Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
October 9: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read
Chunky books (aka long bois) seem to divide opinion in the book community. People either love them or hate them. They’re not great for our TBRs but excellent for our page count stats at the end of the year.
So for this week’s post, I thought it would be fun to compile the ten longest books I’ve read in the last few years, in ascending order. I’m not counting web comics in this, because each ‘boxset’ for those would end up taking up the top five places, and I thought I’d go for novels only this time.
10. The Name of the Wind // 662 pages
In tenth place, with 662 pages, is Patrick Rothfuss’s fantastical adventure novel. This book is one of my all time favourites, but I’ve put off reading the sequel because I know we’re not likely to get the third book for at least another eight years. Give or take another five. (Complaining about the wait for book three of The Name of the Wind seems to be becoming a running theme in my posts.)
9. A Conjuring of Light // 666 pages
A my sweet, sweet beauty, A Conjuring of Light. The final book in my favourite (ever) trilogy. A book that changed my life. When Victoria Schwab was promoting the book before its release date, she kept joking about the fact that this book is 666 pages long and that it made her devilishly happy. (Sorry.) I sailed through this book, though, because it was such a thrilling and tense read, and I would have happily read another 1000 pages.
8. Empire of Storms // 693 pages
I still quite liked SJM books when I read Empire of Storms, so the nearly 700-page long fantasty adventure didn’t feel like a slog to me. SJM seems to plot her novels in a way that means there are lots and lots of smaller plot points that make up the overall story, and at the time of reading, this kept me engaged. (I’m not sure whether it would not.)
7. A Court of Wings and Ruin // 699 pages
Coming in seventh with a chunky 699 pages is ACOWAR. Unlike Empire of Storms, by the time I read A Court of Wings and Ruin, I was pretty tired of SJM’s writing and characterisation. Almost 700 pages of Feyre doing nothing special and having little personality, yet being lauded as a hero was a bit tedious. Plus the amount of toxic masculinity in this novel and alpha male tendencies put me off a lot. So 699 pages was a struggle.
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire // 734 pages
After Prisoner of Askaban, this was the first BIG Harry Potter book I was old enough to read on my own. The first two, my Dad and I read together because I was still very young, and the third one I read on my own but it wasn’t nearly as big as this one. So, at the time of reading, it’s possible that this might have been the biggest book I’d ever read so far, and 734 pages is no mean feat.
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows // 759 pages
Coming in fifth place is Deathly Hallows, which is undoubtedly my favourite Harry Potter book. It’s dark, exciting, and the final showdown had me yelling from the build up of tension. (If I remember rightly, I actually ran round my dining room table six times screaming when Harry defeated Voldemort.) I’m glad this was such a long book, as so many things needed to happen to make this a worth conclusion of such a good series.
4. A Clash of Kings // 784 pages
Although this was by no means the biggest book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, weighing in at a modest 784 pages, A Clash of Kings has some great character development and slowly fills out the world in a dark and invigorating way. I enjoyed Jon’s chapters the most, so I was more motivated to read the less interesting POVs knowing that I’d get round to another of his chapters soon.
3. A Game of Thrones // 802 pages
At a sizeable 802 pages is Game of Thrones. I’d been excited to start GOT for a while when I began reading it, so I flew through the first few chapters. The alternating POVs and introduction of new characters kept things fresh, but the dense world-building meant it was still quite a slow read.
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix // 870 pages
In second place, with 870 pages, is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I remember reading this book because was such a CHUNK. It was the biggest HP book so far to be released and I remember leaning over it on the dining room table because it was too big to lift up. Despite this, I really enjoyed the introduction of the Order, and the ever-darkening tone of the progressing plot.
1. Middlemarch // 904 pages
And the longest book I’ve read, with 904 pages, is Middlemarch. I read this during my first year of university for a literature seminar, and let me tell you, it was slow going. It’s a pastoral novel set in a small village in the English countryside, so the pacing is very leisurely. (Very.) It’s primarily character-driven, so the plot is sparse at times, making it seem longer than it is, despite the main character being reasonably interesting. So, although this is the longest book I’ve read, it wasn’t the most engaging or entertaining unfortunately.
So those are my ten longest books, in ascending order, according to my Goodreads statistics. It’s safe to say that I enjoyed some much more than others, but that there’s definitely something satisfying about holding the weight of a big, hefty book.
What are the longest books you’ve read? Are there any books you wish had been longer?
14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The longest books I’ve read (in ascending order)”
The only books on your list that I’ve read is the Harry Potter series! My TTT looks at the longest books I’ve read in the last two years.
The Harry Potter books surprised me, because they’re longer than I remembered! Altogether, that series must be thousands of pages long. Ooh nice, I’ll be sure to check it out! 🙂
Wow, Empire of Storms was nearly 700 pages? I guess it didn’t feel that long because I listened to the audio!
Yeah, I’d forgotten that it was so big too! Kingdom of Ashes is going to be 800+ pages from what I’ve heard and I’m honestly not that excited at the thought of reading it. I enjoyed her writing and characterisation a lot when I was just getting into Throne of Glass (back when I was 17) but now I feel like I’ve found other authors whose writing I like much more, and have moved on from SJM. So I’ve been dithering about whether to actually read KOA; on the one hand, I don’t really want to, but on the other I do want some closure on the series and I feel like I’ve read all the others so I may as well. I still haven’t decided what to do haha!
Love this big books are the best when your really loving a story! but the worst if you are struggling!
Yeah, you’re spot on! When I’m enjoying a story, I want it to be 700 pages, not 400!
Lovely list! I didn’t even notice how long ACOL was until I read it – I read it as an ebook, so I didn’t realize how massive it actually was, hahaha 🙂
Hahah yes, it’s quite big! Honestly, I’d read another thousand pages of adventures about all my favourites. ❤ I think I remember V saying that she'd originally planned for the series to be four books, but realised that books 3 and 4 would work better as one slightly longer book with some of the unnecessary plot parts edited out. I actually really like the size of it, it's chunky to hold but not too heavy!
Ooh snap with a few of these 🙂
Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones made my list too.
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Haha yes! I read your post and really enjoyed it 😀 Nice to see we’ve read a few of the same beasts!
Great list! Harry Potter & ACOTAR made my list too!
My longest book has been The Stand by Stephen King with 1712 pages, followed by IT with 1534 pages (both in German, that‘s why they‘re so long). So I almost consider 1000 page books as not THAT long because I had „worse“ haha. Great list though!
I forgot to put the Harry Potter books in my Top Ten list :O
I didn’t realise Middlemarch was so long!
Even though I know that the Harry Potter books get a little lengthy, it always surprises me that a children’s/middle grade/young adult book has so many pages! They’re some of my longest reads as well.