As a reader with a short attention span long books are a bit of a chore. And, contrary to what my parents believe, I don’t spend my whole life reading. I actually often avoid bigger books because slumps and possibly book commitment issues (come on if your book is more than 500 pages it’ll require some serious dedication). But there are the odd exceptions and there are books that I just wish would never end, so at times a meaty read is worth it.
This Top Ten Tuesday is all about massive books we’ve read, so here’s my list.
1. The Book Thief (584 pages)
I saw this on a few lists and was honestly so surprised to see how long it was! I raced through this novel and it never felt like it dragged or could have been shorter.
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (766 pages)
I remember this Harry Potter book being massive, with the paranoid ministry mucking around in Hogwarts and Fred and George causing even more havoc, this weighed down my school bag for a good two weeks.
3. A Darker Shade of Magic (400 pages)
Although this book isn’t as many pages as the others on this list it was a pretty dense book and takes up quite a bit of room on my shelf. The plot itself takes place over only a handful of days but I remember the pacing being really good so who knows how the author managed that one!
4. Jane Eyre (500 pages)
When I read this novel for school, before I’d discovered the joys of YA, I remember thinking it was really longggg. And that books suck. Who even was I?!
5. The Bone Season (480 pages)
I guess in the midst of my dissertation this novel felt longer than it was, but at 480 pages it’s still a pretty hefty tome. Also when I googled it’s page number it took me ages to find it since the protagonist is called Paige and Google decided to be phonetic about this.
6. Septimus Heap Fyre (528 pages)
I don’t remember any of these books being particularly long when I devoured them as a kid! But apparently Fyre was huge!!
7. Children of Blood and Bone (525 pages)
This book felt all the fatter when I pointlessly lugged it to YALC to just miss out on meeting author. Cry.
8. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light (624 pages)
The book that got so freaky I had to finish the last few pages on the kitchen floor (since the other rooms in dad’s flat are dingy). I remember it being a brick when I lugged it home, the hardback element not helping.
9. Birdsong (407 pages)
This book felt quite a lot slower than it was, dragging out the war and aftermath. Although I did enjoy it and it was well written I found it could have been a bit more punchy.
10. Great Expectations (544 pages)
I had to read this for school and I remember my class didn’t even finish it since it was so dense. Although I was so cool at school that chose to read it after class… Yep I was that kid.
Lets Compare Notes
What’s the biggest book you’ve ever read? Have you read any of the books on this list? Got a list of your own to share? Would love to hear from you in the comments section!