Slow Start, Fabulous Finish by Carlene Moore
Some books hook you with the first line, the first paragraph, or the first page. Other books, however, need more time to gain momentum. Although it can be tempting to put a book down if it doesn’t ignite your interest quickly, these books are worth sticking with…
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: Although this trilogy was all the rage a few years back, it took me a long time to get immersed in the first book. Considering that I’ve heard the same sentiment repeated – and that some people put the book down because of it – I’m adding it to my list of slow start, fabulous finish. Since it is a trilogy, it takes the author some time to build up the background. But once he does, the rest of the first book, as well as the second and third books from page one on, are page-turners. If you put this one down, pick it back up!
- We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver: This book is a dark, suspenseful and heartbreaking novel, and yet it’s one of my favorites. The profound storyline sticks with the reader year after year. Numerous people had recommended this book to me so I was surprised when I wasn’t aching to keep reading once I got started. I’m glad I continued on with it though, because once I did get hooked, I read it in a mere few days. Again, slow start, fabulous finish.
- The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve: The best, and most impactful, section of this book is the end. Because of that, the beginning is spent building characters and relationships. Although I didn’t find this novel to be a page-turner, the total shock ending made it worth the read.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel: Ever since seeing Castaway, I haven’t been big on shipwreck scenarios. Conversations with volleyballs just don’t seem to “wow” me. That said, Life of Pi had too many accolades to resist it so I jumped in – skeptical at first. It was a little slow in the beginning but picked up throughout and the ending was worth the wait. Don’t be deterred by the few characters and the days lost at sea; it’s worth the read!
- These Is My Words by Nancy Turner: I had trouble getting lost in the writing of this book at first, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. As the main character’s life builds, so does the novel, into a beautiful tale of strength, determination and love. Jump into this novel and don’t look back; it’s a journey worth taking.
These days, with so many options at our fingertips, it’s incredibly easy for us to be jumpers – we can change channels, books, recipes, hobbies, and more, with the touch of a button. Some things, however, are worth the wait.
Wantrepreneur, wife, adventurer, blogger, wine drinker, avid traveler…in no particular order. Carlene Moore is a Midwestern brain with a California soul. Follow her on Twitter @EverMooreMilest and read her blog here.
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