Top 5 Wednesday|Oct.5, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly challenge which was created by  Lainey from gingereadslainey.  Sam from Thoughts of Tomes is also a moderator. You can check it out on Goodreads.


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.

Personally, when I start to lose interested in a book or if I cannot get into it, I stop reading it. I don’t see the point in wasting my time with reading a book that is not for me, when I could read something that I like. I know the topic is about book that I finished, but I don’t have many that took me a long time to read them. As I said, if I’m not into it, I give up. I do give them a couple of tries, and read around 100 pages, but if I don’t get into them, I move the books from progress to d.n.f. I will try to come up with a top 5, since there are always exceptions to the rule.

In no specific order . . .

1. Toward the Sea of Freedom by Sarah Lark


This book was quite interesting, but after a while it started to get a little bit boring. So, I read the first 3-4 parts quite fast, but after that I put it down. I did manage to finish it, but what I thought it will be a quick read, ended up being a longer one – I started reading it in February, finished it in June. I’m not sure if it was only due to the book, thou. I was in a book slump for a few months…

2. Second Hand Jane by Michelle Vernal


Now, this one was a little bit different. I started reading it, and I put it down. I picked it up again, and forced myself to read the first few chapters. After that, the book started to get really interesting, and I didn’t have problems finishing it. In other words, the beginning took a while for me (a couple of weeks), not the rest of the book.

3. Freedom Fries and Cafe Creme



A collection of short stories about love and food. I usually don’t read all the short stories at once. I read one, and pick up something else. Then I go back to the short stories.

4. Vampire World by Rich Douglas


YA novel about vampires. It is unique – the vampires live on another planet, and a girl from Earth ends up there. Never read a book with vampires that had this spin on it. However, it has some flaws. I started reading it in June, and finished it in August. I had a problem with the ending. I lost interest a little bit.

5. Xodus by K.J. McPike


I started reading this one in December, 2015. I finished it in May, 2016. I couldn’t get into it at first. This one was on me, thou. I wasn’t in the mood, simply as that. I put it down after a couple of tries, and picked it up again in May. Surprisingly, I didn’t have problems getting into the story, so I finished it. I ended up enjoying it a lot.

So, these are 5 books that I started to read, and took me a while to finish them.

What about you? What books took you the longest to finish? Let me know in the comments, or link me to your own T5W post.

~ Laura


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