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Hm. Rarely as a conscious decision... Legolas Send a noteboard - 31/03/2012 01:45:52 PM
The books that spring to mind are Dr Zhivago and The Book of Dave and I fully intend to finish them at some point...I think I just slowed down with them and then stopped while I read something else, and just didn't pick them up again.

This I've done with dozens and dozens of books - technically I'm still reading Anna Karenina, but I think it's been a year and a half or so since I last opened it, so when I feel up for it I'll just restart from the beginning. That one I own, but mostly this happens with library books, and at some point I just bring them back, and maybe give it another shot later. Like many other people, I started and gave up on Steven Erikson's Gardens of the Moon - twice even, I think - but then tried again, got through it and liked it enough to read the awesome next two books, and the rest of the series.

And it's not even necessarily that I dislike those books, usually I'm just not particularly gripped by them. Or I do love them, but find them too exhausting - Thomas Pynchon's books Mason & Dixon and Against the Day fall in that category. Still want to read them, especially the former, but they're books that are very hard to read at more than twenty pages a time, and after a while I just gave up.
Have you ever started and stopped reading a book because you disliked it so much? Or do you make yourself finish all books you read? Or maybe you just haven't happened upon a book that you had this kind of reaction to - I don't recommend it.

I don't really remember having given up on books in disgust, no... but yeah, loads of books that I haven't finished.
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Have you ever stopped reading a book because you really don't like it? - 31/03/2012 10:47:46 AM 1388 Views
There have been plenty. - 31/03/2012 01:40:56 PM 1184 Views
Well when you put it like that - 04/04/2012 08:45:14 AM 1156 Views
Hm. Rarely as a conscious decision... - 31/03/2012 01:45:52 PM 991 Views
Re: Hm. Rarely as a conscious decision... - 04/04/2012 08:49:56 AM 1264 Views
Yup. GRRM's stuff *NM* - 31/03/2012 02:53:47 PM 508 Views
Me too. I tried twice. - 31/03/2012 04:18:50 PM 1182 Views
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As a conscious decision, only Moby Dick - 31/03/2012 09:57:11 PM 999 Views
yes. mostly when i was in high school... couldn't read erikson, i got to p100 and still didn't care - 01/04/2012 06:49:45 AM 1026 Views
Page 1? That is impressive. *NM* - 01/04/2012 11:26:09 PM 430 Views
You can laugh all you want Legolas, but I agree - 02/04/2012 06:42:36 PM 997 Views
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Of course! All the time! - 02/04/2012 11:28:58 PM 1055 Views
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Definitely try- give yourself permission to stop/quit. - 11/04/2012 08:47:07 PM 947 Views
All the fucking time. - 10/04/2012 04:28:13 AM 999 Views
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I know right? - 16/04/2012 04:53:19 AM 1090 Views
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