Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group created by gingerreadslainey. This week’s topic is books that took you you the longest time to finish. I’m normally a pretty slow reader so a lot of books take me longer to finish then a lot of other bookworms. I also tend to get into reading slumps easily so there are a few books that have taken me ages to finish.
1.) City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
If you know anything about me, then you will know I love the Mortal Instruments series. Even though it’s one of my favourite series now, it almost wasn’t. It took me a ridiculously long time to get through City of Ashes, the second book in this series, but it wasn’t because it was bad. I was in a terrible reading slump when I first read this novel and it took me about a year to finish it. It sat on my bedside table and I barely picked it up. But, I’m so glad I did because I got through the later books a lot quicker and fell in love with the world and characters.
2.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I read this book because I’ve been trying
(and failing) to read more classics. And it took me over a month to finish this. This was mainly because the writing style took me ages to get into and the plot wasn’t really what I expected. There was a larger focus on Finch’s children than I thought there would be which threw me off a bit. I did end up enjoying this book a lot more by the second half of it but I think this is story I will need to read again to fully appreciate.
3.) The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
I just finished this book a couple of days ago and I started it at the beginning of September! So, it’s taken me about a month to complete it. This book also took me a while to get into but I did end up enjoying it a lot once I got my head around all the different characters. I was in a bit of a slump for a couple of weeks whilst reading this so I didn’t feel like reading anything and that’s why it took me ages to finish.
4.) Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I read Insurgent ages ago and I can’t remember how long it took me to finish it but I know it took me some time. I really loved the first book in this series, Divergent, but this book wasn’t as enjoyable. I didn’t like the direction that the plot was going and the characters started to bore me. As a result, it took me a long time to finish this and I have no plans to pick up the final book anytime soon.
5.) Gone by Michael Grant
This book really wasn’t my thing. It started out really good and I was intrigued at first. But then the plot grew complicated and confusing. There was so much going on and I kind of lost interest. This book is quite long and in the end, I speed read the last 100 pages but even doing that took me longer than it should’ve done.
What books took you ages to finish?