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Top 10 Tuesday 9th October

on October 9, 2018

Welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now has a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Featuring a different bookish related theme each week, this week we are talking…..

Top 10 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

For the purposes of this, I’m only going to include individual books – not bind ups (such as the LotR series in 1 volume or the box set of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, which Goodreads lists as the longest book I’ve ever read!). I’m also going to include the books from A Song Of Ice & Fire as one entry otherwise they’d be basically half this entire list. I’m also relying on Goodreads’ page count to be accurate, because I’m not hunting down all these books to check!

  1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. My version is apparently 1232p – actually it’s a beautiful version. One of those clothbound hardbacks, they’re all so gorgeous. I read this a few years ago in a read-a-long with another blogger friend and I was surprised just how much I enjoyed it. There’s no denying that it is indeed, quite wordy and Hugo loves a tangent to be sure. But it’s quite a good read.
  2. A Song Of Ice & Fire: A Game Of Thrones, A Clash Of Kings, A Storm Of Swords, A Feast For Crows & A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin. These range from 837p (A Game Of Thrones) to 1184p (A Dance With Dragons) so that puts Dance as my second longest book. It’s actually my least favourite of the series – bit long and rambly and contains several of my least favourite plots, whereas 4 is a much better book. But the series as a whole – still fabulous. Hurry up and bloody finish it George.
  3. The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody. The final book in the Obernewtyn series if you’re in Australia. I get heaps of people telling me it’s not the last one, but they’re American and the series is numbered differently over there as they kept splitting the big books in two. The Red Queen is a pretty whopping 1120p. And so concludes one of my favourite ever series’ and definitely the series I spent the longest amount of time reading.
  4. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I was 12 when I read this and you know, I’m not sure I’ve ever re-read it. I’ve seen the movie a few times though, most recently a couple of years ago. It’s just a book that has never really left me although I should re-read it and see if it holds up to how 12yo me felt. Actually I remember that when I was 12, Rhett Butler didn’t interest me much. However when I re-watched the movie a few years ago, 30-something me was super into Rhett!
  5. Riders by Jilly Cooper. 919p. Haha, The Rutshire Chronicles. I was obsessed with these in the 90s. All that sex and horse racing! Jilly Cooper does know how to write a terrific bonkbuster. It’s been a while since I read some of these but this one, Rivals, The Man Who Made Husband’s Jealous, Appassionata, Score, Pandora etc were such good fun.
  6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. 850p. Look, to be honest, the less said on this one the better. I wasn’t a huge fan and I know I’m in the minority but I had a lot of issues with this book and I don’t like Jamie. There, I said it!
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. 837p. Another surprisingly enjoyable read! I actually was expecting this to be a bit of a slog but it was really good. Tolstoy is prone to the odd tangent, much like Hugo but the storyline was very compelling. Weirdly like the week before I read this, I read a book that spoiled the ending for me!
  8. The Passage by Justin Cronin. 766p. Seeing this here just reminds me that I am still yet to read City Of Mirrors despite buying it when it came out a couple of years ago. Also I saw Justin Cronin at the Melbourne Writers Festival and he is hilarious.
  9. Temple by Matthew Reilly. 763p. Hmm, I think this is the one set in Peru. Matthew Reilly books are all very very fast paced with a lot of action and things that are exploding. Think of the movie you’ve seen with the most explosions and then make about 200 more things explode and you’re probably getting close.
  10. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. 756p. Really? Okay, I didn’t realise this book was that big. *shrug* I’ve only read it once and it was…..weird. I didn’t actually mind some of these when I read them. I could see the issues, but they were strangely compelling and are probably the books that actually got me reading YA again but this one…….yeah, it’s quite weird. Even when I was enjoying the rest of them, I thought this one in particular was badly written, plotted and full of terrible ideas. Also…. Renesmee will never not be the worst thing ever. The end.

So there’s my top 10 longest books read, ignoring bind ups and box-sets. There was a time when I sought out the biggest chunksters I could find, wanting bang for my buck. Now with a lot of books to get through, sometimes I’ll actually deliberately avoid something that’s ginormous! But there’s nothing like sinking into a big, meaty story and knowing that you can live in that world for a long time!

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18 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 9th October

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    We have a few books in common this week! I’m intimidated to read Anna Karenina because I thought it was a slog, but maybe i should give it a try!

    • I was intimidated by it too – Russian books are supposed to be pretty difficult but I was honestly surprised by how easily I got into the plot and how much I enjoyed it. I think it’s probably a good place to start for that sort of literature if it interests you!

  2. War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Les Miserables – all of these intimidate the crap out of me! You are awesome. Great list!

    • I’ve owned War & Peace for a while now – probably 7 or 8 years but I haven’t ever cracked it open! There’s a read-a-long which operates most years I think, where if you read a chapter of it a day, you’ll finish it in the year. I keep meaning to try it, because it’s probably quite a manageable way to do it

  3. I’ve read the GoT books and Anna Karenina; I’d like to read Les Misérables too.

    • It’s a good read. It’s dense, but not as dense as I thought it’d be, where I’d be struggling through every page. There’s a lot of time-specific politics which went over my head but the core story is quite interesting.

  4. Greg says:

    Gabaldon’s books seem pretty huge, and yeah Martin’s too (where IS Winds of Winter, George???) And Les Mis seems pretty humongous.

  5. Jazmin Jade says:

    You are the only other person I have seen so far with The Passage on their list as well. I bought this book in an airport and didn’t read or know anything about it before I started. It took me forever to finish and I didn’t realise it was part of a series, so when I got to the ending I was so damn mad about how it ended that I never got over it and didn’t finish the series hahaha

    • Hahaha, I’ve had a book like that before too! Where I got to the end and it was like “to be continued” and I was like nope, not for me thanks! The second book is really good however, should you ever decide to change your mind!

  6. I think that’s why I haven’t started Outlander yet, it is a bit intimidating. There are some many books I want to read and I know once I start Outlander that’s the only thing I will be reading for awhile, haha.
    My longest reads: https://thebookdutchesses.com/2018/10/09/ttt-48-longest-books-ive-ever-read/

  7. The Twilight books were deceiving, I think. Like Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, those books read a lot faster than you’d think.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • Yeah, I have to admit I donated them all a couple years ago so I think I’d just forgotten how big they truly were. But like you said, not long reads as such, just a high page count.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Quite a few Diana Gabaldon novels made it on my TTT post this week. I love her novels.

    Here’s a link to my TTT post this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/10/top-ten-tuesday-longest-books-ive-ever.html

  9. The GoT books are the longest books I’ve read. I didn’t know that until I made my list. I’ve read too many long books.

  10. Great list!
    The Wheel of Time series is like that for me. They are soooo long! Good, but long..

  11. Wow pretty much everything you’ve read is longer than the longest book I’ve ever read (Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix, the edition I read was around 760 pages). I’m definitely a shorter to average length kind of girl, big books scare me (having said that I have enjoyed a lot of them!).
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/top-ten-tuesday-180/

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