Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week is a FREEBIE week, meaning we can choose our own Top Ten topic, whatever strikes our fancy.
I came up with a bunch of ideas, but then thought I’d keep it simple and go by the numbers — in this case, page numbers. I can’t say for sure that these are absolutely the ten longest books I’ve ever read, since it was hard to be certain if I was always comparing similar editions. For consistency’s sake, whenever possible, I’m using the page count from the mass market paperback edition, just to get an apples-to-apples comparison — but I can’t be 100% sure that I’ve always picked the right version. So let’s just say that my figures are using the *close enough* standard…
Without further ado, here are (according to Goodreads) ten of the longest books I’ve ever read:
1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1,463 pages)
2. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (1, 443 pages)
3. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (1,439 pages)
4. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (1,177 pages)
5. The Stand by Stephen King (1,167 pages)
6. Shogun by James Clavell (1,210 pages)
7. War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk (1,056 pages)
8. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice (1,038 pages)
9. Hawaii by James Michener (1,036 pages)
10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1,011 pages)
Honorable mention: In some cases, it was really too close to call. Depending on the edition, I could also easily have included:
- A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
- It or Under the Dome by Stephen King
- Alaska by James Michener
- The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
- The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
What’s the longest book you’ve ever read? Let me know if we have any of these HUGE books in common.
And hey — what was your freebie topic this week? Share your links, please, and I’ll come check out your top 10!
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