Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This weeks topic is one I was super excited about, as I’ve never really looked at some of the longest books I’ve ever read before, and so I found it really interesting ranking all of my read books in that way. Although I had an idea of some of the books that would be featured on this list, I was still surprised by the length of some novels that I remember being either much longer or much shorter than they actually are. To avoid repeating authors or books in series, such as Cassandra Clare or the Illuminae Files, I also chose to only include one book in a series on this list.
So here are ten of the longest books I’ve ever read!
This action-packed fantasy does not feel like it is 536 pages long, as you are instantly hooked on this story of criminals and trickery that keeps you reading and reading. I adore this book, and this duology as a whole, so its no surprise that I whizzed through all 500-odd pages of this story in no time at all!
This list has given me yet another chance to talk about one of my all time favourite books, as this gorgeous story is quite a long one, even if it is more than worth making your way through every single page. The length of this one may also be why I have been putting off reading this one, despite my adoration of this beautiful book.
Throne of Glass is one series where the books just get longer and longer in length as they go, and so its not surprising that the most recent installment I’ve read is the book on this list. Despite the length of this novel, I did enjoy the fact that it meant we got so much more world building and exploration of this story in this book, so I can’t wait to see if that continues in the next, much longer, installments.
I was actually really surprised to see that this book was one of the longest I’ve ever read, as I didn’t actually love it or hugely enjoy it at all, as can be seen by the fact that I have never continued on the series. In fact, I only read this book after watching the film, as I wanted to see if the book was better, something that is probably a sign that you will not enjoy a story if that is the only reason you want to read it.
This is the second book in one of my old favourite series, the Gone series, and honestly I’m not surprised that one of these books made this list, as I remember thinking they were huge when I was younger! As I binged this entire series, I don’t remember a ton about this individual book, but what I do know is that I adored this series, which is probably why I managed to make it through this huge book in no time at all!
This book holds a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first books I remember reviewing and taking photos of for my blog, all those years ago. It also happened to be the longest book I read in 2015, which is just another indicator in how much my reading tastes have changed not just in genre, but also in length.
Before I decided to take off multiple books in the same series, all three books in the Illuminae Files were featured in these TTT, as they are all over 600 pages in length, with this final installment only just being the longest at 615 pages. All of these books, however, certainly do not feel anywhere near this long, both due to the action-packed, addictive plot, and the unusual format of this story, that is made up of interviews, diary entries and online messages, amongst others.
Whilst I was definitely a fan of twilight when I was younger, it was actually Stephanie Meyer’s other novel, The Host, that really stole my heart, as I remember adoring both this book and the movie adaptation of it. That also may explain why I still own this pretty long book even after getting rid of the entire Twilight series!
Considering the length of all of Cassandra Clare’s novels, it is no surprise that one of them made it on to this list. In fact, if I hadn’t omitted books in the same series, then at least one more of hers would have been on this list, as almost none of her books are under 400 pages!
Finally, we have got to the longest book I have ever read, which turns out to only be a recent read of mine in the fourth installment in the Harry Potter series! I adored where this book took the story and how it moved along the plot so much further than it had before, and so I now cannot wait to continue on with this series very soon.
What are some of the longest books you’ve ever read? What is the longest book on your TBR? Have you read any of these – what did you think?