TTT: MONSTERS I’VE CRUSHED – aka longest books I read so far

Top Ten Tuesday

I know, I know. Those of you who check the future TTT-prompts might go all “What are you doing?! This is one for next month!” and I realize that. I do. I’m doing this on purpose because I’m planning something different for October, but didn’t want to pass on this particular prompt!

Which is why I’m doing it today, albeit in my own way. I’m going to share five of the longest books I’ve read, but also five of the longest books that are still on my TBR.

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Today’s topic is supposed to be “Hidden Gems” but, as I said..
I’m going with “Monsters I’ve Crushed Or Have Yet To Crush”

Here are the five longest books I’ve actually read up until now! I’m only allowing one book of each series, otherwise this would’ve been.. Game of Thrones all the way?

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

With 1.178 pages, A Storm of Swords is definitely the biggest book I’ve read so far. For now. Following that is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with 870 pages. Then we have Winter with 824 pages, Breaking Dawn with 768 pages and, last but definitely not least, City of Heavenly Fire with 725 pages!

As for the monsters on my TBR, eagerly waiting to be slain? Those haven’t changed compared to that time where I posted about the shortest books on my TBR – and immediately mentioned the five longest ones as well.

ItThe Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)Under the DomeInsomniaSleeping Beauties

I am happy to say, though, that.. I’m going to try and tackle It next month? More about that will be posted later on – but I hope some of you will join my battle of this monster! It’s only 1.392 pages after all… 

What’s the longest books you’ve read so far?
And the longest one still on your TBR?
Do you also have this habit of postponing picking them up because of their size?

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54 thoughts on “TTT: MONSTERS I’VE CRUSHED – aka longest books I read so far

  1. I’ve read some of these too! (My fave is The wise man’s fear btw, I read it twice and one in audiobook, highly reccomend) The longest one on my list is probably The count of Montecristo..

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    1. They are, without a doubt. I feel it’s easier to pick up a long book if they’re part of a series you’ve already started than if it’s a standalone or the first book in a series.
      I looked up Heart of Mist and it sounds good! Added it to my TBR. Also liking the cover, haha.

      Thank you!

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  2. I think that some of the longest books I’ve read are Winter and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix just as well! I also tend to put off books whenever they are long to read, I’m not sure why. It’s not that the length scares me, it’s just…. I’m scared that the book will feel long, if that makes sense, and that it will be very longggggggg to get through it, if I’m not really into it. I’m usually waiting to be especially in the mood for that kind of book and/or genre/synopsis/author etc, to be sure I’ll devour and will love it haha 😀

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    1. Oh, I totally understand what you mean! I have some monsters on my TBR and I keep postponing them simply because they’re so HUGE and what if I don’t like them or they just drag on and on and.. Ugh..
      I find it way easier to pick up a big book if they’re part of a series I’ve already started. Feels easier to read a big one if you’re already attached to the characters in it because then you’re simply keen on spending waaay more time with them than with a smaller book, haha.

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    1. Ha, right? I bought a lot of King-novels right after I finished The Shining and discovered I quite like his writing style. Simply haven’t read them.. yet.. :’)
      I was planning on reading The Name of the Wind this year but since everyone’s still waiting for the third book, I’ve postponed it.

      Thank you!

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  3. The longest book I’ve read is IT by Stephen King with 1,156 pages. As for the longest book I have yet to read that is War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy with 1,392 pages. I went with the books I own other wise the longest book I still haven’t read would have been The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon which has 1,443 pages.

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    1. My version of IT is 1392 pages. I’m reading it next month and I’m.. eager and scared at the same time, haha.
      I also went with books I own, though! Should I only look at the books I want to read but don’t own yet, the longest would’ve been The Stand by Stephen King with 1.153 pages.

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    2. I hope you end up enjoying IT that book took me forever to read. You’ve got a lot of Stephen King. I haven’t added any of his books to my TBR except for the few that I own but I do what to try reading them.

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    3. Since I’m going to be on a schedule, I think that’ll help me finishing it in the time period I set myself, hah. We’ll see!
      I have a few on my Goodreads-TBR that I don’t own yet but eventually I’d like to make my way through them all. First the ones I already own, though. 🙂

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    4. Yeah I was getting ready to say that King just wasn’t for me because I didn’t like IT or The Shining but I’ve started Misery and I’ve really been liking it so I might continue to make my way through his books.

