)

Andrea FYI: I did not post all of the books here, in fact many are among my favorites. I just assumed you can add books to other peoples lists. I do find it interesting that the same books that are loved by many are also on the abandoned list. I'm never more aware than with books of the vast array of opinions and tastes out there.


message 36: by [deleted user] (new)

Classics are often hated. Sometimes because we are forced to read them. Bestsellers are often hated. Maybe it's because we feel forced to read them to keep up with society? Or maybe it's just statistics: the more people that know about it, the more will either love it or hate it. Weird...


message 37: by Florin (new)

Florin Andrei V wrote: "Classics are often hated. Sometimes because we are forced to read them. Bestsellers are often hated. Maybe it's because we feel forced to read them to keep up with society? Or maybe it's just stati..."

Peter De Vries: "Everyone hates me because I'm so Universally liked" :)


message 38: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. A few of them I was thinking "I loved that book!" I went through the lists and quite a few books I couldn't finish before going on Goodreads were there so I expanded my list a lot.

Great list!


Maurizio (matemati) I 'abandoned' some books without even reading them: just from the reviews, or from other books I'd read by the same author, I knew I wasn't a bit interested in them.
I voted for those too.


message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

Carolyn F. wrote: "A few of them I was thinking "I loved that book!" I went through the lists and quite a few books I couldn't finish before going on Goodreads were there so I expanded my list a lot.

Great list!"


I also love this list as it makes me feel better. Life is too short for boring books.


Maurizio (matemati) ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "I also love this list as it makes me feel better. Life is too short for boring books. "

Amen to that !


message 42: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn I don't blame anyone who abandoned War and frigging Peace. It took me a year to read that book. Not because it was so damn long but because it's probably the most dry book ever written. I basically finished it for the novelty of saying I read a book over 1000 pages. Looking back it was so not worth it.


message 43: by Christy Lee (new)

Christy Lee Orli wrote: "It makes me sad that the Life of Pi is on here... the first few chapters are slow but it gets really great, i promise!

& Wicked, YES. I tried and tried with that book and i just couldnt do it. I g..."


Orli wrote: "It makes me sad that the Life of Pi is on here... the first few chapters are slow but it gets really great, i promise!

& Wicked, YES. I tried and tried with that book and i just couldnt do it. I g..."


I'm w/ you Orli! I'm reading LOP right now and I absolutely love it! It is a little slow starting out but if you tough it out, its waaaayyyyyyyy worth it!!!


message 44: by Jonele (new)

Jonele If you don't consider it "cheating" try your abandoned books on CD. Not only can you do other things while you listen, but sometimes the performers make all the difference in world in making them interesting! There are some REALLY good voice actors out there!!


message 45: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. I've done that Jonele and ended up liking a series more.


message 46: by Andrea (new)

Andrea ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "Jonele wrote: "If you don't consider it "cheating" try your abandoned books on CD. Not only can you do other things while you listen, but sometimes the performers make all the difference in world ..."

I agree, but the reader can make all the difference. The YA readers are usually great, but it's hit or miss with the adult books.


message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

V wrote: "Classics are often hated. Sometimes because we are forced to read them. Bestsellers are often hated. Maybe it's because we feel forced to read them to keep up with society? Or maybe it's just stati..."

I agree and part of it is because we are forced to read them. I rarely hate a best seller unless someone is cramming it down my throat. I never read one to keep up with society but I have read a few so I could answer neverending quiz questions, LOL!


message 48: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Great list -- I abandoned some of the same, but some of my favorites are here too (voted for the my fav's not sure if that was the intention).

Agree with the comment that we sometimes hate classics as they are required, but this summer I re-read Hemingway and still didn't really care for him.


message 49: by Allison (new)

Allison Stark I think every book I've ever given up on was already on this list, which makes me feel a tiny bit less guilty. Also, it would be hilarious to cross-reference this with the "Books Everyone Should Read" list. Most of these are there. (As noted above, the more people tell you that you have to read something, the less appealing it becomes)


message 50: by [deleted user] (new)

Allison wrote: "I think every book I've ever given up on was already on this list, which makes me feel a tiny bit less guilty. Also, it would be hilarious to cross-reference this with the "Books Everyone Should R..."

I sure agree with you. So many have nagged me to read certain books and it makes me feel like I am back in school for some required reading not for pleasure.


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