Top 5 Wednesday is a book meme created by Gingerreadslainey, and hosted here if you’re interested in participating! This week’s theme was a little difficult. I couldn’t decide if I should include both books I liked and didn’t like on the list. Eventually I decided I would.
I usually finish a book within two days to a week of starting it. Sometimes, circumstance prevents me from finishing a book in that time span. I haven’t included those.
The books on this list were the ones that just couldn’t hold my attention. Some I enjoyed despite that, and some I really did not.
The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
I read this book at the wrong time. It’s definitely a character-driven book, with little plot. The story is interesting and the writing absolutely beautiful. I don’t know why it took me ages to read it. It literally took me more than four months to finish. I just kept putting it aside for other things. When I finally managed to finish it, I decided that I may try to re-read it during the winter. Despite the long read time, I did enjoy the story.
Monsters of Men (Patrick Ness)
I enjoyed the first book of this series enormously, and powered through it very quickly. The world building was really interesting as were the two main characters. The second book had more shortcomings but I was still invested in the series. And then I got to this book. Wow. Such disappointment. It took me weeks to get even halfway through… and I didn’t even read the whole thing. I gave up on it.
The Witch’s Daughter (Paula Brackston)
I’m a big fan of witches, so when I got a Kobo gift card shortly after receiving an e-reader I snapped this up. It took me a while. I wasn’t a fan of how witches were portrayed in this book (especially as I was dabbling in the Pagan community at the time). The characters were either good or evil, with no ambiguity at all – and so they were pretty dull. A slow read because I just didn’t like the content of the book.
The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien)
As a kid, I picked up a copy of The Hobbit at a book jumble sale. When I tried to read it I just wasn’t into it. The writing style didn’t appeal to 14 year old me, and even as an adult it took me two weeks to get through. I admire Tolkien greatly, and have enjoyed some of his other works, but though I can see the value in The Hobbit it isn’t one of my favourites.
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
I picked this up when I was lost in the PATH (story of my life), and it had just come out. I had asked the friendly woman behind the counter what she would recommend for a great read – and this was her choice. I jumped into it eagerly, and stalled pretty quickly. It was just too slow paced to hold my attention at the time, and I stopped after about three chapters. Now that its being made into a movie I’ll have to give it another shot.
What books took you the longest to read? Care to defend any of my DNF’s or slow reads? Do we have any slow reads in common?