Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books over 1,000 pages… and yes, I’ve read them!

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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:

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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.

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63 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books over 1,000 pages… and yes, I’ve read them!

    • What, no Stephen King? He’s so brilliant. I do need to re-read The Stand, actually, because I read it so long ago that I only remember the vaguest outline of the story.

    • Ha, in both cases I was inspired by other media to read the books! I read GWTW after seeing the movie, and I read Les Mis before seeing the musical on Broadway. 🙂

  1. WOW, those are really massive books! How long did it take for you to finish them? I’ve also read the GRRM books and Jonathan Strange, as well as books by Sanderson (The Way of Kings) and Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time series), who were not shy to pass the 1k mark at all. I always loved them thick books, makes the experience longer and sweeter 🙂

    • Some of these went really fast — the Outlander series books, I pretty much read straight through with as few breaks as possible, so I’d say about a week!

  2. Omg!!! Holy crap!! That’s crazy!!! I’m bowing down to your amazingness!! I didn’t even think they were allowed to print books that long!! It would take me the better part of a month to finish just one of those books! I think the longest book I’ve read would probably be like 800-900 pages I don’t think I’ve ever read one over 1000!!!

  3. I’ve tried Les Mis and I keep getting distracted – I think I’m halfway through Marius right now (I may need to go back to the beginning, since its been over a year).

    We are the same on the Diana Gabaldon books (I’ve read the 2 you listed, plus your honorable mention)

    other books – Kushiel’s Dart was a longie that I read and loved – I keep meaning to pick up the rest of the series, but haven’t yet. I also have lots in the 900-1000pg realm (Middlemarch, Pillars of the Earth etc)

    • One of these days, I WILL read Middlemarch! I keep waiting for my book group to pick it, but I may end up reading it on my own instead. What can I say, I love the Outlander books and have read them all several times by now!

  4. I have les Miserables on my TBR, and this summer I read “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel”, which is in your honourable mentions. The longest book I’ve ever read was probably the Lord of the Rings trilogy – my edition contains all three books, is in hardback and weights approximately a hundred tons.
    Check out my TTT !

    • I know, I’d forgotten how huge Shogun was too! (Hurray for Goodreads stats 🙂 ). I don’t necessarily set out to read massive books… but there is something so satisfying about getting to the end of something over 1000 pages.

  5. You’re one awesome reader! I can’t even start page 1 of Les Miserables lol. My first ever entry for this will probably be GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire… That is of I finish it.

    • Aw, thanks! Les Mis is a real beast to read, I have to say. I happened to read it at a time in my life when I needed something huge and complicated, but I’m not sure if I’d ever give it a try otherwise.

    • Under the Dome is so awesome! I loved that book, and 11/22/63 also. Outlander is amazing, and the first book isn’t even all that long. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I haven’t read any of these. Goodreads tells me that the longest book I’ve read so far is A Game of Thrones which I hated and then didn’t continue with the series. Then it’s the Harry Potter books.

    My list

  7. I’d be hard pressed to think of all the books that I’ve read that would fall under this category. I’m not good at remembering page counts. Like The Witching Hour. I devoured that book when I read it. It didn’t feel that long. The Stand was another fairly quick read despite its size. I haven’t read any of the other books you mention other than Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I don’t think my copy came out over 1000. I started Les Miserables years ago and was distracted by all the college reading I was required to do. Someday I would like to start it again. Great topic!

    • Thank you! It was hard to be really exact on the page count — so for Jonathan Strange, my hardcover is under 1000 pages, but the paperback edition is over!

  8. You have read some awesomely long books. I love that Gone With the Wind made this list. The whole reason I picked it up in my grade school library was because it was the biggest book I could find. 🙂
    The longest book I have read so far this year is Cress by Marissa Meyer.
    I think the longest book I have ever read is The Count of Monte Cristo (unabridged) which is just shy of 1500 pages.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow! And I thought the 800-something page book I read this year was long. I don’t know if I’ve read a book over a thousand pages. I binge read series that add up to lots of pages, does that count? Lol. I don’t mind long books if they’re good, but I’m not a DNFer. Once I start a book, I almost always finish it, so I’m picky if I’m going to start something long. Here’s my TTT 🙂

    • What 800-page book did you read?? LOL, I think binge reading a series should definitely count! I’ve become more of a DNFer in recent years — just not willing to spend my time on something I’m not enjoying. Thanks for stopping by!

      • It was actually a self-published book (I know, I took a chance considering the length lol, but the ebook only cost me 99 cents) called Fallocaust. Definitely not a book for everyone though. It had some good things that made it worth the read, but it wasn’t a series I continued. When it comes to DNFing, I feel like all the time I already spent reading would be wasted if I stopped, but, if I finish the book, even if I hated it, it doesn’t feel wasted, and it might end up redeeming itself or have something in it that makes it worthwhile. It’s an uncommon perspective, I know lol.

  10. I thought for sure I was going to open this post and not see a single one I’ve read. lol Yay! I’ve read 3 of them! (The Outlanders and the GRRM). I recently put Shogun on my list because it sounds fantastic. All others are also on my list except for Hawaii so I’m going to have to check that one out. Super anxious to read The Stand but I’m reading a few other Kings before I dive head first into that one. 🙂

    • Ooh, if you like Shogun, you could check out the 1980s mini-series (Richard Chamberlain!) after you read the book. Soooo good (in my memory, but who knows? could be totally cheesy now).

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