Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is all about the longest books we’ve read. This is perhaps the easiest one of all to research because all I have to do is go to Goodreads and sort haha! I have, however, divided them into two categories…
Also observed: none of these are considered true ‘Christian fiction’. An interesting observation to me, considering how most of my reading list is from Christian fiction. Yet, the longest reads go to mainstream titles.
Longest Books I Read & Enjoyed
Let’s start with 4 books that I’m counting as 1 of my allotted 10 titles (my blog, my rules lol) – all 4 of them were in the top 5 of the longest books I’ve read. Order of the Phoenix clocked in at 870 pages, Deathly Hallows at 759, Goblet of Fire at 734, and Half-Blood Prince at 652.
I love the Harry Potter series so much – I don’t often reread books and I almost never listen to audiobooks but I have read this series countless times – in nearly every format (paperback, ebook, Jim Dale audiobook, Jim Kay illustrated editions). I discover new tidbits of the author’s brilliance at story crafting every time I go through it. And, Hermione is my homegirl.
Next up is a book I read forever ago (at least that’s how it seems) – Christmas at Tiffany’s with 582 pages. I don’t remember a whole lot about it at this point, but I remember really liking it!
The Girl in the Castle weighs in at 576 pages, and while I didn’t care as much for the sequel I really enjoyed this first book in the series. You can read my review here.
I really enjoy this author’s writing voice and the way it elevates the setting of her stories. The Long Shadows of Summer – 556 – is, like all the other books on this list, not Christian fiction, but there are subtle faith threads throughout. You can read my review here.
Don’t you just love that cover?!? All 544 pages inside are marvelous too! I learned a lot and swooned too – always a good combo 😉 You can read my review here.
Longest Books I Read & Didn’t Enjoy
Let’s start this section off with my least favorite book of all time, Moby Dick – which also (sadly) happens to be the 4th longest book I’ve read at 720 pages. Call me Ishmael…. Call ME mind-numbingly bored.
Next up is The Valley, weighing in at 606 pages, and book one of a Trilogy. Goodness. You can check out my review here.
The Book Thief, at 552 pages, was a book I really wanted to love but just couldn’t. And that made me really sad. You can read my review here.
Eh. I guess I don’t hate this book – out of Homer’s books I like these 541 pages the best. But that’s not saying a whole lot lol.
I really really wanted to like this book too, like The Book Thief. Unfortunately it was a big miss for me … all 528 pages of it :-/
What about you? What’s the longest book you’ve read? Did you love it or not so much?