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Top 5 Wednesday – Books that took forever

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday.  This is a meme started in November of 2013 and is still going strong! If you’re interested in being a part of it please see the group on Goodreads.

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

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!


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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!


gatsby

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.


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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.


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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?!!?!

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You’re welcome.

 

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7 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – Books that took forever

  1. Haha. I love the FMA gif at the end. Priceless.

    I’ve struggled to read Shakespeare lately, too. It’s definitely a practice thing for me. I forced myself through Hamlet, Henry IV Parts I and II, and King Lear. By the time I got to Lear it was a lot easier but… yeah. I’d rather see it performed live.

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