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    Books you never finished reading but felt you should have

    War & Peace - Tolstoy (3/4 of the way)
    Watership Down - Adams (Man, it's about rabbits...maybe I'll try again)

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    The Bible
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    Some of the first ones that come to mind....


    We The Living - Ayn Rand
    The Bible (read most of it though)
    The Sorrows of Young Werther - Van Goeth
    Candide - Voltaire
    Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained - John Milton
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    Same here, haven't finished the bible. I skipped over many of the Psalms except the pretty ones talking about love and sex. I also skipped over most of the letters in the NT because I thought they were horrible. But I generally finish books even if they're terrible just because I can't stand not finishing them.
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    ARGH! I'm 1/3 way through Stephen Donaldson's latest "Final Revanant" and ... it sits on my desk

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    Same here, haven't finished the bible. I skipped over many of the Psalms except the pretty ones talking about love and sex. I also skipped over most of the letters in the NT because I thought they were horrible. But I generally finish books even if they're terrible just because I can't stand not finishing them.
    When I tried (years ago), I managed to make it through the whole NT and about 2/3 of OT.

    I was adamant about not skipping things, so Numbers, Leviticus and early books like that were REALLY HARD to get through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    When I tried (years ago), I managed to make it through the whole NT and about 2/3 of OT.

    I was adamant about not skipping things, so Numbers, Leviticus and early books like that were REALLY HARD to get through.
    Oh I liked the OT--very entertaining, except for some psalms. It's the NT that bored the heck out of me. It's a matter of taste, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    Oh I liked the OT--very entertaining, except for some psalms. It's the NT that bored the heck out of me. It's a matter of taste, I guess.
    Wow...I can't imagine how anybody could find OT interesting and NT boring. You found Leviticus entertaining? Chapters and chapters and chapter ad chapters of laws and rules?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Wow...I can't imagine how anybody could find OT interesting and NT boring. You found Leviticus entertaining? Chapters and chapters and chapter ad chapters of laws and rules?
    The rules were funny

    But another book I should finish reading is Treatise on Harmony by Jean Philippe Rameau...it's important to what I'm doing, but like most treatises from the 1700's, it's a boring read.
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    Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck, bought the Cliff's Notes during senior year high school last quarter. Senior slide. Should've done the right thing.

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    Blink: The book about thinking without thinking - Malcomn Gladwell
    Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
    Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
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    Giolander: There can be only one.
    Giodome: Several impostors enter, only the real one leaves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ka_Jun View Post
    Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck, bought the Cliff's Notes during senior year high school last quarter. Senior slide. Should've done the right thing.
    I did that one as a book on tape with a guy who had the PERFECT voice for the story. That was quite an amazing book!
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    East of Eden - John Steinbeck
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    Giolander: There can be only one.
    Giodome: Several impostors enter, only the real one leaves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I did that one as a book on tape with a guy who had the PERFECT voice for the story. That was quite an amazing book!
    Does that count if it was a book on tape? For me, oral storytelling is almost a lost art. I was telling a friend about another person I know who has a powerful ability to tell a story, the truth is secondary, you listen to hear how it's told. That aside, you finish Grapes of Wrath?

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    You know, if I weren't so anal about finishing books, I probably would never have gotten through anything the Russians wrote. I mean, the books they write are wonderful, but so. long. winded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ka_Jun View Post
    Does that count if it was a book on tape? For me, oral storytelling is almost a lost art. I was telling a friend about another person I know who has a powerful ability to tell a story, the truth is secondary, you listen to hear how it's told. That aside, you finish Grapes of Wrath?
    Touchy question whether it counts or not. I've seen it vehemently argued both ways.

    Personally, I say it's not quite the same as reading it, but you do still have the affect of knowing/experiencing the story. Sometimes you experience it better because the reader can tell it so well, other times you experience it better by reading it yourself. Either way, you experience the story and your imagination makes up the images.

    You don't get the intellectual benefit from hearing it though, IMO. You don't miss the story when listening, but you do miss the intellectual benefit of reading the words.

    Did I finish it? I finished the book on tape - yes. I never attempted to read it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    You know, if I weren't so anal about finishing books, I probably would never have gotten through anything the Russians wrote. I mean, the books they write are wonderful, but so. long. winded.
    You read any Solzhenitsyn? Yeah...like pulling teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ka_Jun View Post
    You read any Solzhenitsyn? Yeah...like pulling teeth.
    I've read the Ivan Denisovich one, which is not so bad, as it's a short novel. Still long-winded as hell though. Haven't read any of his longer other works aside from that one.
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    Ive begun to read One Hundred Years of Solitude at least 5 different times. I still haven't finished it.
    The next time I try, Ill take notes so I don't lose track of all the characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ka_Jun View Post
    You read any Solzhenitsyn? Yeah...like pulling teeth.
    I thought the Gulag Archipelago was a good read (though I have only read the first volume of three).

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    I agreed to read Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon with my brother, but I just couldn't finish it. I got about 600 pages into it and had to stop. I really, really, really, dislike that book. I only feel bad about not finishing it because I agreed to read it along with my brother (he soldiered through to the end though).

    I know Pynchon has his ardent fans, and I'm even willing to accept that I just don't "get it". but I have no urge to ever read another novel by him after Against the Day.
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    Crime and punishment. For the life of me, I just can't finish that book....
    " The love you withhold is the pain you carry, lifetime after lifetime."

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    Quote Originally Posted by lodi781 View Post
    Crime and punishment. For the life of me, I just can't finish that book....
    See! Another vote for the long-winded Russians!
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    Walden, I actually have it right here by my chair. If it were not for BF I would be done with it by now. I also want to read Chesty, which is right behind me on my bookshelf. I think the word tome would describe it.
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    Crime and Punishment is one of my all-time faves. I love Dostoevsky, and I went through a serious Russian Lit. phase in high school and college.

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