Top Ten Tuesday – Longest Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic is the longest books I’ve ever read. I typically read books between 400 and 600 pages, so I tend towards the long end of the spectrum anyway, but when I start creeping towards 1000, that’s notable, even for me.

Knocking out 4 spots are books #2 through #5 of the Song of Ice and Fire. A Clash of Kings clocks in at 768 pages, A Feast For Crows is 753 pages, and A Storm of Swords is 973 pages, making it the third longest book I’ve ever read. The second longest book I’ve read is #5 in the series, A Dance with Dragons, clocking in 1056 pages!

The rest of these I’ll list in order of size. The longest book I’ve ever read – I think – is actually one long poetry book, Gooberz, by Linda Goodman, back when I was going through my astrology phase. It was 1081 pages! Inheritance by Christopher Paolini is the fourth-longest book I’ve read, at 849 pages. Power, Faith, and Fantasy by Michael B. Oren, on American’s involvement in the middle east, is 832 pages.

From here we drop back into the 700s, with Orcs by Stan Nicholls (769 pages), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (759 pages), andΒ Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook, at 752 pages.

I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything longer than these, but it is possible. There are several I’ve read in the lower 700s that only barely didn’t make the cut.

Update, after checking other people’s Top Tens: I should have included Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear! There also seems to be a lot of variance in actual page counts on some of these books. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix seems to actually be longer than Deathly Hallows, by some counts. So that should have been on here too! Whoops.



6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Longest Books I’ve Read

  1. Some books just end way too fast and others seem like they never will, but 1,000 pages? Has he/she never heard of a series? And wait, Martha Stewart cleaning her own patio doors? Yeah, right, looks like Windex but is probably vinegar and blue dye #2. πŸ˜…

  2. Storm of Swords is the longest book I have read too! Isn’t Order of the Phoenix longer than Deathly Hallows? Or did I get bamboozled by goodreads by picking the wrong edition? Also you are the only other person I’ve seen with Inheritance on their list!

  3. Great list! A couple of yours made my list, too. I took my wordcounts from Goodreads, so it’s totally possible they differ from an actual physical copy. Maybe different printings come out to different pages? Hard cover versus paperback? I’ve never thought to check. Anyway, here’s my TTT.

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