Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Longest Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

As I tend to run shy away from hefty tomes – i.e. War and Peace absolutely terrifies me – I thought this might be a tough topic for me. However after a closer inspection of my shelves, turns out I have read a fair few long books and here they are in size order:

  1. The Holy Bible – No surprise really that this collection of Christian sacred texts and scriptures comes in at a winning 1127 pages.
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – Not that far behind is Tolkien’s epic, high fantasy classic at around 1077 pages.
  3. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin – The fourth book in Martin’s epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire series comes in at around 1061 pages.
  4. The Dark Tower by Stephen King – I was surprised to find that the final book in King’s epic Dark Tower series is a hefty 1050 pages.
  5. Bleak House by Charles Dickens – Not surprisingly Dickens’ multi-threaded classic with its large cast of characters is around 1017 pages.
  6. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin – Martin’s second entry to the list, is the second book in his epic fantasy series, with about 1010 pages.
  7. Wolves of Calla by Stephen King – Another entry for King, with the fifth book in his epic series being another hefty one with 931 pages.
  8. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – While Dickens’ second entry to this list, is this coming-of-age classic, with around 882 pages.
  9. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales – This classic collection compiled by the Brothers Grimm is made up of over 200 tales and has about 880 pages.
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling – Finally the fifth Harry Potter book has around 870 pages, which is rather impressive for a children’s book!

Have you read any of my choices? What are the longest books you have read? Also, please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.


15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Longest Books I’ve Read

  1. From your list, only the Bible would be on mine (though I’ve read several from Dickens that might qualify). The ones that come to mind from recent years are Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell), Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand), Middlemarch (George Eliot), The Lion Trees (Owen Thomas), as well as Colleen McCullough’s “Masters of Rome” series, which I tend to view as a single entity (of more than 5000 pages!). I honestly don’t mind lengthy books as long as they hold my attention – especially on my Kindle where the number of pages can seem less intimidating.

    1. Wow Kelly, sounds like you’ve been reading some monster books! I have to agree if a book really holds me then length really doesn’t matter and I also find long books less intimidating on my Kindle, because I can’t see their length! I read Bleak House on my Kindle, so I had no idea it was that long!

  2. I have read Lord of the Rings and David Copperfield. I have not yet made it through the entire Bible though I have read almost all of the New Testament. A few long books I have read that come to mind: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, 1152 pp. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, 830 pp. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke 782 pp.

    1. Wow Judy, sounds like you’ve read some really long books too. I have long been tempted to read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, but I was put off by everyone saying how long it is. Now looking at my list, 782 pages would easy lol!

  3. Gosh yes those Potter books would be challenging for most child readers at that length but it just shows how superbly Rowling creates her world that the readers stick with it. I’ve no idea what my longest book is in terms of pages but War and Peace has to be up there……

    1. Oh yes Karen, War and Peace has definitely got to be up there! The thing with the Harry Potter books is that the first three books are really short, than the fourth book onwards they just suddenly expand!

        1. You’re probably right Karen and that would have worked perfectly if, like me, you read the books as they were published. However doesn’t work so well now when a child might want to read them one after the other.

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