I remember reading the first line or two of Hemingway's "The Old Man and The Sea" and thinking to myself, "I....don't think so." Dickens' "Great Expectations" didn't meet my expectations on the first page either, so I blew it off. Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet"...well, what for? After so many plays and movies, wouldn't that be a colossal waste of time? Next! Cervantes' "Don Quijote de la Mancha"? For 1,000+ pages? Are you nuts? Actually, he was nuts... Next! Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" would've required about a 100 years of solitude to read it... These may be among the greatest books of all time, but I just couldn't bring myself to read them kuz of the writing style or length, or both. Plus MTV took up most of my time... However, I did read and enjoyed "1984," "Brave New World," "The Hobbit," "El Cid," "Tartuffe," "Metamorphosis," and several other memorable ones. So, you see, it wasn't all a waste. What books did you skip?