Monday, October 08, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Longest Books I’ve Ever Read, at least according to Goodreads. Whether I read a longer book before I began keeping track, I cannot say. By the end of the year, I hope to add two more books to this list, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.


The Stand by Stephen King (1,439 pgs)





Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke (1,006 pgs)




The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (973 pgs)



The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (944 pgs)




I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb (897 pgs)




A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (848 pgs)




The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald (848 pgs)





Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (838 pgs)





Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin (768 pgs)




Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (759 pgs)


What are some the longest  books you have read? 



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57 comments:

  1. The Stand and Deathly Hallows made my list. I can't believe I've never read War and Peace. I really need to do that. Thanks for sharing.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2018/10/top-ten-tuesday-longest-books-ive-ever.html

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    1. Cheryl - I am liking War and Peace more than I thought I would. It just took a little bit to get into. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I had Pillars and Game of Thrones on my list too! Congrats on reading Anna Karenina - that's some intense reading! Great list! :) My TTT : http://birdbooksandcoffee.blogspot.com/2018/10/top-ten-tuesday.html

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    1. Jessica - I loved Anna Karenina. I am not sure I like War and Peace as much--although I am enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I didn't know that The Stand was that long. It would have bumped one of the books off my list. I've also read I Know This Much is True, Anna Karinena, and Game of Thrones. I want to read War and Peace and Les Misérables as well.

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    1. Brooke - I read the uncut version, although the original published version was pretty long on its own too. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Why are some classics so long haha? And wow- The Pillars of the Earth is quite the chunkster also, isn't it? :)

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    1. Greg - I am not sure--if my two current ones are anything to go by, it's because the authors like to use a lot of words. LOL The Pillars of the Earth went so fast for me. It didn't seem so long when I was reading it. Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. Game of Thrones is the only book on your list this week that I have read. I really wanted to enjoy it but it was just way too dense for e and I felt like I was trapped within it pages hahaha

    My TTT https://wp.me/p3ftwe-YR

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    1. Jazmin - I am sorry A Game of Thrones didn't work for you. I loved it. I need to read the rest of the books now. Thank you for visiting!

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  6. I actually forgot how long the Deathly Hallows was. When I read it, I didn't feel the page count, you know? But in other books I do, so I tend to avoid 500+ pages books. They are just too much for my brain to handle for some reason.

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    1. Verushka - I didn't feel the page count either with any of the Harry Potter books. They all went way too fast. Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. It's been a while since I've read a big book. I avoid them these days. My sister loves them, though - she says she gets more for her money with them.

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    1. Kathy - I enjoy a big book, but admit I tend to go for shorter ones more often than not for time purposes. Thank you for visiting!

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  8. I've only read a few of these, but Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is on my TBR! I'll have to look in the library!

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    1. Eustacia - I really enjoyed Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and it is one of my husband's favorite books. I hope you enjoy it if you read it. Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. Only one classic made my list, Jane Eyre. I've thought about reading more. Sometimes, I want to but most times I don't. My longest books are from the Twilight series and the Lunar Chronicles series.

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    1. Amy - Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorites. I enjoy classics from time to time--a lot depends on what the book is about. But then, that's true for all books I read. I've read the Twilight books and first book in the Lunar Chronicles. Thank you for visiting!

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  10. Stephen King can sure write some long books!

    I tagged you for my original book tag! https://sweetcherry69.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-nightmare-before-christmas-book-tag.html

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    1. Carrie - Yes, he can! Thank you for tagging me. :-) And for stopping by.

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  11. The Stand is on my list as well. It's the first Stephen King book I ever read. I've been hooked ever since.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. Aymee - I liked The Stand. I have only read four King novels so far and have a couple more on my TBR pile. Not all his books appeal to me, but several do. I really admire the author in general and think he's a great storyteller. Thank you for visiting!

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  12. I've read a few of these.... how did you like Winter's Tale? It's one I just could not get through.

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    1. Jeane - Of all the books on this list, that was the one I liked the least. I thought it was okay--there were parts I really liked. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Oh yay! I love Wally Lamb. Great to see one of his books on your list. I think it's the only one I've seen today. Here's my TTT.

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    1. Kasey - I enjoy Wally Lamb's work also. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  14. Nice! I meant to do this TTT, but ran out of time. (I suppose I could still squeeze it in!) Longest books I've read would include The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear, Gone With the Wind, HP and the Order of the Phoenix, and HP and the Deathly Hallows.

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    1. Lark - I would really like to read The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. I've heard wonderful things about both. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Wendy, you forgot ORDER OF THE PHOENIX at 870 pages!

