There are many books I’ve started reading and never finished. I’m a big believer in the idea that life is too short to read bad books. Plus, I’m lazy and easily distracted which means books get put to one side and picked up again and put to one side and forgotten many times. Sometimes I do eventually pick them up again and keep going from where I was and others I restart from the beginning and even more others I just… don’t bother with any more.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is one I’ve gotten a fair way through twice but abandoned it without finishing. Once a year or two ago and then I tried it again back in January this year and didn’t finish it then either.
I’m undecided about that because I liked it when I was reading it – enjoyed is probably too far because it’s heavy going in terms of subject (and if not for the fact I was reading a kindle copy in terms of actual weight too I imagine). But at the same time, back when I was reading it earlier this year I put it aside to read a book I was very excited about and had a review copy of. And in that book one of the characters uses the ending of Anna Karenina for an example of something she’s talking about. Now I know the ending I’m not sure I’ll bother to read it.
Emma by Jane Austen is another. Perhaps because I’ve seen a couple of versions of it (people wanting to go see them with an Emma gets you invited). But I’ve read the book at least twice and both times not gotten to the ending. I like Jane Austen a lot though so I’m very tempted to try it again.