TTT: Ten Longest Books I’ve Read

This week’s topic was supposed to be Bookish Pet Peeves, but I couldn’t come up with a good list, so I went off-book and picked a topic from a couple of years ago—What are the ten longest books I’ve read?

  1. Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy #3) by Ken Follett. 1098 Pages.
  2. War and Remembrance (The Henry Family #2) by Herman Wouk. 1042 pages.
  3. Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy #1) by Ken Follett. 985 pages.
  4. The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge #1) by Ken Follett. 976 pages.
  5. Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) by Ken Follett. 960 pages.
  6. The Winds of War (The Henry Family #1) by Herman Wouk. 896 pages.
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling. 870 pages.
  8. Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk. 783 pages.
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling. 759 pages.
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling. 734 pages.

I think that it’s intetesting that so many of these books are part of series. I wonder what it is about series that the books just get longer…and longer. I haven’t read Martin’s Ice and Fire series, but I’m given to understand that it’s a good example of this.

Most of these I’ve read relatively recently. I read the Century Trilogy in 2016 (on a cruise, no less!), and Pillars of the Earth in 2010. I read the Potter books on their release days. The Wouk books I read in high school, after I watched the Winds of War miniseries. Ah, the eighties.

So, tell me. Do you like to read long books? What is the longest book you have read? I’ll be looking for your bleary eyes in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

11 thoughts on “TTT: Ten Longest Books I’ve Read

  1. I enjoy a good long book, as long as it’s not just pointlessly padded for length.

    Just going from what I’ve got in GR and using its page counts, the longest non-collection book I’ve read is Les Misérables, at 1,463 pages. (Longest book at all is The Complete Sherlock Holmes, at 1,796 pages)
    I’m seeing 16 read books tracked there of over 1,000 pages.
    (Several books from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive; a couple Tom Clancy novels, Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge #2, Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon & Reamde, James A. Michener’s Chesapeake, and Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War)

    Oh and as an aside – this wasn’t a long novel, but I remember for high school English assignment doing it on the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy because I was so annoyed I wasn’t able to do it on the book I was about to reread anyway; The Hobbit. (We had to read a novel that was also had a critical analysis in the school library’s collection; then write an essay that took into account our reading and that critical analysis. Their collection’s only critical analysis of Tolkien was the 3 books of LorR).

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