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message 1: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (havan) I recently came across a book in a beach bag that I thought lost and finished it so total reading time was well over two years.

I also have a book in my current travel bag that I only read when traveling so Seabiscuit: An American Legend is probably gonna take over a year. (Not traveling as much as I used to)

I'm NOT counting The Top 500 Poems which is a "bathroom read" that I'll probably never finish.

What's your longest?


message 2: by Deejay (DZ) (new)

Deejay (DZ) (deejayreads) | 17 comments It took me over two months to finish an abundance of Katherines by John Green because I was procrastinating about reading and also because I wasn't liking it that much tbh ^^


message 3: by annesofie (new)

annesofie (ananasofie) | 204 comments a year (If I Stay)


message 4: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 58 comments Orlando by Virginia Wolf - managed to finish it on my third attempt - probably 3 years since I first started it.
Never managed to finish I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume - took me about a year to finally give up.


Beagle Lover (Avid Reader) (beaglelover55) | 155 comments 2 weeks; It by Stephen King.


message 6: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelb) | 0 comments It took me almost a month to finish Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I'm sure there must have been ones that took me longer, but this one is the first that came to mind.


Ardent || LoveArdent || Raya (loveardent) | 22 comments It took me like 2 years to finish "Order of the Phoenix" by JK Rowling

I started it in second grade and I hated it so I stopped reading it and I picked it up 2 years later lol


message 9: by Swati (new)

Swati | 18 comments Currently I've spent a month reading The sin eater's daughter. I generally 4 days on a book, at most.... But, I'm in a book slump atm, so it's slowing me down :(


message 10: by Halima (new)

Halima (hallythemartian) | 20 comments About a year. It was Blanche ou la triple contrainte de l'enfer and I put it on hold many many times.


message 11: by Devann (new)

Devann (devannm) | 111 comments i think it took me at least a month to read the secret history, everyone was raving about it and i hated it soooo much


message 12: by Angela (new)

Angela Auten | 125 comments 2 weeks.


message 13: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Uke | 61 comments 8 years. In my defense, it was a cookbook.


Cassie    'The Thinker Go Go Go Go' Mis. Roben Goodfellow'\Isabelle Lightwood (cassiecrow) | 160 comments One year. And no I do not have a good excuse for any of them. That it took me a year to read.


message 15: by Amy (new)

Amy (thenikitagirl) | 36 comments Probably six months, or so


message 16: by Seema ♥Nerdgirl♥ (last edited May 17, 2017 01:42PM) (new)

Seema ♥Nerdgirl♥ (brotherlyloveisbeautiful) | 38 comments a week


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

5 or more months.


message 18: by Erica (last edited May 17, 2017 02:45PM) (new)

Erica | 28 comments Maybe 5 months? I lost the book inbetween and I was really busy (with what I have no idea considering I was like 7) and never had the mindset to find/finish it.

When I reread the book last year it took me a day or two. Lol.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛  (pinkhairedwannabe) | 102 comments King's Cage took me two months since it put me in a reading slump.


message 20: by Hanna (new)

Hanna Sugar Creek Gang #1-6 Set was so hard for me to get through. I've picked them up several times, read them slowly, forgot what was happening, and had to read it again. I eventually gave up after getting through maybe ten of them?


message 21: by K. (new)

K. (keiiksm) Three months; The Night Circus put me into a huge reading slump. I ended up liking it though.


message 22: by Bella (new)

Bella | 23 comments Pride and prejudice which took me like 5 months, huge waste of time since i didn't even finish it and got through only the first 130 pages


message 23: by Dean_o (new)

Dean_o | 13 comments Outlander took my 8 months which is ridicoulus but I kept pushing through it even though I didn't like it just to not disappoint my friend who really loves it 😅


Jacob the Bookworm (jacobthebookworm) | 31 comments Illuminae took me a year to read


message 25: by Mylien (new)

Mylien Lai | 16 comments Queen of Shadows took me a week to read.


message 26: by ti ✧ (new)

ti ✧ (stayjoyful) | 1 comments 10 months. hp and the deathly hallows was soooooo slow in the middle.


message 27: by Khaled (new)

Khaled Ben Salem | 1 comments 22/11/63 of stephen king it took 3 month to read it


message 28: by Tom (new)

Tom (riptorn41) It took me almost 2 years to finish American Gods. I'd read it, then put it down, then come back to it. I somehow ended up liking in spite of that, lol.


message 29: by ˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗ (new)

˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗ (liatje) | 1 comments Allegiant took me 2 years to read


message 30: by ~Bellegirl91~ (new)

~Bellegirl91~ (bellegirl91) | 78 comments Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George which took me a year since it was so big and tiny words. I had to read other books with it haha but it was DEFINITELY worth reading.

Funny story about this book I've always remembered......
My dad got it my Jr? Year of high school one time at savers. funny thing is, I remember I was talking with my civics teacher and some lady during lunch that EXACT same day and she brought it up and I wrote it down and of ALL days I come home from school and later see my dad hand it to me. 😂😂 so I thought "that was easy".


