Good evening folks! Normal service has been resumed here at Travel in Retrospect, which means I have taken another of these great Top Ten Tuesday post ideas and twisted into something that works for me. This week, the topic is longest reads. I know that I have read quite a number of long books, and also know that this list would realistically be Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire only, so I decided to look at both longest books I’ve read, books I’m surprised were that long, books that were the earliest I remember diving into and books that were way way to long for there own good. What can I say, it’s a mixed bag as always!
For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Then you simply get listing!
1. The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
I read this book this year as part of the Full Monte read along earlier this year. It was looooong, probably a little unnecessarily, but quite enjoyable, and I am pleased to say I completed it.
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J K Rowling
This book marked the departure from short children’s book into longer more adult toned Harry Potter novels and was the first properly long book I ever read. It’s actually my least favourite novel in the series.
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J K Rowling
This is comfortably the longest book in the Harry Potter series, and although I really like aspects of it, I think it is the one that could have done with
a-lot more editing.
4. The Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien
I actually read this fantasy novel in pieces, as my edition is split into 6 sections. It is a single novel that is often spoken of as a trilogy, and I read it when I was a little too young to probably appreciate it. I would like to re-read it at some point.
5. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Stephanie Meyer
I think we all have read this series even if we don’t want to admit it. This is a mammoth book in the series and finished the story. It’s way too long and is quite a poor book all in all but it definitely counts as a long book.
6.A Storm of Swords George R R Martin
This is the first in the series that had to be split into two parts due to it’s length, although is technically a single book. It’s pretty long but was quite enjoyable. I don’t think any of his books feel as long as they actually are.
7. A Dance With Dragons George R R Martin
When you combine these parts together, or have a none split copy, you find that the book is actually over 1000 pages long which is really long. The parts feature characters that go unmentioned in the other part because there is too much going on to feature everything.
8. The Amber Spyglass Phillip Pullman
I am really embarrassed to say that this was the first long book I ever dragged myself through and I don’t really remember at all. I loved the first in the series and felt the books were worse with each instalment. I should re-read His Dark Materials.
9. A Conjuring of Light V E Schwab
This book is a lot longer than I remember, which is probably a big compliment right? I can remember thinking it was longer than it’s predecessors, but not that it was over 650 pages!!
10. Stalker Lars Kepler
The longest thriller I’ve ever read, and probably the scariest prolonged read I have ever finished is this Scandinavian piece. The murderer/attacker point of view switching to the victim’s was a little terrifying to feature in a 600p book if I am being honest with you.
Which are the longest books you’re ever read?
Which of these books have you read?
What are your favourite longest books?