Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Longest Books I've Ever Read

Today I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday to talk about the longest books I've read.

From shortest to longest...

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins - 457 Pages

A mystery involving a stolen moonstone. My copy's quite a bit smaller than the average book, but it also had two columns of tiny text on each page so it's probably no shorter than any other edition.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - 480 Pages

You could cut 80% of the description in this novel and still know exactly what everything looked like. On the other hand, if you blink you miss the existence of Tess' baby entirely as it only lasts a single chapter.

Pamela by Samuel Richardson - 503 Pages

This is the worst book I've ever read and it dragged on for over 500 pages. Pamela is insufferable, the pacing is awful, and characters suddenly change their opinions for plot convenience. Review here. Warning for ranting.

Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan - Page 517

In which Percy recounts the myths of twelve Greek heroes. Hercules alone clocks in at 100 pages! Review here.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - 536 Pages

If I remember rightly, the Six of Crows duology clocks in at over 1000 pages. I've recommended this series to all of my friends and all of them have read and enjoyed it. Review here.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan - 608 Pages

All of the books in this series are 450+ pages so this one is the only one I'll list. I loved this series - I like huge ensembles. This one was probably the one I enjoyed the least. Weird, considering that it brought Nico back into the main cast and he's my favourite character.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens - 732 Pages

This was a Wordsworth Classic Edition, so the text was tiny and many other people's copies were 200 pages longer. Bleak House took me all summer to read and bored me to the brink of death. 

The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Trilogy of Four by Douglas Adams - 784 Pages

If I'd read them all separately they wouldn't be on the list, but I read them as a four-in-one which I borrowed off my Dad. These zany space adventures are excellent fun and follow Arthur, a very British bloke, and his friend, Ford, who just so happens to be an alien.

Middlemarch by George Eliot - 893 Pages

Middlemarch was an absolute joy and it's one of the few classics that I've reviewed, but it was extremely long. By the time I got to the last two hundred pages I wanted to yell, "Just kiss already!" at Dorothea and Will. I honestly don't think I would have managed to finish this one without the lecturers' strike. 

What is the longest novel you have ever read?