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    1. Donna Marie - My copy was only 766 pages. It didn't make the list because I was only looking at books I read once I started tracking my reading. Order of the Phoenix was in my pre-book journaling days. Thanks for visiting!

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    2. ah, maybe mine is 870 as a paperback. Don't know!

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  16. That's funny, two of the longest books I've read are the same as yours: The Stand, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. My other longest read? Atlas Shrugged which has 1,070 pages. Cheers!

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    1. Lark - I haven't gotten to Atlas Shrugged. Maybe one of these days. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  17. This is not a political statement, it just indicates my interest in all things Civil War : Gone With the Wind, and Douglas Southall Freeman's 4 volume of Roert E. Lee and 3 volume "Lee's Lieutenants." Each volume is more than 700 pages.

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    1. Mary - I saw Gone With the Wind on a few lists. My dad was really into the Civil War when he was alive and my mom gave my husband a lot of my dad's old books. Thank you for visiting!

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  18. Quite a few these are on my TBR list! :)
    I wish I had included page count with my post.

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    1. Shannon - I hope you enjoy whichever ones you read! Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. We have a lot of books in common! My list is pretty much all Stephen King and George RR Martin. Those authors don’t seem capable of writing reasonable-length books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. AJ - Yes, King and Martin do tend to write tomes. LOL Thanks for visiting!

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  20. Those are some chunky reads! I used to read longer books and not mind too much but now I tend to choose shorter novels. So cool that you are going to read those other two classics this year. You can do it!

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    1. Iliana - I tend to gravitate more toward shorter books too. I am making good progress on both Les Misérables and War and Peace. I hope to finish both by the New Year. I have just over a quarter to go in each book. Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. I have not read any of the novels on your TTT post! They look like really good reads. Hopefully one day I'll be able to get around to reading a few of them!

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

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    1. Captivated Reader - I hope you enjoy any of the ones you decide to read! Thank you for visiting!

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  22. KUDOS to you for reading all of these, Wendy!! :)

    The only book on your list that I ATTEMPTED to read was "Anna Karenina". I couldn't finish it. Aside from the fact that I actively dislike reading anything related to infidelity -- having been cheated on myself -- the book has chapters that are totally UNRELATED to the story. In fact, these chapters would have worked as a separate nonfiction book! I happen to own this very same edition, too. I love the cover, but that's about it.

    As for "Winter's Tale", it's been languishing on my shelves for the looooongest time, lol. I have the hardcover edition with the horse and starry blue background on the cover. Yeah, I know.... I need to actually READ it! Lol.

    Thanks for sharing!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!! <3 <3 :) :)

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    1. Maria - I loved Anna Karenina, but I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone. The Russian classic authors do tend to go on sometimes. Of course, Victor Hugo who was French could too. I don't mind though. I am enjoying both War and Peace and Les Misérables. I sometimes will shy away from books about infidelity, but I don't go out of my way to avoid them all together. For me, it depends on how the subject matter is presented. And Anna's story was only a fraction of the novel, and I was more deeply involved with other main characters in the book. But I can understand your wanting to avoid the topic whenever possible given your personal experience.

      If you read Winter's Tale, I hope you like it more than I did. It was okay, but I was expecting much more from it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Wow, I didn't realize The Stand was such a monster of a book! The Crimson Petal and the White is one I'd like to read some day.

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    1. Suzanne - I read the uncut version of The Stand, which is a bit longer than the original. Although that one is long too. It didn't feel that long when I read it. I hope you enjoy The Crimson Petal and the White if you read it. I liked it! Thanks for visiting!

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  24. I tend to shy away from longest books yet I'd like to give The Stand a try since I've heard nothing but good reviews about that book. And of course I couldn't resist from reading Harry Potter books because they're so much fun and full of adventures.

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    1. Melody - The Stand reads faster than it looks. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it the way many have. Hopefully you will enjoy it if you do read it! You can't go wrong with Harry Potter. :-)

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  25. I always forget how long The Stand was - I was just so wrapped up in it!

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    1. Lisa - King is such a good storyteller. I didn't notice the length either while i was reading it.

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  26. Quite a list! I didn't know The Stand was that long. Mine are Gone with the Wind (900+), Anna Karenina (800+), and Nicholas Nickleby (~800).

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    1. Charlie - Ever since reading Jane Steele, I have been wanting to read Nicholas Nickleby. Maybe one of these days. :-)

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  27. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is one of my favorites! Great picks!

    Check out The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag

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    1. Lauren - It is a great book. Thanks for visiting!

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  28. The Deathly Hallows was on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/top-ten-tuesday-180/

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    1. Jo - I love the Harry Potter books. They never felt all that long when I was reading them.

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