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This week’s topic is Books That Took Forever To Finish. Not to be a Debbie downer, but most of these are books that I didn’t like much. The one’s I love fly by in an instant it seems, but there are a couple of exceptions in the list.
Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb
I love this book/series. I love all the books I’ve read by Robin Hobb. She is wonderful! One thing I’ve noticed about her books though, they have a bit of a slow start to them. That is not a bad thing, but it did lead to me putting this book down for an extended period of time and then returning too late and having to start over. Once I was able to devote enough attention to the book I was very happy with it!
The Tempest – William Shakespeare
Ugh what a slog! I think I’m out of practice with Shakespeare. However, I was dying to read Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood and since that novel is based on this play I knew I had to read the source material. It took so long!
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I feel like I SHOULD like this book. You know, “Great American Novel” and all that. Classic. Masterpiece. Bo-ring. I think I’ve read it 3 times. First, in high school. Second, because I thought maybe I just hated it because it was assigned reading. Third, because I have grown up and might appreciate it more?? Nope, still hate it. I have wasted a third of my natural lifespan on this book. Or it seems that way.
Pirate King by Laurie R. King
I admit to being confused about my reaction to this book. I love the series. In fact, I went to an author signing particularly to buy this book, and it took me about an entire year to finish. I was determined to do it. I think it just came at an odd time in my life, and I’m just not in the place to enjoy it.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Another book that is lauded on high, and I could hardly get through. What does that say about me? It just kind of went nowhere. I love a good moral in a story, and am not averse to some philosophical wanderings, but this… No thanks. I’ll take Fullmetal Alchemist instead!
What’s that? Fullmetal Alchemist? Did someone say “hottest” man in anime?!!?!