I’m doing the Top Ten Tuesday meme, which is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and the theme for 9th October is…longest books I’ve ever read. I wasn’t really sure how to work this out, as my Goodreads obviously doesn’t have things I read when I was younger and things, so this is a combination of organising my Goodreads list by number of pages, plus some thoughts about things I remember thinking were long when I read them.
- The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein – this was the first one that came to mind! I read this a couple of times when I was younger, and my dad’s copy was printed on bible paper, so spent the 1,000 pages having to constantly check that I hadn’t accidentally turned over five pages at once
- A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin – I think most of the ASOIAF books could go in this list, but this was the first one that popped up on my GR list, so I’m just going with this one
- The Stand by Stephen King – a proper tome, like many of King’s novels, but I feel like this read much faster than one might have expected
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – a classic that I actually enjoyed! I remember this one taking a while, but it was an easier read than I’d expected it to be
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – this is an awesome Arthurian retelling, with a focus on the female characters. Bradley herself is pretty problematic, so I’m not sure how I’d feel about re-reading this one
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling – comfortably the longest of the series, thinking about this makes me want to re-read the whole series!
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – a great book, but I do remember finding that I enjoyed this one less as it went on so for me personally, it could have been shorter
- Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – who knew this book was so long?! I have very few memories of it, but I don’t remember struggling with the length of it
- The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski – this is another book I remember feeling long. But it’s a twisty, fascinating alternate history novel centred around the Titanic, so if that’s your bag, it’s definitely worth a look
- This Charming Man by Marian Keyes – I do love Marian Keyes, but this book had a lot of issues, and it being so long definitely didn’t help!
There’s a lot of words on a lot of pages in these books! Some I’ve enjoyed more than others, and some have definitely felt like a bit of a slog. But there’s always something satisfying about getting through a proper tome.
What are the longest books you’ve read? And if you’ve got a Top Ten Tuesday this week, pop the link in a comment below and I’ll check it out!
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