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

Top 5 Wednesday

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is currently hosted by Samantha @ Thoughts on TomesEvery Wednesday a new topic is listed on the Goodreads group, and you list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.

This week’s topic is…

Books That Took Me the Longest to Finish

So a side note about myself. I am a quick reader; I can usually read a 350-paged book in less than 4 to 5 hours. But as a mood reader it is hard for me to just sit down and read any book from my shelf. So on weekends, I usually binge read at least 3 to 4 books. It’s very unusual and rare for me to set a book aside and read it over a weekly or monthly period, but I have done it, and the books below are proof. 

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Station Eleven took me 7 months to finish. I loved the book, and honestly I think I did not want it to end. Check out my review HERE

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I savored Uprooted to the very end. Every chapter was captivating and wonderfully written. I tried to make this book last as long as I could. This was also the last book I read and gushed about with my mom before she passed away. I think she would have loved reading it. Check out my short review HERE.

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I had a hard time connecting to My Lady Jane. I really had to push myself to read and finish this book. Check out my struggles in my review HERE.

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I think Truest is one of the most underrated books I have read in the last 2 years. It is truly spectacular and heartbreaking all at the same time. Check out my short review HERE.

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I read Mosquitoland last year over a monthly period and loved it. I checked my Goodreads account to see if I had written a review, and it turns out I’m still “processing” my thoughts on it. Yeah, I need to get that review up ASAP, because this book deserves all the praise!!! 

What are some books that took you the longest to finish? Is there a reason why it took you so long? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love Book Covers

TOP TEN TUESDAY

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Reasons I Love Book Covers

My love for book covers can only be expressed with the images of the book covers themselves. Enjoy! 

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Are you a lover of book covers too? What are some of your favorite book covers? 

Book Review: Station Eleven

Title: Station Eleven
By: Emily St. John Mandel
Release Date: September 10, 2014
Pages:
352 (Hardcover)
Publisher:
 Picador

Format: UK Hardcover
Source: Purchased

GOODREADS’S SUMMARY

21900884DAY ONE

The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb.

News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

WEEK TWO

Civilization has crumbled.

YEAR TWENTY

A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.

But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

STATION ELEVEN

Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan – warned about the flu just in time; Arthur’s first wife Miranda; Arthur’s oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed ‘prophet’.

Thrilling, unique and deeply moving, this is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything – even the end of the world.

 


My Review

I started Station Eleven in July 2015 and finished it over the weekend (February 2016). I usually gobble books up in one sitting, but this book sat by my bedside for months with occasional reading; it’s definitely a book meant to be savored.

Station Eleven is an intricate and well-written novel that consists of a non-linear storyline, unraveling plot twists, huge character development, and a post-apocalyptic wasteland concerned with humanity, humility, and survival.

All of the main characters revolve around one man, Arthur Leander, who died a few days before the Georgia Flu epidemic that kills 99% of the world’s population. But before Arthur, a famous actor, passes away, he leaves behind a memorable legacy among his family, ex-wives, friends, fellow actors, and cohorts, which spans out through a 15-year-plus wandering plotline.

Because the chapters jump from character to character, pre-apocalypse v. apocalypse v. post-apocalypse scenes, and place to place, I had to pay close attention to detail, dialogue, and which characters were involved in each scene.

I was very much ingrained in Kirsten’s storyline. As an 8-year-old actress, Kirsten admired Arthur, a kind man that gave her acting advice and gifted her his ex-wife’s self-created comic books, “Station Eleven.” As we follow Kirsten from a young girl to a young woman, she explains her struggles to survive in a world filled with disease, nomadic living, scarce medical supplies/expertise, limited food, cults, and religious fanatics like the Prophet. As a fellow member of the traveling Symphony, a nomadic group that performs Shakespeare plays and music concerts, Kirsten provides a very detailed account of her 15 years of survival in an post-apocalyptic world. She is smart, resourceful, diligent, and more importantly a survivalist.

Overall, Station Eleven is an eventful novel that significantly impacts the reader’s perception of humankind’s endurance. It plunges the reader into a intricate web of storylines that examines humanity, personal versus group choices, fate, and what it takes to survive a non-governmental society.

RANTS:     There are a lot of  time-shifting scenes and characters, so be sure to keep notes or be really good at multi-tasking. 

RAVES:     This book will plunge you into apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic scenarios that seem too real to turn way from. Station Eleven is filled with realistic, surreal, and nightmarish scenes that will leave you questioning nature, humankind, and personal “what if” situations. I personally savored each storyline, setting, and character like it was my was last encounter with them.  Also, I own both the UK and US hardcover of this book, and the UK cover is so simple and beautiful–definitely my favorite between the two hardcover choices. 

NOTE:          All statements and opinions are mine.

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