Top Ten Tuesday: The longest books I’ve ever read… and the longest books I’ve read 2017/2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is The Longest Books I’ve Ever Read. I actually did this topic back in 2015 as a TTT freebie, and that list hasn’t changed… so I thought I’d repeat those, but also mention the longest books I’ve read more recently (2017-2018).

First, my ten longest books ever (according to Goodreads, based on mass market paperback editions):

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)

 

My more recent reading has been a bit less ambitious — here are my longest reads from 2017 – 2018:

1. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (1,117 pages)

2. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (826 pages)

3. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (819 pages)

4. Rise: A Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant (816 pages)

5. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (702 pages)

6. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (656 pages)

7. The Angry Tide by Winston Graham (624 pages)

8. Feed by Mira Grant (599 pages)

9. Caliban’s War by James S. A Corey (595 pages)

10. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (592 pages)

What books are on your list this week? Please share your TTT link!

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27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The longest books I’ve ever read… and the longest books I’ve read 2017/2018

  1. Okay, I’m impressed. I have that Hamilton biography, and the only reason I haven’t read it yet is the length. 826 pages and it still isn’t on your longest books of all time list? Wow.

    • The Hamilton biography actually went pretty quickly, believe it or not. I started it as an audiobook, but couldn’t focus on the details, so switched over to print (and had to start over again from the beginning.) This was in the midst of my Hamilton-mania, so being able to sing relevant songs to myself while reading definitely helped! 🙂

      • Oh that’s good to know! I do look forward to reading it, even though it’s long. I suspect that reading the bio will have me playing the soundtrack on a loop again, though. 😉

    • I seem to get inspired by musicals — I read Les Miserables ages ago after getting hooked on the Broadway soundtrack! It probably helped that I’d just moved to a new town and wasn’t working, so I had plenty of time on my hands for tackling such a huge book. 🙂

    • It’s definitely hard to get motivated to start a huge book now, unless it’s by one of my super-favorite authors. Maybe it’s partly related (for me) to doing Goodreads challenges — in the time it takes to read one huge book, I could read 2 or 3 smaller ones!

    • Gabaldon books are huge! I didn’t really realize that the Gemma Doyle (Libba Bray) books were that big… but now that I’m looking, they do seem to take up quite a bit of shelf space.

  2. Impressive – Some of the longest books I’ve ever read are War and Peace (read it as part of a college course), Gone With the Wind and Atlas Shrugged (which took me many months to finish). I’d say any book now that is over 450 pages qualifies as a long book, wouldn’t you?

    • Ha, I’d say anything over 400 is long! (As a rule of thumb, my book group sets a limit at 400 — anything more, and we start losing participants. It’s hard to commit to a long book for book group when we all have so many other books to read as well). I read Anna Karenina ages ago. I wonder why that didn’t come up for me when I was looking for my longest books? It certainly felt like it went on forever!

    • GRRM’s books are huge, and so dense! Thank goodness for fandom wiki pages, otherwise it would be impossible to keep all the characters straight..

    • It’s worth the effort! Although be aware ahead of time that there are some realllly long sections about the Paris sewers and convents and other elements that are really just background, but seem to go on forever. 🙂 (I’m still glad I read it.)

    • I really need to read The Stand again someday. I read it back in high school, and only remember the vague outlines. Then again, with so many of King’s books yet to read, it feels silly to spend time on something I’ve read already.

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