Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - The Longest Books I've Ever Read

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is The Longest Books I've Ever Read.  Now I'm going to be honest - I'm not a chunkster fan.  If I see a book that has 600+ pages I'm probably going pass on it.  I might consider getting the audio but even then it takes me awhile to work up my courage to get started.  I think a lot of this is due to the sheer volume of books I have lurking in the corners demanding to be read but honestly this was the case even before the stacks got quite so large.  I went back into the archives and here are 10 of the books that are 500+ pages that I've read since 2004 (there are more but not as many as you'd think!)!

1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (672 pages) - I read this one 2 years ago and it was absolutely gorgeous.  I read it a chapter a night and it was my favorite part of the day for quite some time!

2.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1037 pages) - I was really surprised with how different this was from the movie.  It isn't on my all time favorites list but I'm glad I read it.

3.  Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher (977 pages) - I was surprised to see just how many pages this book is.  It certainly didn't feel that long though I wouldn't exactly call it a quick read either.  This is a rather epic saga encompassing boarding school and war and house parties and friendship and betrayal and pretty much everything else you can think of.

4.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (734 pages) - I'm embarrassed to admit this is the last Harry Potter book I've read.  I really enjoyed it but I was so emotionally exhausted after this one (don't really remember why) that I never picked up the next book.

5.  Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards (538 pages) - This was the first book in a series centered around quilts by Emilie Richards and it was lovely.  Sad and tragic and funny and healing all at once.  Just thinking about this one makes me want to reread it.

6.  Agatha Christie: An Autobiography by Agatha Christie (560 pages) - This is probably my favorite autobiography of all time.  I loved getting Christie's story of her life.

7.  Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer (754 pages) - I read this one because my oldest daughter was reading them and I wanted to be able to talk about them with her.  We talked a LOT about healthy relationships while reading this series.

8.  Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (511 pages) - I remember nothing about this book but I do love this author.  She does such a fantastic job of setting the scene!

9.  At Home by Bill Bryson (497 pages) - Okay, so this isn't over 500 pages but it FELT long.  It was fascinating but it was so detailed that I think I'd have to reread it regularly to retain more than just a few pieces of information.

10.  The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (648 pages) - This was the first Kate Morton book I ever read and I absolutely loved it!

What is the longest book you've ever read?  Are you a chunkster lover?


  1. Wow Gone With The Wind is quite the long book! And Breaking Dawn- I guess I never realized the Twilight books were that long.

  2. My edition of the Goblet of Fire was down in the 500+ pages but Order of the Phoenix, Gone With The Wind and Breaking Dawn are in my big list!

  3. I've never read Gone With the Wind, but as long as that movie was, I shouldn't be surprised at the length of the book! Like you, my mind can't handle long books the way I used to, but I remember devouring The Stand by Stephen King, Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and of course my fave - The Lord of the Rings. Happy Tuesday and Hugs! RO

  4. I am not a huge fan of big books either! HP and Twilight made my list too :)

  5. Honestly Goblet of Fire is where the series turns very dark. The last two are still very good, of course, but revisiting the series on audio over the past year reminded me that that one was the turning point

  6. I am not a big chunkster reader but have read all the Outlander books and they are mostly pretty sizeable. And have read Coming Home too. Loved Wedding Ring and did do a reread just last year! I have read a few Penny Vincenzi and she is up there in the 700 odd pages. I plan to read Lonesome Dove - maybe next year and I know that's got a lot of pages!

  7. And just filled up my tea cup and remembered that Lucinda Riley's Seven Sisters books are over the 600 mark. Maybe I am a part time chunkster reader!

  8. Harry Potter made my list. I really want to read Gone With The Wind, but it’s so long!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. I'm still hoping to get to The Woman In White this month!

  10. Kate Morton writes such chunky books, but as you immerse yourself in her stories, they book just whizzes on by - one of the things I love about her writing. Also, I imagine the Agatha Christie autobiography to be pretty fascinating; will have to look into that one.

  11. I didn't realize The Woman in White was that long! 😱