books that took me forever to finish.

I’m a slow reader. It’s basically my tagline here on the blog. But even as a slow reader, I can get through books relatively quickly if I want to (I finished three books last weekend!). And it has nothing to do with whether or not I enjoyed the book. I really liked a lot of books on this list, and I’ve hated books that I’ve read in 1-2 days. Most of the time, it just depends on my mood and what’s going on in my life at the time.

So today I’m listing some of the books that took me a long time to finish. (although, really, this list could also be renamed books I refused to DNF, which actually makes me super ultra awesome, right?)

Today I’m linking up for a Top Ten Tuesday!
This week’s theme: books you had a hard time with

My theme: books that took me forever to finish


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Quiet // Susan Cain
102 days (Sep 18 — Dec 28, 2016)
I was so disappointed in this book and the font was so small and reading it was the last thing I wanted to do. But I made it through. It just took a long time.

Jane Eyre // Charlotte Brontë
81 days (Nov 17, 2014 — Feb 5, 2015)
I know I was an English major, but I really don’t enjoy reading classics. I find them boring most of the time. I know Jane Eyre is beloved by many, but it was just so agonizingly boring to me. [spoilers ahead] And for all its praise about being empowering for women (which, okay, it is), its treatment of mental illness is appalling. And you might argue that’s just how it was done at the time, Emily, but the whole thing with this book is that it’s supposed to be progressive. And people just ignore that they literally locked a woman in the attic because she was mentally ill, and then they are able to have their fairytale ending because she kills herself.



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A Room of One’s Own // Virginia Woolf
66 days (June 2 — Aug 6, 2017)
This was super short, but I was busy reading other things, and again, classics just aren’t my thing.

Carry On // Rainbow Rowell
51 days (Nov 7 — Dec 27, 2016)
I read the last 2/3 of this basically in two days, but it took me so long to finish because I started reading during NaNoWriMo. After I hit my word count, I would reward myself with reading a chapter or two, but the chapters are really short and it’s a pretty large book, so that didn’t get me very far during November. In the end, it worked out because I got to read most of it on the exact days that it takes place.



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Always and Forever, Lara Jean // Jenny Han
50 days (June 15 — Aug 3, 2017)
This hit me right in a reading slump! I have no idea what happened because I was super eager to have it in my hands and had zoomed right through the second book. But this book and I just did not get along. There was no plot or conflict or anything. Maybe I read it at the wrong time. I don’t know. I’m just glad I finally made it through.

Crown of Midnight // Sarah J. Maas
40 days (Aug 9 — Sept 18, 2016)
I honestly don’t remember this taking me so long to read. I remember really liking it! But I think I started it right as I was hired permanently at my first full-time job, and I was teaching a class on top of that. So totally not the book’s fault! (although I still haven’t started Heir of Fire)



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A Conjuring of Light // V. E. Schwab
38 days (Feb 28 — April 6, 2017)
Okay honestly, there’s no reason for this book to be as long as it is. It’s super long. And the plot is so bloated and there are pages where nothing happens and it was just frustrating. I know people love this series and that’s great, I liked it as a whole, but I was disappointed with this last installment. The cover is pretty though.

The Many Selves of Katherine North (audio) // Emma Geen
35 days (Feb 6 — Mar 12, 2017)
I could write songs about all the potential this book had. It was almost amazing. And the audiobook wasn’t bad, it was just confusing because of the time jumps. (If I had known there had been time jumps, I probably would have gone with a different format.) I just found myself not ever being in the mood to listen to it.



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Paper Towns // John Green
33 days (Mar 31 — May 2, 2015)
What can I say? John Green’s Looking for Alaska and TFIOS are great, but Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines are just…not quite as good. I wasn’t feeling this one.

I’ll Give You the Sun (audio) // Jandy Nelson
33 days (May 2 — June 13, 2016)
I’m a bit ashamed that this took me so long to get through because it’s actually a really good book. I think it was just a lot for me to take in. The format and the writing are both really unique. But once I got into it, I really liked it!


currently listening to // Whiskey & Wine by Tow’rs

What book took you the longest time to finish?
Do you tend to DNF, or see it through to the end?



  1. Kyra Morris
    September 6, 2017

    I generally don’t DNF books – even though I should! I tend to read a book to the end unless there’s a lot of swearing/blasphemy/topics that I’m uncomfortable with and if I can’t get into the writing. But I generally persevere, which isn’t always a good idea. XD

    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      September 18, 2017

      It’s hard to DNF because you feel like you’ve just wasted your time. I’ll really only do it when I’m just really bored and it’s causing me to not want to read. I think I tend to stick with a book that I hate, though, so that I can give it a ranting review. XD


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