(Before I get into the meat of this blog post, I have to say that I am currently in The Coffee Shop Across The Street on my Mac. It's our first field trip out together. Connecting to WIFI and such was easy-peasy! I couldn't be more happier with my decision to get a Mac instead of a PC.)
I was thinking yesterday about books that I haven't been able to finish (whether I didn't like them or for other reasons). I could only think of one: Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. I'm not sure what the deal with this book was/is. I had to read it for 11th grade English (we did mostly reading that year, was my favorite English year), and it was the only book I didn't like/couldn't finish. I don't remember anything about it, to tell you the truth. I asked around on Twitter what books people weren't able to finish and got the following titles:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Which I loved, but admit took me a while to get into.)
Watership Down by Richard Adams (Made me remember I tried to read this in 7th grade and couldn't either.)
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (It's #5 in the Outlander series. Heard okay things about this series, but haven't read it yet.)
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Took me FOR-EV-ER to get into this. Then made me remember I couldn't finish Eldest, the second in the series.)
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (I own, but haven't tried to read it yet.)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Haven't read)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (I LOVED THIS BOOK!)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Had to read in High School, honestly don't remember much.)
So my list has now grown to three books: Farewell to Arms, Watership Down, and Eldest. What books have you not been able to finish? What didn't you like about them? Do you think you could go back and re-read them? I think Watership Down was a little over my head at the time I tried to read it. Not sure about Farewell to Arms or Eldest.
Edited to add:
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Read The Hobbit and loved it. I've tried multiple times to read Fellowship of the Ring.
Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (Not sure what I didn't like. I think it just felt too dated for me?)
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