Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Took You the Longest to Finish

topLike always, Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

To answer this question I’m going by memory since I don’t have hard data for the majority of my reads.  Generally, I would say about half of the books I read are read within 3 days or less and about 75-80% are read in a week or less.  Therefore it’s strange for it to take more then a week to finish a book.  I would say less than one in 15 books take more then a month to read.  It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen, just putting it into perspective some of the (rough) numbers you will see in this list.  These numbers are reconfirmed when looking up long reads on Goodreads as every book I look at that I remember taking a long time was in fact read in under 2 weeks.  All of the reads on this list were long reads because I stalled in the middle or had to take a break during reading.  Some of them I was less interested in as well so I didn’t push myself to read as much.  I’m sure I have missed some, but here is my list:

1. The Valley of the Horses by Jean M Auel. Took: over a year.

This book is the one that has taken me the longest to finish that I have actually finished. For perspective, this book is an adult book I was reading at the very young age of 12 and is 544 pages long (there was lots of sex in these books and for the record, my mother actually handed them to me).  That (length or that it was adult) was not the reason it took me so long to read this book, however.  It was going in a direction I didn’t like and so I refused to continue reading it half way through.  About a year later I was curious about how it ended and picked it back up.  I should likely be glad none of my teacher knew the series as I brought it to school and there could have been a scandal.  

2. Saga by Conor Kostick. Took: 1 month (plus 2 months to start reading) 

3. Shades of Doon by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp. Took: just over 2 weeks

4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas.  Took: months to a year

This one is weird on this list as I read 2 or 3 of the stories on a break in university and waited until my next break before finishing the rest.  So as a book it took a long time, but I read each individual story in one sitting. 

5. Firebirds Rising short story anthology edited by Sharyn November.  Took: over a year

Same as above, read the whole thing in over a year.  Read the stories quickly. 

List of books I am ‘still reading’ but haven’t finish that will go on this list once I’m done:

The way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (about 2 years)

Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane (about 4 months)

And if I ever actually finish Game of Thrones by GRR Martin (5+ years). 



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