Greetings Fellow Book Dragons!
This is a weekly meme within the book community that was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. If you’re interested in participating, find out more on the Goodreads group!
This week’s topic is Books that Took You the Longest to Finish! These are the books that you had on your nightstand “in progress” for months or years. The books that you took weeks to read because they put you in a slump. Those books that were an uphill battle. These are books you started and actually read, not books you’ve just had on your shelf the longest. So in no particular order, here are my selections!
1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
I began reading this book after finishing A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I was on a fantasy high and had heard so many great things about this book in which a young princess is being forced to marry a prince from another kingdom in order to solidify a political pact that will aid in the fight against another kingdom. The prince decides to secretly try and find her because he’s intrigued, while an assassin from the warring kingdom is sent to kill her. Princess Lia takes up residence in a small village where no one is aware of who she is and then she ends up meeting both of the young men chasing after her. As she begins to have feelings for one of them, you don’t know if it’s the prince or the assassin. This was a very intriguing premise, but it just dragged for me. It took forever to get through and by the end, the things that bothered me made it so that I truly didn’t care to find out what happens in the next book. I think it’s a very well written story, but I wanted more and the YA marker hemmed the book into a corner that made it difficult to take it to another level. It has everything that I enjoy about fantasy, but certain aspects about it caused me to drag my feet practically the entire way through.
2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I loved the first book, Divergent, flying through it and recommending it to anyone and everyone. The second book, Insurgent, started to drag for me because of the dual narratives. But the third book, y’all. I trudged through that one. It took so long to complete it, much more time than it should have and then that ending y’all! If you read it, you know and that’s all I have to say.
3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I picked this one up because it came out while I was in library school and spending the majority of my time at the reference desk where so many people would come and ask me if the library had that book. I think I had an idea of what the book was about, but when lots are people are asking for the same book, you realize there’s a trend in the making and you better see what all the fuss is about. So I bought it on Kindle and I couldn’t believe that this was what was driving droves of people to read. I don’t mention this book to bash it because honestly to each his own. And don’t get me wrong, the content did not shock me. I mean you’re reading the blog of a woman who enjoys stories about serial killers! But I honestly couldn’t get over the poor writing and I remember entering a phase that had me asking a lot of existential questions such as what am I doing and what’s going on?
4. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
I have been a huge fan of Jodi Picoult since I was 18 and found The Pact on a bargain shelf at Barnes and Noble. I remember a time when her first book, The Songs of the Humpback Whale was out of print. Now, her books are everywhere and in mass quantities, especially at used book stores. I pre-ordered each new book and waited with baited breath to read it. I’ve even met her! But I just had a very difficult time with this one. I haven’t even bought it yet and I have every book she’s written in hardback some signed! For me, it was a hot mess and I couldn’t connect. There were too many subplots going on, so that the parts of the main plot that should have mattered didn’t. It ultimately put me in a fairly long reading slump. Now, she has a new one coming out in a week and I’m at that point in our reading relationship where I’m just going to wait and check it out at the library.
5. The Night Season by Chelsea Cain
This is the fourth book in the Heartsick series about a female serial killer named Gretchen Lowell. I absolutely love this series, except for this book. This was not a completed series when I began it, so when I got this one, it just seemed so different then the previous ones. And I have a feeling that if you chose to binge read them now, this one would slow the whole story down in my opinion. I don’t remember anything about this one except a part about a squid thing in the sewer system and I just noped out of that. It took me a while to finish the book, and then I was hesitant to continue the series. But if you do decide to read them, the fifth book has a similar tone to the previous books and returns the story to its former glory.
So those are the books that took me the longest to finish. What are yours? Let me know in the comments.