This week’s topic is what books took you the longest to finish? This topic was actually a lot harder than I thought — but I did manage to find five books that took me the longest to read!
Despite the fact that the Throne of Glass series is one of my favourite series, it took me forever to finish Queen of Shadows. This was a mix between the way that Sarah J. Maas choose to write one of my favourite characters of the entire series and the fact that I was experiencing one of the longest book slumps that I have ever experienced. I began reading this wonderful book on Christmas Eve and didn’t finish it until February ended! That’s the longest that it has ever taken for me to actually finish a book. Though, in the end, it was worth it, because I actually really enjoyed it. Also, I haven’t experienced a book slump quite like that one since, so that’s pretty good!
I’m sure by now you guys already know how disappointed I was with this book. I was really excited to read it, only to become a little bored, a little grossed out with the weird sexual scenes scattered throughout the book and not fall in love with any of the characters. Because I wasn’t enjoying the book, it took me a very, very long time to finish it (three weeks, I’m pretty sure). I probably should have just stopped reading it if I wasn’t enjoying it, but I was so determined to see if the characters redeemed themselves that I simply persevered. (Note: they did not redeem themselves, at all.) Though, I have heard that the television series is so much better — so I am very excited to watch.
Now, I absolutely enjoyed the first book in The Maze Runner series — it is definitely one of my all time favourites — however, the second book was really disappointing. I only felt this way because the first book was amazing, and the second one just didn’t live up to the first one. Also, Thomas didn’t feel like the same Thomas. Am I making any sense? Due to this disappointment, it took me forever to finish it. Someday I will have to read the third book, but because the reading experience for this one was long and tiresome, it may take me a while before I begin the next one in the series. This is quite disappointing, but unfortunately that is the way it is.
When I began reading this book, I was a little confused because of the large cast of (wonderful) characters. So, instead of giving up… I pretty much binge-watched the entire first season of Game of Thrones. Yeah. This meant that I now had a pretty firm grip on all the amazing characters that A Game of Thrones focused on. Now, it didn’t really take me forever to watch the series (like a couple of days), but I had been procrastinating a lot with this book. I think I simply let this book intimidate me. BUT! Once I finally got my head around the characters, and could properly picture them, I finally finished this book and absolutely enjoyed every single minute of it.
Okay, I am actually really, really cheating on this last one, simply because I couldn’t think of another book that took me forever to read. But it did kind of take me a lot longer to finish this book than the others in the series… mainly because I really didn’t want this series to end. I gave every book in this series five stars. I absolutely loved every single one of them for various reasons. So, I took my time with this book and enjoyed every moment of it. Sometimes I take a long time finishing a book, not because I didn’t enjoy, but simply because I enjoyed it so damn much. And The Blood of Olympus is definitely that sort of book.