Has there ever been a book that you’ve tried to read, but couldn’t? So you put it down, and then maybe days, months or even years later you come back to it and try again. Some how though, you still can’t finish it!

This is me with Charles Dickens Great Expectations. I first started on the 14th March, 2001 and have since made two attempts to finish the book. Each attempt got me further through the book, but still not even half way.

Someone told me a long time ago, that I would have to slog through the first eighty pages until it gets good. I kept asking myself “Why must I torture myself for the first eighty pages, does the author really need said pages?” Yeah, well I clearly never got far enough into it to find out if it ever gets good. So it sits there on my bookshelf mocking me- telling me that I simply couldn’t do what millions have achieved with relative ease.

Part of me doesn’t care that I haven’t finished it. There’s a small part that wants to complete it – but can’t quite make myself open the book. So until then, Mr. Dickens and I shall remain mere acquaintances.

What’s a book you’ve finished? Do you want to finish it?


Jess’ favourite genre is contemporary women’s fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women’s fiction/romance set in a small country town.