I've got a few books that I've started to read a number of times but just can't get into them, or lose any desire to persist with them. The biggest offender is Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf which I must have read the first few chapters of at least ten times now. I just can't get into it and I have no idea why, I just lose any desire to continue reading it. Another one that's suffered the same fate is Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness because the first few pages alone have more footnotes than anything else, which irritates me beyond belief. I've also tried to read a biography on the musician Nick Drake which I gave up on due to the fact his schooldays were deathly boring... I presume I'm not alone in these dilemmas so share your eternal struggles with works of fiction and discuss books that people have mentioned. Or don't, if you don't want to.