Longest books I’ve read | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Now, these ‘longest books I’ve read’ only included the ones I documented on Goodreads. I started documenting my reads on there in 2013, I believe, but I also added some books I remembered reading before that. Still, some might have slipped my mind. Let’s get into it!

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
I didn’t want to split this series up because otherwise half of my list would just be A Song of Ice and Fire related. The one with the highest page count is A Storm of Swords which has 1178 pages. But I also have A Dance With Dragons (1125 pages), A Feast for Crows (1061 pages)  and A Game of Thrones (848 pages) on my list.

Heir of Novron and Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan
Once again, I grouped these two books together because they’re both in the top 10 but belong to the same series. Rise of Empire is the second volume in the Riyria Revelations and comes in at 786 pages, and Heir of Novron is the third volume which has 932 pages.

Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders #1) by Robin Hobb
A Robin Hobb book! All the books in this series are quite long, but I’ve only read the first one so far. I loved this book. In fact, I love all of the Robin Hobb books I’ve read so far. Ship of Magic has 880 pages.

Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
All the books in this series are massive, and I have completely given up on continuing the series. However, I did enjoy the first book which has 850 pages. I’ll just watch the TV show instead of reading the next 8 or 9 books that all have like 700+ pages…

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle #4) by Christopher Paolini
The novels in this series become progressively larger as the series goes on. As the last book in the series (so far), Inheritance comes in with a whopping 849 pages. I’m due for a re-read on this series. It’s so nostalgic and I’m in love with it.

Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
I was so surprised when this book was release, because it was massive, especially compared to the other books in the series. While I enjoyed this finale, I do think it could’ve been somewhat shorter. Winter has 827 pages.

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson
I’m not surprised Brandon Sanderson is on this list. His books are quite chunky too. I am surprised the second book is the longest. Looking at them on my shelf, they don’t seem that different. The Well of Ascension has 781 pages.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I didn’t love this one as much as The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Still, The Goldfinch is 771 pages long!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (HP #5) by J.K. Rowling 
Harry Potter on the list! I remember being really surprised at how long the fifth book is when I first read it. In fact, I saw my cousin’s little son read it a few weeks ago and it blew my mind. He’s 8, and he was holding the ginormous book and loving every page. I’m not a parent, so I have absolutely no idea when children move on to bigger books. I’m sure he didn’t grasp everything, but it’s still amazing to me!

The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin 
Man, this book is long. And it is not fast-paced either, so I felt like it took me ages to get through. Despite that, I still enjoyed reading it. This is an adult apocalyptic science fiction novel of 766 pages. I really want to continue the series at some point but I have forgotten what happened in the first book and I really don’t want to re-read it right now. Can someone message me on Twitter and tell me??

Those are 10 of the longest books I’ve read. I left out a bind-up of a trilogy and combined series so I didn’t have a list with 50% George R.R. Martin on it. Have you read any of these books? What are the longest books you’ve read?

28 thoughts on “Longest books I’ve read | #TopTenTuesday

  1. Ahh that is so so adorable and epic that your cousin’s kid was already into huge book! I feel like kids can either be too intimidated or really love the challenge of conquering?! My nephew is 8 and not into massive long books yet, buuut neither am I.😂Although they can be SO GOOD, I just always end up a bit exhausted.😂Game of Thrones was a MASSIVE effort (glad I went with the audios and didn’t break my wrists haha) and I kind of want to watch Outlander but not sure I’d actually get to the books. Which is probably a huge bookworm taboo.😂


  2. I don’t think I actually realised just how long the ASOIAF books were when I read them (I read them on my kindle). But I looked them up for my own list and Damn. Over a thousand pages in a book is just…. What?!


  3. Huge Outlander fan here, so naturally I think reading ALL the books is worth it! 🙂 But the show is a great alternative – can’t wait for season 4! A Storm of Swords in on my list this week too. I didn’t realize Winter was that long! I definitely read it, but I think it all passed by in one big blur for me. Nice list!


  4. Gimme all the 500+ paged fantasy books yes!!! I love how I can just forget about my own life and dive into these long stories in another world ❤ Great list, Jolien!


  5. Fantasy novels really do get an unfair advantage this week, don’t they?

    Although A Song of Ice and Fire didn’t quite make the cut in my top ten longest ever reads (the hardcover Feast for Crows is ‘only’ 750 pages and A Dance with Dragons missed out on the tenth spot by a single page. Ouch)


      1. I think the size of the world and the cast definitely play a part! I’ll freely admit the longest book I’ve read in the last year was ‘only’ just over 700 pages. The 1000 page doorstops definitely take another level of up front motivation these days 😉

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