The 10 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read · Top Ten Tuesday

The 10 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read · Top Ten Tuesday

this post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This week on Top Ten Tuesday we talk about the longest books we’ve ever read. Coincidentally in my case, 9 out of 10 are part of series, which mostly explains how I could sit and read thousands of pages on the same characters and story. Harry Potter tops the list and is featured in it the most; I certainly can only thank J.K. Rowling for giving us as much as she could. Coming in second place is a couple of entries in the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon. The two tie in number one with the exact same page count! Find out what other giant books I’ve read for the love of a good story in the list below.

The 10 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

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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.

Page Count: 681 (different version than linked)

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 😂

Page Count: 693

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.

Page Count: 704

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.

Page Count: 734

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.

Page Count: 736

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.

Page Count: 743

Longest Books Ever - Breaking Dawn and Deathly Hallows

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.

Page Count: 756

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??).

Page Count: 759

Longest Books Ever - Voyager and Order of the Phoenix

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?

Page Count: 870

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.

Page Count: 870
Have you read even bigger books than these?
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  1. October 9, 2018 / 8:23 PM

    So the first book that comes to mind is It by Stephen King, which was 1116 pages or so. Then Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 which was 1157 pages.. and then, if you consider the fact that this book was in two parts, but it was just one book, The Way of Kings was 1122 pages. I read paperback editions, sometimes this changes the page numbers but yeah, I guess I’ve read quite a few big books.. I’m currently reading one now, Shantaram, which is a little over 900 pages. 🙂

    • October 9, 2018 / 9:08 PM

      Damn those are some big books!! Yeah depending on editions it can vary, but most of mine are paperbacks too, so same! I was aware that IT was huge, but no idea about the others! Honestly because I read so many in ebook format, like I said, half the time I have no notion of the book’s size 😅 

  2. October 10, 2018 / 12:33 PM

    Les Miserables is the first that comes to my mind with 1353. It, The Brothers Karamazov and the Bible also were over 1000 pages

    • October 10, 2018 / 2:29 PM

      I have an edition of Les Miserables that is about 4 volumes, so yeah, it’s BIG. 👏🏻

  3. October 11, 2018 / 3:14 AM

    The harry potter books are definitely some of the longest books I’ve read. Others are The Name of the Wind (and currently reading the sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear – less than 1000 pages) and The ACOTAR trilogy.

  4. October 13, 2018 / 1:25 AM

    Cool list! The Harry Potter books would definitely be at the top of mine. I took a little bit of French classes in college and could barely read anything. I can’t imagine diving into something as deep as HP in another language. That’s sheer determination!!

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