I Tackled “The Goldfinch” and Won

 

I posted the above tweet last week. You see, I’m not the quickest reader out there. I like to absorb a book’s details. But I can usually polish off a novel in a week. At most, two weeks. But three and a half weeks? That’s a slogfest.

So I was happy to finally finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I shared my review of it on Book Club Mom so I won’t rehash it here. Just know finishing it has left me too weary to write a longer blog post.

And that’s a win in your column.

Image from Microsoft Clip Art

Image from Microsoft Clip Art

What book took you forever to finish? Any long tomes on your to-be-read list?

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Rubin4Carrie Rubin is the author of Eating Bull and The Seneca Scourge. For full bio, click here.

272 Responses to “I Tackled “The Goldfinch” and Won”

  1. Jay

    I’m a voracious reader, and since I’ve been convalescing, I’m going through more than 1 per day. I think I read attentively, but 3 books later I couldn’t tell you what most are about. Sean is a speed-reader by default, a habit learned in law school that he can’t shake and would like to, at least for leisure reading.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I’m the opposite of Sean–because of med school, I’ve developed the habit of needing to read every word. No skimming for me. So I’m a slow reader.

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  2. Christi

    The Goldfinch is still on my to-be-read list. So is Cloud Atlas — I started it a couple years ago and couldn’t seem to get into it. Maybe I’ll try again this year; it is a new year, after all. In terms of books that took forever for me to finish, I had to read Tess of the D’Urbervilles in college about a decade ago, and that was a whopper. I did finish it, though. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, which I was *supposed* to read for that same class, never quite made it to the finish line. I did write a paper about it somehow. Wonders never cease…

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I have Tess of the D’Ubervilles on my bookshelf. In fact, it’s been there unread for years. Something tells me I won’t be getting to it anytime soon…

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  3. Sue Archer

    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. The book that just wouldn’t end. I’ve learned now that many books on the New York Times type lists are just not for me. Congrats on the review!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Haha, I haven’t heard of that one. I’ll have to check it out. And put it on my “you’ll never finish list.” 😉

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  4. Kourtney Heintz

    LOL. I’m in the middle of Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings. It’s a beautiful book but it’s something that I read in small amounts and put aside. Same with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Some long books are just hard to get through no matter how great they are. I’ve been reading more YA and it’s so cool to polish off a book in 3-5 days. Makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.

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