Books you wish you'd never bothered to finish?

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FuntimeFuschia Tue 04-Sep-12 22:46:07

Hello, hope its ok me posting on here, I very rarely post. Had a chat with a friend today which has made me think - have you ever finished a book and then thought what a phenomenal waste of my time that was? I recently read 'The Haunting of James Hastings', which I wanted to bin about halfway through, but persevered and regretted it.

I read a lot, many different genres and have never actually thought anything I read was a waste of time before this book. I would be very interested to hear what books anyone actually resents giving the time to and if anyone can tell me what the hell actually happened at the end of the above mentioned novel I'd be very grateful

rubyslippers Tue 04-Sep-12 22:47:41

Fifty shades trilogy

I skipped 50% of the final book too

puffylovett Tue 04-Sep-12 22:50:16

50 shades.

Oh no, hang on - I didn't bother finishing it grin

FuntimeFuschia Tue 04-Sep-12 22:52:00

Ah, I started skipping the sex scenes in Fifty Shades by the second book, got through the rest pretty quickly after that!

This will probably be unpopular but..... Sophies choice. I really detested that book.

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro. WTF was that all about then?!

Fifty shades of shite

Girl with the dragon tattoo

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Tue 04-Sep-12 23:14:53

Cecilia. An enormous tome of a classic that goes on and on and on about the same thing. Dire.

The Europeans. To sum it up:
- Promising start involving rich young aristocrats and a possible love story.
- Nothing much happens.
- Nothing much continues to happen.
- For the grand finale, nothing happens.

I bought The American in case I had got a duff one and Henry James really was a genius. Nope, went exactly the same way. Yawn.

alto1 Tue 04-Sep-12 23:15:54

When I was about 18 I read Ivanhoe. I still thought you had to give a book a chance and if you started you should finish.

I used to promise myself that the next time someone swore by God's eyes I could go to bed.

What a waste of time - after that I allowed myself to give up on books that were real no-hopers.

FuntimeFuschia Tue 04-Sep-12 23:16:42

I have a feeling I might have actually started The Unconsoled and then gave up...is it something to do with a bloke in a hotel then things go a bit bonkers? It will have been many years ago...

readyforno2 Tue 04-Sep-12 23:19:07

Fifty shades trilogy - complete waste of time
Room - the most boring book ever.

Yes, it's totally surreal. Basically like one of those dreams where you're trying to get somewhere and can't - total head fuck and mind-numbingly tedious. WHY did I read it all? Because I was trying to impress my boyfriend at the time, who's actually a total idiot so even more of a waste of time

Happybunny12 Tue 04-Sep-12 23:25:14

Da Vinci Code. I whined for the whole second half about how poor the writing was but finished it as have a thing about finishing books I've started. Read last page, said 'well that was crap'and put it down. Why?! I knew it would be from a few chapters in!

The twilight saga.

Salmon fishing in the yemen

the memory keepers daughter

worldcitizen Tue 04-Sep-12 23:25:47

Brick Lane

and the film was even worst.

worldcitizen Tue 04-Sep-12 23:27:09

worse I mean grin

tethersend Tue 04-Sep-12 23:27:33

The Slap.

I'll never get the time spent reading it back, and that makes me ANGRY.

RagingDull Tue 04-Sep-12 23:27:34

the suspicions of mr whicher.....the most boring book i have ever waded through....how i managed to finish it ive no idea.

worldcitizen Tue 04-Sep-12 23:30:07

tether I think I watched the series. Was it Australian?

Twilight! the first three I stuck with them in the hope that they would improve. They didnt! Awful, awful books.

mama01 Tue 04-Sep-12 23:34:52

The Life of Pi - never finished
One by Paulo Coelho - can't remember the name

flibbergibbet Tue 04-Sep-12 23:37:53

Fifty shades book one and two. What a pile of poop! I've given up now as I just couldn't face reading such utter crap a third time.

mummybookworm Tue 04-Sep-12 23:38:20

Sister by Rosamund Lupton. Utter rubbish. And the Da Vinci Code - dreadful

SailorVie Tue 04-Sep-12 23:41:23

SlightlySuperiorPeasant do you mean Cecilia or Clarissa? I remember Clarissa as an enormous tome in which nothing much happens grin

tethersend Tue 04-Sep-12 23:41:45

yy, worldcitizen, was Australian.

The series was bad, but not as dire as the book- they managed to inject a bit of life into it and made you care slightly about whether the characters lived or died.

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