I would enjoy reading a meme about people’s abandoned books. The books that you start but don’t finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So . . . what books have you abandoned and why?
Even if it takes me forever to read them (because work's busy, or I've got other commitments), most of the time I stick with books until the bitter end.
In the last year, though, I gave up on Guns, Germs, and Steel and a blow-by-blow analysis of the battle of Trafalgar. The concept of both books was really fascinating, but they just didn't grab me at all. It was too bad on the Trafalgar book, too, because I was really excited to read it. I guess I'll stick with Patrick O'Brian for my early 19c naval fix. :)
On the fiction side, I will admit that I had high, high hopes for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and I wanted so much to like it. But I gave up 2/3 in because I felt in her desire to make magic seem like a normal part of early 19c life, it ended up too dry, not magical or surprising enough for my taste. That said, though, it could easily have been the mood I was in at the time, so I'll probably give it another try.
Edited to add: I forgot! I gave up on The Kalevala. It was too dense for me. Or maybe I'm too dense for it. ;-)
ETA2: OK, I totally lied. I also put down Gregory Maguire's Wicked about halfway through.