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  4. 2 of the books from The Wheel of Time series I read this year were 1000+ pages. Assassin’s Quest was 830+ pages. They were my longest this year. I have The Way of Kings on my TBR – that one is huge!

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    1. I haven’t read anything by Sanderson yet but I’ve seen his books laying around and they don’t look like small, cuddly things at all, haha! Maybe one day I’ll make the jump and buy them. Heard a lot of good things about them anyway.

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    1. Thank you!
      Haha, that’s so true! I’m less intimidated by them if they’re part of a series and I already got attached to the characters. If it’s a first installment or standalone though.. It definitely takes me a while to pick them up then!

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    2. Haha; I did feel it when I was rereading HP and the Half-Blood Prince last week but that’s more because the ridiculously small font was getting on my nerves, I think. :’) I’ve yet to start the final book. I’m just.. not ready for Dobby to go all over again. 😦

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  5. Ah, so many Stephen King! Not surprised tho, most of his books are on the long side. I think my longest was actually The Stand.
    Or, if i count series, then Dark Tower for sure 😀
    I still need to read the book he wrote with his son.

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    1. Ha, true. I’ve only read Carrie and The Shining so far but I’m hoping to knock some more of his work off my TBR before the year’s over. We’ll see how it goes.
      Sleeping Beauties is the only one of his books I have in hardcover. I saw it at the bookstore not long after its release and grabbed it immediately. :’)

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    2. I think I’ll start buying my favorite ones in hardcover, to be honest. I liked Carrie, but wouldn’t buy that one in hardcover. Depending on how Doctor Sleep goes, I might just buy The Shining and that one anew in hardcover, hah. My personal King-favs collection – doesn’t sound too bad of an idea. 😛 Even more so since it’s a completely different genre than what I usually read.

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  6. “I’m only allowing one book of each series, otherwise this would’ve been.. Game of Thrones all the way?” — LOLed to this!! Anyway, I always get intimidated by big books. I have commitment issues! Haha. Great list, Kathy!

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    1. Haha, but it’s true though! Although the set I own – which is a cute, small leatherbound set – has all the books under one ISBN which.. well.. I don’t even want to think about it right now, haha.
      They intimidate me as well! It’s better when it’s the xth installment in a series because then you’re already attached to the characters and that gives me an extra boost to pick it up but.. Big books as first installments or standalones? Takes me ages to pick them up!

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  7. Ooooh, look at you go! City of Heavenly Fire has me a little nervous with how big it is, but I keep reminding myself that some of the other Shadowhunters books are about 600 pages, so it’s not THAT much longer… >_> But it feels huge!

    I’m so nervous for IT. I’ve never read a book anywhere near that long, PLUS it’s the book that’s been on my Goodreads TBR the longest! It’s been on there basically since I joined the site :’)

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    1. Hahaha. Shadowhunters AND Harry Potter AND Throne of Glass definitely has some biggies as well. Look at it this way: more pages mean more opportunities to swoon about and love the book. Longer journey!

      Likewise. The thing’s on my desk ever since I figured out those chapters / pages and every time I look at it, I’m like “Okay. I have three more weeks left. Then I’ll.. die by clowns or because the thing falls on my head. Either one.” :’)

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    2. Bahahahah! Please don’t die. I still need to order myself a copy! I’m thinking about just going into the bookstore by me and seeing what editions they have. There’s this one that I like the cover of but with a book that size, I need to see it in person and see if it’s floppy. If all else fails, I’m just going to order the one you have. 😛

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    3. You can do that! I’ll send you a picture of mine to be sure. It’s a floppy one, but honestly.. A paperback that size just HAS to be floppy, right? [I conveniently put a sweater on top of the monster so I don’t have to look at it for a while. :’)]

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  8. I used to adore long books, but with age comes a shorter attention span, or less time, or something like that. Les Misérables is the longest book I’ve read, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is the longest one on my TBR right now. Funny how much King dominates your long list!

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    1. I have Les Misérables on my TBR as well, but it’s a part one / part two version so that’s probably why I didn’t make this list, hah.
      Pretty sure King can be explained by my own behavior. After reading The Shining and discovering I really liked his writing, I simply bought every King-novel I set my eyes on and.. well.. he does have mostly monsters of books, haha. 😀

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