Top Ten Tuesday: Long Books I’ve (Sorta) Read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Longest Books I’ve Ever Read. It was actually kind of difficult to make this list because while I know of some long books I’ve read, I had a hard time judging how long a book actually was. For instance, The Silmarillion is only like 300 pages long, and for some reason, I thought it was over 500. Apparently, I am terrible at guessing book page length. Anyways, here are the longest books I’ve (sorta) read.

Les Misérables by Victory Hugo (1,232 pages): This is hands down the longest book I’ve ever read. It was a monster of a story, and lot of it was unnecessary info dumping. But it was totally worth reading.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1,024 pages): I hated this book. I read it because my grandma promised me money for college. But it was definitely not worth reading. I don’t care about Scarlett and her stupid farm.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (870 pages): Most of the Harry Potter books are long, but this one is the longest of the series. And it’s also the worst. So much doesn’t happen that I wonder why it’s so long. I feel so bad for the unsuspecting child who decides to start this series and then gets to book five and is handed this whopper of a book.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (849 pages): All of the books in the Inheritance Cycle are huge, but this one takes the cake. I just have one question: Why? I actually didn’t read this one, though. I listened to the audiobook. It was twenty-three discs. Twenty-three.

Winter by Marissa Meyer (827 pages): Each book in The Lunar Chronicles book gets bigger as the series goes along (except from Fairest and Stars Above), but I didn’t realize how long Winter actually is until I was flipping through a friend’s copy trying to find my favorite part and realized it was in the 600s. What. It definitely didn’t feel like reading 800 pages.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (725 pages): Honestly, I didn’t realize how long this book was either. I listened to the audiobook of this one, but I think if it I had read the book I would have given up on it. I just… no.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (722 pages): Part of the reason I quit reading this after 100ish pages is because of the length. I knew it would take me forever and it was due back at the library and I wasn’t feeling too great about it as it was. However, I tried to read it a second time, giving myself time to read it without rushing, and it was totally worth it. I love this book so much. But now I’m procrastinating on the second book because of of its page length…

King’s War by Jill Williamson (672 pages): Technically, this is three “novellas” in one volume, but I wouldn’t want to read it any other way. I love this series, and Jill’s world-building truly brings the story to life. I wouldn’t want any less pages.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (659 pages): I was actually surprised to find out that Gemina, not Obsidio, is the longest book in this series. Usually, books like to get consecutively longer, but this series is an exception. I love the series and the whole concept of the “files” telling a story.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (624 pages): This book is long and there may be a lot of unnecessary parts, but I still enjoy the story. I cannot wait to get my hands on the upcoming collector’s edition!

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Long Books I’ve (Sorta) Read

    • I didn’t think it was either! I didn’t even realize it was that long until AFTER I finished reading it.

      And while some parts of the Inheritance series seemed to drag, overall I enjoyed reading them. They aren’t my favorite fantasy books, but they have cool dragons!

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  1. 100% agree about The Order of the Phoenix. It really doesn’t need to be that long.

    And I have been procrastinating both The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Name of the Wind due to page count, so it’s totally not just you who does that.

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    • SAME. I have a copy of The Name of the Wind and have been avoiding it because of its length despite how many of my friends beg me to read it. XD

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      • Especially since the entire series is long and it’s not even finished. I don’t want to read the first two and then wait years and years and then try to remember what I read when the third book finally comes out.

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      • Exactly! I’ll have to read the different spoiler reviews to remember what happened, because I’m not sure I’ll want to read those huge books again just to continue the series. (I may. But since I don’t know that now, it’s hindering my desire to start the series.)

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  2. Yay for seeing Jill Williamson on your list!! I love her books. Have you read By Darkness Hid? And LOL to your Gone With the Wind story. That’s awesome. I can’t tell the length of books a lot of times because I read a lot of ebooks, and mostly they just tell you you’re X% of the way through the book. So some books seem really long because it takes me forever to get to 100% and others I’m like wait, that was HOW long?! Because it was so good I read it really fast. Anyhow. Here’s my TTT.

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    • I have not read By Darkness Hid yet, but if it’s anywhere as good as the Kinsman Chronicles, I should read it soon!

      And yeah, ebooks are hard to determine the length. I have an app through my local library and it only tells you how many “pages” are left until the end of the chapter, not the entire book or any kind of percentage! XD

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  3. Winter and harry potter is the ones I’ve read but they didn’t seem long to me. although when you think about it, not all books are as long as they seem because there are extras like in Winter, excerpts, q&a’s, notes, acknowledgements, take those away, you might remove 100 pages from each book.

    have a lovely day.

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