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Oct. 7th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm Silmarillion
This cursed book is totally throwing me off track for 50 books this year. I seem to only be able to manage about 10 pages a day before I go completely cross-eyed. I am now more than halfway through, but despite my stubbornness, my BIL keeps trying to convince me that it doesn't get any better and I should just give up. I'm not quite there yet, although this isn't the best reading I've ever done.

I know I won't get a badge or medal at the end, but I really, really cannot leave a book unread. And I prefer to think that is because I am an optimist, and not because I'm nuts.
Who does she think she is?
iRead
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From:purplesquirrel
Date:October 8th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
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I'd love to get a digital version of this book and change all the names to simple ones like "Bob," "Doug" and "Iowa." It was all those damn names and aliases that kept snarling my brain when I read the book.
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From:neeroc
Date:October 9th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
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That is a great idea. It is driving me nuts that they have 2 and three names for everything. I thought I had trouble with the Russian -ovich names in The Idiot!
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From:aussieteddie
Date:October 8th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
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I can't say I have read the book, but if your struggling with it I don't even think I will try ;)
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From:neeroc
Date:October 9th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
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It really isn't a fun book. The Hobbit is a fun book.
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From:lovepeace137
Date:October 10th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
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Reminds me of my best friend. She went on a 2 month cruise and, even though she hated it, she insisted on suffering through War and Peace just to get it finished. Her dad finally threatened to throw the book overboard if she didn't start enjoying herself.

You are both nuts. :)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 12th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)

Life is too short for books you don't enjoy

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I had similar experience trying to read Moby Dick (was in a classics phase). Patti referred to it as "The Dick". I got about halfway through and gads it was painful, each page felt like a painful victory. Not sure how it became a classic, I guess our expectations have changed.

I too hate to not finish a book, but in the end I gave up on it because it was feeling more of a chore than a pleasure. My advice: life is short, if you're not enjoying it, move on, because there's a world of books out there you'd like better.

KevinM
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