Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Took You the Longest to Finish

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday. I finally remembered to hop back onto Goodreads and see what’s good and whaddyaknow? There’s a whole bunch of great topics I missed out on. Who knew?

I didn’t want to let this one go by without trying it out because I need more diversity in my life. Change up the routine, ya know?

Enough rambling/deflecting. Here’s the topic:

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.”

I’ve actually only had a couple of these, but I still remember them…


Time Span: 5 months

Why: I was just NOT in the mood to read this book when I started it and I continued to not be in the mood for not only the book itself along with Laini Taylor’s writing, but also the entire genre of mystic fantasy as well. The saddest part? I liked this one even more than the first and thought it was an excellent book. It just took me forever and a day to get through all of it.


Time Span: 3 months

Why: I did not like this book. It is one of the few 2 star reviews I’ve given to a book. I had tried to get through this one for three months straight and I finally did, and at the end I wondered why I didn’t just stop reading?????? Like, why did I do that to myself?


Time Span: 3 months(ish)

Why: I read this book back when I was a freshman in high school and it was INTIMIDATING. King’s writing style, the density of the text, the strange and disturbing elements, that one scene that should never see the light of day in film…It was a lot to take in. I needed breaks and I needed time to parse through it. I eventually made it through, and it was well worth it, but I don’t think I was prepared for such a heavy book back then.


Time Span: 1 month and a couple of days

Why: This was the first audiobook I ever listened to. And so, of course I did everything wrong. Instead of borrowing an audiobook from Overdrive/Libby or from Audible, I go to the actual library and borrow the physical discs because I thought that was the only way to do it…So I sit in my room listening to this book for a couple of hours a day, trying to figure out what to do while listening since I can’t GO ANYWHERE. Took me a month to finally get through all of it.


Time Span: 26 days

Why: Iron Gold might be my least favorite of the Red Rising saga but that’s not saying much at all since I still love this book oh so much. This one took me some time because I had intentionally been reading all the books slowly (to savor them) and this was much thicker than the first three books, so it just took me a little longer.


Most books take me 1-5 days to complete. Sometimes it can stretch into a week or two but that’s usually enough time for me to get through anything. If a book takes me longer than 2 weeks to complete, that can mean:

  • No time to read
  • Intentionally reading slow
  • Book I dislike but am determined to get through for no reason

I’m sure there are other reasons, but these are the main ones. Besides that, I read like the wind so I can devour as many books as possible 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time 💖

10 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Took You the Longest to Finish

  1. I haven’t read any of these but two of them are on my TBR, well the serials for them are. Although, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King was one book that I thought would never ever end. It’s the only book by him I have ever tried to read and discovered that he just wasn’t my cup o’chai. Great post!

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    1. Yeah, King is a hard author to get into I think. He says a lot and says nothing all at once sometimes. I’ve only read 2 books by him and I’m tempted to say that’s enough lol. Thank so much!

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    1. I count the days that I set the book aside as part of how long it takes me to finish. I actually set Muse of Nightmares down for 3 months before I picked it up again. So technically it took me about 2 months to complete

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  2. It took me 6 months to finish the Starless Sea.
    It took me over a year to finish Kingdom of Ash, only because I stopped at Part 1 and didn’t go to Part II until the following year so it would probably have been more like 2 months.

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    1. I loved The Starless Sea, but I will admit that it was very slow going. Meandered in some places. I got through Kingdom of Ash quick because I put myself on a time schedule for all of that series. 1 month 😂 I just wanted to get it over with lol

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  3. GASP @ the Tommy GIF! *heart eyes* you had to see my smile smh! Goodness there’s so much to say haha but you pretty much solidified my reasons for not starting Strange the Dreamer. I love Laini Taylor’s writing but have seen enough non-spoiler reviews to know I need to be in the right head space & yea I’ve been taking years to get there smh. It’s gonna happen…soonish. Red Sister, I commend you on the audio discs cause I can’t seem to ground myself enough to listen to Fantasy in audiobook format. I’ve tried & failed numerous times. I actually have the third book in this trilogy to get to & I’m hoping it ends with a bang *fingers crossed* Iron Gold *SIGH* I keep lying to its spine whispering “I’ll read you soon” but it hasn’t happened smh. Even though it’s not your favorite I’m relieved to see that you still enjoyed it cause I need motivation to finally delve in. The only book that took me months to finish this year was Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House. Probably still would, only truly enjoyed the last half of it lol. Happy reading! ❤

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    1. LOL, I’m glad you liked the GIF. I still have to catch up on Power…didn’t get veyr far haha. Laini is one of my favorite writers but yeah, her books can be a little dense but very transporting. Gotta be in the right mind space for it! It’s really hard listening to high fantasy books, I agree. It’s hard to focus on so much detail. I’ve generally avoided long fantasy audibooks since listening to Red Sister. I have yet to read the second book though 😦 I hope you manage to get to Iron Gold someday soon. Pierce Brown is simply a genius. And yeah, I can see Ninth House taking some time. Not my favorite from Bardugo…The last half is where it’s at LOL. Happy reading to you too!<3 😀

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      1. I also fell off on Power & tbh I wasn’t too keen on a story arc from his son…just, no. Haha! he’s still. baby in my eyes, given he’s one that’s had to grow up way too soon. Pierce Brown is def golden in my book so that has to happen soon before I get my Howler reds stripped away. I’m REALLY hoping we see plot progression & better pacing overall in the sequel to Ninth House. I agree, the last half is where it was ALL at LOL! 🙂

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  4. One book that took me a long time to read was Uprooted by Naomi Novik because it is a slow burn story and it is huge

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