Quitter's Club: Don't be afraid to quit the book in Books Posted January 19, 2016 I hate quitting books because I once I commit to reading something, I like to finish it (plus I cannot handle the book guilt). But the one book that I quit reading and refuse to return to is Anna Karenina. I generally am not a huge fan of Tolstoy, and that book was so infused with everything that I hate about him as a writer -- thinly-veiled author insertion characters, long scenes of peasants tending to crops -- that there was no way I was going to finish it. Give me 1000 pages of Dostoevsky's ponderous philosophy any day. I've been reading this book for years. Literally. I'm stubborn and won't read anything else until I finish it, but I think I started in 2011. The only thing I set it down for was A Dance with Dragons. I'm torturing myself, but I don't read daily like I used to when I was growing up. That changed about ten years ago and I've just never gotten back in the habit, which is kind of a shame. I only have about two hundred or so pages left so I should just polish it off.