I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start! This week I’m deviating from the set path and choosing an old topic. This week’s actual topic was about food/drinks you eat when reading but I don’t eat or drink when I read!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s prompt is:
Longest Book I’ve Read
So today instead we’re going to look at the longest books I’ve ever read – over all 9 years on which I’ve been active on Goodreads. Interestingly, most of these are more recent since I’ve put more emphasis on reading longer books, but a few hark back some years. Let’s do this in order of shortest to longest (and I’ll only have one book per series represented (i.e. this list would be 50% Outlander books otherwise)). It would be an awesome goal to someday make this list exclusively for reads over 1000 pages but that is possibly a little ambitious.
by Cornelia Funke
Page Count: 655
Coming in at number one is Inkspell. This is the second book in the Inkworld series and boy did I feel every one of those 655 pages. This is a thick, children’s fiction book which many of you, I’m sure, are familiar with. I do love the world that is hidden in these pages but I’m also not sure if I’ll ever finish the series – I just find these to be laborious reads for me!
2. American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
Page Count: 682
The second book on this list is American Gods. This is an epic tale that I’m honestly surprised isn’t even longer. So many stories are squeezed into these pages and I feel like the TV series on Prime Video has done a really good job in capturing that sense of this being a saga.
3. A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 699
I honestly never associate this as being a ‘long’ book in my mind. I forget it is nearly 700 pages and this is partially due to the fact that, despite its size, I read this in three days. This is possibly the fastest I have ever read a book (maybe with the exception of Falling Kingdoms which I read in one day . . . or Daughter of Smoke and Bone which I think I did in two). There’s something enrapturing and addictive about a Sarah J. Maas book and this is no exception.
4. Empire of Storms
by Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 704
I am yet to read the final instalment to this series (also Tower of Dawn) which is over 900 pages, so for now, Empire of Storms is my longest read from the ToG series. I always forget that this is a hefty 700-page story because, in hardback, it really doesn’t look it. Yet a sweeping tale brimming with characters in plenty sits snuggly in the whisper-thin pages of this book.
5. The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss
Page Count: 722
For a book that is infamous for being long, this only sits at halfway up my list. However, I remember this always as being a particularly thick read because I own the trade paperback with means it’s stout as well, and even thicker. Yet, if this book was double the length it wouldn’t be a bad thing. It’s brilliant.
6. Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer
Page Count: 756
Is this perhaps the first time I have actually spoken about Twilight on my blog? Mayhaps. I have no real vendetta against this series: it was brilliant when I was the right age for it and it was all the rage. I am proud of my much younger self for conquering those 756 pages which is a great achievement for someone who really wasn’t a big reader at that point in their life.
7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by J. K. Rowling
Page Count: 766
Finally! An HP hits the list. Having reread this, I would say this book stands tall on its own two feet in proving how great a read it is. I don’t reread often and I certainly am not one to reach for a chunky read I’ve already conquered. But I would go as far as to say this is my favourite book in the series and I desperately wish it had been longer. This book needed to be nearly 800 pages, Rowling need not regret its size one iota.
8. A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin
Page Count: 780
Honestly, I’m just looking forward to the day where I read the subsequent books in this series so I can splash around an even more impressive page count. I’m not so thrilled with these books being as long as they are. Whilst this is one of my favourite books of all time, I can’t say I didn’t feel relieved when I finally reached the end!
9. The Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon
Page Count: 827
THIS WAS LONG. It was almost worth it but I have a rather unpopular opinion over this story truth be told. You can read my review or watch my YouTube review for further thoughts. I’m proud to have finished this mammoth, but I’d probably tell myself not to bother wasting so much time if I could go back.
10. The Fiery Cross
by Diana Gabaldon
Page Count: 1,443
To blow this out of the park, we’re finishing with The Fiery Cross, the fifth Outlander (if I had included other books from the same series in this list, you would’ve seen three other Outlander books, all near the top spot). This series is a huge commitment and even after finishing this ridiculously big book, I am in love. I love this world and I can truly never get enough of it. It’s always worth it.
That’s a wrap!
What’s the longest book you’ve ever read?