Booking Through Thursday is a weekly event in which bloggers consider a question and respond to it. Usually of a bookish nature, the prompts are great conversation starters.
Here’s Today’s Prompt:
What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so?
To answer this question, I had to consider all the many years I’ve been reading, which seemed like a huge challenge. Books I read in my younger years were often enjoyed over a period of time, since a lot of other events, like school, college, marriage, and children affected my reading experiences.
So I decided instead to focus on my reading practices and experiences in recent years.
In 2010, I read a book I thoroughly enjoyed, but which I consumed only in bits and starts due to its content, full of detail, that I didn’t want to rush through. Audition: A Memoir, by Barbara Walters (click title for review) was read (according to Goodreads stats) from Feb. 21, 2010, through 5/4/2010. The book has 612 pages, so it certainly wasn’t the longest book I’d ever read. I’ve read many longer books over the years.
I enjoyed the book very much and the heavy details and momentous experiences were part of the joy of it. So I meandered my way through it.
Another book that consumed what I felt to be an inordinate amount of time was Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (click title for Goodreads review). Not an overly lengthy book, either, with 562 pages, I read this one from 2/18/11 through 3/12/11: a long period of reading for me in recent years.
Per my review, in summation: ….the very long and meandering tale seemed to bog in the middle, but toward the end, I was extremely drawn in again, just as I had been in the beginning. The story was a memorable one and deeply satisfying in many ways. But because of the mid-section tediousness, I am awarding three stars.
Again, the content seemed to affect how much time this book took to read.
Generally I read books within a day or two, even the chunky ones. These two were distinct in the unusual length of time I spent with them for different reasons.
What about the rest of you? What affects your reading experiences in terms of length of time?