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

 

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I’m back with my take on this week’s Top 5 Wednesday. The topic for this time is: Books That Took You the Longest to Finish. T5W is hosted by Sam over at ThoughtsOnTomes and the Goodreads group’s information will be linked here. I’m not saying that these books are bad in any way, they just took me a really long time to get though them. My choices are in no particular order so LET’S BEGIN!

 

Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

I don’t even know why, but I think it took me a month to read this book.  Out of these 5 books, this one is probably the easiest to read. It’s pretty much a story of a girl talking about all of these items that she accumulated throughout her relationship and why she’s giving it back to her significant other. It was an interesting read because every time she would talk about a new item, there would be a full page illustration of it and the story of how it came about in their relationship. I think that I just lost interest in the book at about halfway. It felt repetitive; from what I remember, it was a bunch of “I got this item from when we went to this place and whatnot. Because of that, this is why we’re breaking up” for most of the book. I think that is what kept me from finishing this book quicker.

The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken 

I was so hooked on concept of this book that I think I liked it better than the actual novel itself. I remember reading this book and then dropping it for 3 months, only to come back to it super disinterested. I was more than halfway and I forgot what happened, but I didn’t want to restart the book so I just went with it. By the end of it, I didn’t even care about starting the next book. I’m sure I would’ve liked it better if I read it all in one go, but I didn’t. This is one of the series that I won’t be continuing.

A Game of Thrones – George R R Martin

I think this book took long for me to finish because of how lengthy it is. I picked the book up and put it down over the span of 5 months because I kept restarting and stopping. I was so used to how fast paced the show is compared to the book. I just wasn’t reading fast enough. It was still a great read!

The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

Normally, a book this size would’ve taken me a day or two to finish. This wasn’t like the other books. The Hobbit started out so cool and adventurous, but something kept distracting me. Sleep. Every time I cracked this book open, I would be asleep within 10 minutes. I don’t think it was the books fault! I read this during my senior year of high school and I barely got enough sleep during that time; I would usually sleep extremely late and wake up super early. It was still an interesting read.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor

This was one of the biggest books that I’ve read last year; it had 600+ pages and moved in a slow pace. With those major factors, this book took me longer than expected to read. Although it was a great way to end the series, the journey from beginning to end took so incredibly long! I was also working during the holiday season as well, so I barely had time to read at all.

 


 

And I think that this is all for now. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next post!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite First Sentences

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I’m finally back with another Top 5 Wednesday after the longest time ever! I know that it says “first sentence”, but I couldn’t choose just 1. I had to include more sentences, but I limited myself to 4 at most. I’m sorry for ‘cheating’, but I couldn’t help myself. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes The T5W’s information will be in the goodreads group here if you’re interested in participating next week. This week’s topic are my top 5 favourite first sentences in no particular order. Here we go!

5. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

“Even before he got electrocuted, Jason was having a rotten day. He woke in the backseat of a school bus, not sure where he was, holding hands with a girl he didn’t know.”

The Lost Hero is the first book where we see the story unfold in the eyes of brand new characters. I like how we’re thrown into the same situation as an equally confused Jason and are eager to find out what is happening.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After.”

I just love these first few sentences; they make it sound like a typical “everything changed when this-and-that happened” story but still grasps your attention with the way the words come together through mystery and curiosity.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

“It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy–that guy right over there-that’s him. The him. His posture is as familiar as a recurring dream.”

This book starts off with an impulsive decision made by Isla, high on pain medication, and I love it. Immediately, I want to know about who this guy is, what his deal is with Isla, and what she plans on doing with him. Spontaneous actions are done, hijinks ensue.

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“My big brother reaches home in the dark hours before dawn, when even ghosts take their rest. He smells of steel and coal and forge. He smells of the enemy.”

It is amazing how fast these words can build atmosphere. I already have a picture painted in my head everytime I read these few lines. Once again, I feel mystery because it makes we wonder what Laia’s brother was doing out so late at night smelling all funky.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“First the colours. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.”

The Book Thief is the absolute first for me for reading in Death’s point of view. I just thought that it was super interesting. I don’t even know why I love these first sentences so much. I just do!


This has been my take on this week’s T5W. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Required Reading

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. The T5W’s information will be in the goodreads group here if you’re interested in participating next week. This week’s topic is favourite required reading books. Here we go!

5. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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I forgot when I read this book but I think that it was around the time when I was in the 6th grade. I love how the main character just made a tollbooth and drove through it, transporting him to places called “the Island of Conclusions”, and “Digitopolis”. It was such a fun read about a bored kid with nothing to do and his adventures through the tollbooth.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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I loved reading The Hunger Games in the 10th grade. It was a re-read for me when I read it with the class. Because of that, I already had the groundwork done and got the gist of the story; I enjoyed the story a whole lot more by looking into the symbols and themes. Reading The Hunger Games is always a fun time for me.

3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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Charlotte’s Web has got to be one of my favourite books of all time. I remember reading this story sometime during my elementary years and I completely loved it. Even after  my class finished this book, I would read it over again with my mom and fall in love with it over again. Charlotte’s Web gives me so many great memories.

2. Of Mice and Men by George Steinbeck

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Of Mice and Men was more of a recent read for me; I read it in 12th grade. This book hit me hard in the feelings. Towards the end, it seriously felt like a train ran over my heart and then all of the passengers in that train got out, and stepped directly onto my feelings. Something about George and Lennie’s dreams just tugged my heartstrings. I do hope that I re-read this in the future.

1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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I remember reading this during 11th grade and being totally excited to see what happens to everyone. Once I heard that a group of young guys were stranded on an island without any rules or parental figures to guide them, I was all for this book; I wanted to know how they would fend for themselves. I heard that some parts of the story got intense but I had no idea how intense it would really be. Like, a bunch of little boys on an island? How bad could that possibly turn out? I was so wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

And that’s all for this week! Thanks, as always.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Maps

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When I read about this week’s topic, I was so ecstatic. I absolutely LOVE it when my books have maps in them. I missed out on last week’s topic about character tropes because I just couldn’t think of any tropes that I enjoyed. But here I am for this week!


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. If you’re interested in participating in future T5W’s  information will be in the goodreads group here. Let’s get started!

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I was not expecting a map in a contemporary novel at all; this gave me a wonderful surprise. I really like how the map shows the Sinclairs’ family island and where each of the family members live. It gives off a great idea about where everything is and how the houses connect.

4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein

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I wish that there were more defining objects in the map like trees, rivers, or maybe something along the lines of castles. I really like the dwarfish written on the map; it makes the map look so much cooler. I think that the little notes on the map give little directions as to where the journey look place. Very, very nice.

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I adore these maps to death. I love how they are on the end pages of the book; the easy accessible pages are useful when I want to know where the story is taking place. The world map alone is already beautiful, but with the addition of the Blackcliff Academy map on the back of the book, everything gets so much cooler.

2. The Remnant Chronicles series map by Mary E Pearson

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The colour of the map gives off a vintage-y feel to me. I think that it is so cool how the kingdoms not only have their cities on them, but they also have drawings of what the castles look like! The drawings and crests on the side just add to the beauty of this map. Props to the creator of the map because this is seriously so well done.

1. A Song of Ice and Fire series map by George R. R. Martin

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The map of this world is so incredibly detailed. I would be absolutely lost and confused as to where all of the kingdoms lie if it weren’t for these maps. The world is so huge! These two pages divide the north and the south of Westeros. Essos isn’t even in the picture yet! I also love the sigils of the houses on the corners of the map. I think it’s really cute. This map is taken from A Dance with Dragons simply because it had the bigger map to show rather than my small mass market paperback ones. I love everything about this map.

That’s all for this week. I just love maps!

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

I am so excited to have finally participated in a new Top 5 Wednesday! I have seen so many videos on youtube about this weekly thing. When I found out that this group was open to everyone, I joined it right away and now here I am.


This weekly series was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and information about the Top 5 group will be here. Come join the family for next week 🙂 SO, let’s get this started!

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5. Zuzana Nováková from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

After reading the first two books in this series, I have come to realize that Zuzana is one of my favourite characters. She is so supportive and strongly cares about Karou and her safety. Zuzana also brings hilarity and a sort of lightness when the story gets a little dark; her antics with her boyfriend Mik are so entertaining to everyone.  In a few of the chapters of the books, Zuzana does get some perspective, so why not have a full book? I would like to see her take on things, her thoughts on the chimaera and angel worlds, her relationship with Mik, and just immerse myself in her humour. I haven’t finished the last book in the series so I don’t know what her fate will be in the end.

4. Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes

Although we don’t know too much about Helene, (as of right now there is only one book in this series) I can see myself reading about her own journey in this crazy academy of soldiers. Being the only female in the whole academy certainly makes everything for her harder when she has scumbag people like Marcus doubting her abilities also while whispering disgusting things about what they would want to do to her in her ear. Helene is such a strong woman and is clearly capable of getting by on her own. Also, with the events leading up to the end of the book, I would like to see how this story goes on through her perspective. Continue reading