What's the one book you really want to finish but can't? 📚

Sooooo, I picked up Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari in December but I haven’t been able to finish it. It’s super-interesting but I really struggle with non-fiction and have been super slow with it :sob: Am just wondering, is this just me? Or do other people pick up books they’re super enthusiastic about and then just leave it half-read and unloved?

(TBH I picked it up mostly because it was on Barack Obama’s reading list. I think that man is too cool for school.)

My boyfriend says the same about Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, so I have one other outlier :joy:

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War and Peace! It’s been a curse for years. It’s the names, i can’t remember who is who, I’m constantly flicking back to see when they were mentioned before and who exactly they are :face_with_head_bandage:

One day…

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Oh wow, that’s ambitious. I don’t think I’ll ever attempt it! I couldn’t even do Anna Karenina. (Heck, I couldn’t even watch the BBC adaptation of War & Peace…)

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I’m also 58% through sapiens after initially starting around December time. I think I’ll get back on it and finish it off this week. Agreed, it’s a really interesting book!

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Right? I find myself thinking about it a lot. And then going… “I really should finish that book”

I think it’s more because of the way /style it’s been written in and I think it could have been written a lot simpler. I’d still recommend it as a good book though and it’s been really enlightening!

I agree! Though it’s nothing compared to the law books I used to have to read for my degree. Now that was boring :zzz:


Oh god that book is just the absolute bane of my life. I started it years ago, over time I’ve read about 75% of it and I just can’t for the life of me finish it!

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I bought the book about Trump… I got bored tbh but I wanted to see if there was anything to change my opinion


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When I started the Red Rising series of books, I really couldn’t start the first novel. It didn’t draw me in. Took me a few weeks, but after I knuckled down to get past those first few chapters, it’s one of the best books I’ve read and I finished it in a couple of days and the series in 2 weeks.

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OMG I haven’t even attempted it! Good on you to try it though, salutes

I actually went to see the author in conversation with Armando Iannucci (he did The Thick of It) and he didn’t come across that well, tbh. Fascinating and dark stuff though! (… And I didn’t read the book before I went to the event :see_no_evil:

I used to feel quite guilty about doing this. I came to realise that there is still a lot of value in reading half a book. This is especially true when the authors put all the important stuff in the first half!


Haha! Any great first-half-of-a-book examples?

Have you ever watched 1956 movie with Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda?

The Bible


Can’t say that I have!

Thinking Fast and Slow - I love the premise, and I’ve read the synopses, but it’s SO DRY! Get me a ghost writer… PLEASE?

Does anyone else subscribe to Eric Barker’s emails? He summarises the latest thoughts on various topics, this week is about how to sleep better, I really like it https://www.bakadesuyo.com/2018/04/how-to-sleep-better/?utm_source=“Barking+Up+The+Wrong+Tree”+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7bcfbc007b-sleep_4_15_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_78d4c08a64-7bcfbc007b-57025465

Or like a ghost reader who like reads everything for you and you just get all the info? :joy:

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But that’s Eric! His book is well worth reading https://amzn.to/2GZQV8K

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I have a lot of half-abandoned lit books I had to read because of my degree- I confess to writing a lot of essays in exams on books I’ve just barely skimmed. Jane Eyre is easy to read but so boring to me, I skipped doing English Literature at A Levels because it covered Jane Eyre (as well as books from the Victorian period).

I have recently abandoned Banville’s ‘The Sea’ (Booker winner) and another Booker prize nominee, ‘On Beauty’. One was… self-wankery and convinced of its cleverness and the other was over-descriptive and read like a bad fanfiction. Booker lists usually disappoint so I don’t pay attention to it anymore.