The 10 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read
10. Os Maias, by Eça de Queirós
Today’s list begins with a book you probably never heard of and I actually didn’t read: Os Maias. It’s more accurate to say I read enough to pass an exam on it, and never looked back. That said, it’s supposed to be a really good one, as it stands as one of the most popular and acclaimed Portuguese novels of all-time.
09. Empire of Storms, (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
It’s funny because out of the 10 books featured in this list, Empire of Storms is the only one I didn’t read a physical copy of. And something about the ebook format makes you forget just how big a book is. Not to mentioned I basically binge-read all the books in this series, so they’re actually just a gigantic blob to me 😂
08. Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle #2), by Christoper Paolini
Size really does not count as this is a book I found so goddamn boring. I read Eragon back when I was a pre-teen, and it was fine for that age. Then came Eldest and I honestly can’t even tell you what happens in it. Needless to say I dropped the whole series and never so much as glanced at Brisingr.
07. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling
This was the first (!) book I ever read in English, so call me nothing but an overachiever. I must’ve been about 11 years old, and very determined. Nearly 800 pages later I distinctively recall not understanding half of it, but that’s the secret to learning a new language, isn’t it? Go all in, and don’t give up. That’s what Goblet of Fire did for me.
06. Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon #1), by Dan Brown
I, along with half the world’s population, went through a Dan Brown craze. It was a good thing as it got me out of my cheap romance novels and into crime/thrillers, which I instantly grew to love! You’re more than likely familiar with The Da Vinci Code, and probably the Tom Hanks movies too, so you know what to expect here. Angels & Demons is clever and entertaining throughout, I couldn’t put it down for a second.
05. Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2), by Diana Gabaldon
As with J.K. Rowling, I can only thank Diana Gabaldon for the Outlander series size, and beg for more. They are SO good, and the show is the definition of an adaptation done right. I love the characters and the setting (guaranteed you’ll fall in love with Scotland and Highland culture), and I never tire of writing about it! Dragonfly in Amber is the second book in the series, and very much worth reading. By the way, since the show returns on November 4th, I’ve just began rewatching the series and reading the books up until, and including, Drums of Autumn (I stopped with Voyager because I didn’t want to get ahead of the show). So expected posts/social media things on it, but with October Horror going on, they should come in November only.
04. Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4), by Stephenie Meyer
Yes I read this, and I stand by my saying that the first movie is a classic. Breaking Dawn is currently starring at me from my shelf and I can confirm it’s huge. That’s all I have to say.
03. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
Of course the final chapter in the HP series had to be enormous (this post really is an exercise on synonyms, eh?), but funny enough, it’s not the longest of the seven Harry Potter books. Deathly Hallows was a fascinating and emotional read, and I’m diving right back into it when I read the series all over again (right after Outlander – why does everything have to come out in November??).
02. Voyager (Outlander #3), by Diana Gabaldon
I think it’s rather cute that number one and two have the exact same page count, isn’t it? Well Voyager is one epic, devastating read. If separation gives you anxiety, this book will wreck you. I gotta say I like Roger and Brianna, so while I have no idea if the Claire/Jamie duo stays until the end of the series (as I mentioned before, I don’t even read blurbs for these books 😬), I think it will be fine with the rest of the characters. But I want Claire and Jamie, okay?
01. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
We’ve made it! Here lies the longest book I’ve ever read. And oh wow, that was one unforgettable read. Long before Shonda Rhimes’s signature character killings, there was J.K. Rowling, finishing our beloved characters with great precision, for maximum emotional impact. And Order of the Phoenix was precisely the book that set the tone for the others to come. It’s going to be fun reliving it.