The Book Crusader (thebookcrusader) It takes me an extremely long time to finish anything longer than a short story by the Master of Horror. There's an excellent reason for that, however—I find myself overwhelmed by his immense talents; it frequently overloads my senses to the point that I have to fly around the solar system until I've worked off the excessive energy that my body became charged with.


message 32: by Asounani (new)

Asounani | 22 comments Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, 7 months


message 33: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Grace | 21 comments Gone with the Wind took me an eternity. Welllll almost... it was more like a year, but it didn't feel that way. Ha


message 34: by Tristen (new)

Tristen (bo0kenthusiast) | 28 comments a week

it was Empire of Storms


message 35: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (vagabondrose) 10 years?
Newtons' Gift by David Berlinsk.
Berlinski is a very eloquent writer - which is not something I expected in a book about Isaac Newton. The chapter about Newton's Laws of Physics felt somewhat existential.
It is the only book I bring on vacation or trips and I will finish it soon.


message 36: by J.N. (new)

J.N. Bedout (jndebedout) | 27 comments Does anybody really ever "finish" reading the Bible?


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

I think it would be The Night Circus which took me about a month to read due to school and finals.


message 38: by ava (new)

ava (absbuena) Anna Karenina - Took me 6 months, but that's because we read it in class and couldn't take it home.


message 39: by Srija (new)

Srija | 3 comments A Case of Exploding Mangoes.

Been reading this one since an year, almost.


message 40: by Jackie (new)

Jackie  (irrelavantreader) | 11 comments Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth

This book took my around three weeks to read. I think I just gradually lost lost interest by the end of this series.


message 41: by Eliza (new)

Eliza Rapsodia (elizarapsodia) I think two months with Ana Karenina XD not bad but very dense


Aiden (The Book Scourge) | 141 comments It took me a month and five days to read American Gods.


message 43: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 9 comments Technically almost a year. I started Glass Sword about a year ago then quit reading it to read something more interesting. Then I picked it back up 4 months ago, starting over from the beginning. I read about 1/3 of the book then didn't touch it for 2 months. I finally finished it today.


message 44: by Ailbhe (new)

Ailbhe | 8 comments The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring. I started it when I was eleven and got two thirds through and stopped. Didn't try again until I was nineteen. Eight flippin years.


message 45: by ♡♡Adrita (new)

♡♡Adrita | 11 comments I took me 5 months to complete Twilight.....:~| I have to admit Twilight is the most dull book in my collection.....Maybe because I already knew half of the story before starting to read this book.... And apart from Twilight if I had to choose a book it would be ~~If I Stay....I bought this book from a foreign country thinking It's a romantic book but it turned out to be a very negative book :~((


message 46: by Superbambi (new)

Superbambi | 285 comments Y'all and your one month long reads. XD I've been stuck on Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch (Goblet of Fire) for like... maybe around five years? I mean I've loved Harry Potter since I was a wee thing who thought it was awesome the actors were my age, since I was a teenager who called in sick at work to stay home and read Half Blood Prince, and I've read the series at least a dozen times in both French and in English, so I thought of course now that I can speak/read/write/whatever German, it would be awesome to read the series in that language also. It is, but IT'S TAKING SO LONG OMG. I started the first I think when I was twenty? I mean, I read through the first three pretty quickly, but the fourth, I don't know, just kind of didn't seem like a reading priority for a very long time, and it's really a much longer book than the previous three, and I read German SO SLOWLY even if I know the series by heart.

I've been reading like four hours today and I've only read fifty-something pages. It's kind of discouraging. On the other hand, I've been reading both yesterday and today, and from the time I picked it up til the time I closed the book, I've jumped from 41% to 50%? So, progress, I guess. But even when I finish this one, OotP is next, and that's a lot more than 768 pages...

Otherwise I tend to take a longer time with nonfiction because it's not as gripping as fiction. Fiction books with lots of description tend to lose me as well. Les Bienveillantes, by Jonathan Littell, took me some two years, and Dublin, by Edward Rutherfurd, which I started last year and read to page 67... well I haven't cracked it open since.


message 47: by Justin ••• (new)

Justin ••• (kjustin) There've been a few non-fiction books (usually history) that took several months because things got bogged down in stuff that only specialists doing research would care about. Sometimes I want to finish a book, but every time I try to read it my eyes start to glaze over like I'm reading Bible genealogies. When that happens I just force myself to read at least 2 pages a day no matter how bored I am.


message 48: by Lena (new)

Lena (lelenif) | 17 comments I've been stuck with Game of Thrones for about 2,5 years now...i don't know why..maybe it's the constantly changing POV or the extremely small letters...no idea. I only know that every other seems a lot more interesting when I have to choose what to read next.


Vicky | Blackbeakwitch | 5 comments I think 6 months (the snowman by Jo nesbo). In my defense, I had extracurricular activities, school and tests


message 50: by Suzi Evelyn (new)

Suzi Evelyn (suzievelyn) | 73 comments I was on Hollow City for at least two weeks. And it's taken me at least a month to read The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever (which I'm still reading) because I've been reading it as a light-funny-stuff break in between other intense stuff.


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