A few books I can’t seem to finish

AS A CERTIFIED bookworm, I devour a lot of books. And although I cannot really claim with perfect certainty to have finished every book that I have started to read (no matter how boring it is or how disinterested I turn out to be), I always finish a book somehow owing to my sincere belief that every book has a story to tell. I don’t have any recollection of a book that I have started but failed to finish reading.

Well that may no longer be a very accurate statement.

Just within the past three months I have started reading several books. At least three of them (maybe four) seem to pose a real threat to my conviction to always finish any book that I have started reading. These are…

(1) THE AUDACITY OF HOPE by Barack Obama (e-book)

I’m sorry Mr. President but I am really having great difficulty finishing your book. It’s not you. It’s me. I guess.

Perhaps my timing in reading your book is to blame. If I have started reading it during the whirlwind of your fairytale rise to the presidency of the United States of America, I would have probably finished reading your book in just a few seating.

Note to self: avoid reading books by or about politicians, at least for the time being.

(2) The Autobiography of MALCOLM X (e-book)

As a general rule, I like biographies, especially autobiographies. And the fact that Malcolm X was made into a quite successful feature film should make the book the more interesting.

But this is my first of an African-American, and I am not sure if I will be able to establish some sort of cultural connection. I remain optimistic that I can somehow finish the book, although my optimism is slowly fading.

(3) The Lord of the Rings – Book 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien (e-book)

My apologies to the throngs of Middle Earth worshippers out there but I don’t think I have what it takes to finish this book. I am not even past the prologue part!

I’m completely lost. I have no retention whatsoever on any of the names of characters and places. The best I can manage are the words “hobbits” and “elves” (It is still not clear to me what exactly the elves are, however). The book may well have been written in Chinese!

I guess this case is somehow similar to The Audacity of Hope. A timing issue. A lot of you may actually be wondering what made me decide to read this book at this particular point in time. No particular reason actually.

is there any glimmer of hope that I will eventually finish this book? Hmm… I think I’ll just watch the movies again instead. On DVD. With subtitles preferably.


I’ve also started reading THE 33 STRATEGIES OF WAR by Robert Greene (paperback) in early September, and although I’m progressing very slowly with it, I am actually quite confident that I will eventually finish it sometime somehow. (Relative to the other three books above, my chances of finishing this book is actually still very good.)

Just like the earlier Robert Greene books I’ve read (e.g. 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction), I love the real-life examples and historical snippets in Strategies of War. It’s just that the book is simply very long and being my 3rd Robert Greene book, I’ve sort of grown somewhat tired of Robert Greene’s standard format.

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