The other notable book that I have never finished was Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables. I'm surprised it didn't end up on this same sophomore reading list. For reasons I still don't completely understand, I bought a new paperback copy of this title and kept it for some twenty years, never getting further than chapter four. Eventually, I gave up.
So, readers: how many of you have gotten through these titles? Should I persevere? Notice that I didn't even list Joyce's Ulysses. Since I couldn't even make it past the first page, it's not even fair to say I attempted it!