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101 Books Most People Start but Never Finish

They may be some of the most famous books in history, but "Catch-22," "Atlas Shrugged," and "The Lord of the Rings" are among 10 of the most "abandoned" books, according to reader-driven book recommendation website Goodreads.
Interested in why people set aside their books, Goodreads analyzed which books were most frequently shelved by their users.
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The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien)
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Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
3
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
4
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
5
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
6
Hard Choices (Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Hard Choices (Hillary Rodham Clinton)
7
Capital in the 21st Century (Thomas Piketty)
Capital in the 21st Century (Thomas Piketty)
8
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
9
Ulysses (James Joyce)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
10
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
11
The Bible
The Bible
12
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
13
Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)
Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)
14
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
15
The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
16
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
17
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg)
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg)
18
Flash Boys (Michael Lewis)
Flash Boys (Michael Lewis)
19
Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James)
Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James)
20
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
21
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
22
Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
23
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
24
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
25
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
26
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
27
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
28
Wicked (Gregory Maguire)
Wicked (Gregory Maguire)
29
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
30
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
31
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
32
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
33
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
34
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
35
Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
36
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
37
A Storm of Swords (George R.R. Martin)
A Storm of Swords (George R.R. Martin)
38
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
39
The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)
The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)
40
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
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