Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Question of the Day

Shamelessly nicked from Melissa:

What is the last book you tried to read but just couldn’t finish?

For me, it was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  I could barely make it through the movie version, either.

12 barks and woofs on “Question of the Day

  1. I had heard great things about that book, but it started off so slowly, I almost didn’t keep going either, but I’m so glad I did. Once it picked up, it was terrific.

    The movie was disappointing, though,

  2. Not very good writing, but a helluva story. I’ve read all three volumes.

    I have markers in a half-dozen books showing that by god, I’ll get through them. But maybe not since I feel I may be running out of interest. And still the new books arrive.

    I’m now finishing the huge biography of Winston Churchill and feel I deserve a laurel wreath. In the first place it’s too heavy to lift and I get MEGO reading about the clashes between Winston and Franklin. But the run-up to D-Day is riveting. I’m only 300 pages to the end and it’s downhill from here on.

  3. That’s funny because I gave up on the Dragon Tattoo series – I couldn’t even make it through the first volume. Another disappointment, and I’ve gone blank on the exact name, was the Sedaris book with the animals in the title.

  4. Game of Thrones. The body count – especially beginning so quickly – coupled with the writing style, kept me out of the book – and on HBO instead. I hear that’s a common response.

  5. I have been trying to get through “Call Her Miss Ross” man this is a massive tome; really heavy lifting. I read when I or Russ go to the doctor or hospital and we have to wait. Also, I stated before I couldn’t get through “The Vantage Point” by LBJ;once we got to Vietnam, I just couldn’t go on. Also, thanks to FC about the new Churchill book; I’m going out to the mall and see about getting a copy.

  6. The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner. I had never read any Faulkner (even though I have an English degree!) and thought I ought to. I got about halfway through and decided I just did not care about this story or the characters, or Faulkner’s writing style.

  7. Too many to count. I admit easily a third of books I start I don’t finish. Guess they are all too long 🙂

    • And I think you and I and a number of family members have mild ADD which may account for the meh response to books started and left unfinished. It takes a lot to keep us in our seats.

  8. Something by an Indian writer about the efforts to find the perfect groom for a daughter not really nuts about marrying at all. It was approximately as long as “War and Peace” and I hated it so much I don’t even recall the title OR author. Seems like the word “perfect” was in the title…

    I loved the Dragon Tattoo novels, liked the Swedish films….much less the American version.

  9. Like Faithful, I always have several books around with page markers…paper napkins, the tear off part of a NetFlix envelope, credit card bills, etc. A couple of months ago I found that I had started five books, and figured I just HAD to cut down on that crap. To my credit, three of them were “How to’s”, so I don’t think they really count. Just finished James Ellroy, “American Tabloid” recently, just out of sheer spite. Love Ellory, hated “…Tabloid”, but I made myself finish the damn thing.

Comments are closed.