Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday

I keep seeing Top Ten Tuesday posts fill my feed on Tuesdays, and always think it looks like a fun bookish meme to do. I’m going to try to start doing some of these, and hopefully can participate most weeks.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Longest Books I’ve Ever Read.

I used Goodreads to sort my “read” shelf by number of pages to come up with this list. So, the page numbers are from Goodreads.

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustThe Holy BibleShakespeare's Complete WorksLes Miserables by Victor HugoWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander DumasThe Brontes by Juliet BarkerThe Stand by Stephen KingThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

1. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust – 3,053 pages
This book, also known as Remembrance of Things Past, holds the Guinness World Record for longest novel. It’s made up of seven volumes though, so I tend to think of each volume separately and not lump them all together in one book. I have read all seven volumes, but it took me a couple of years to work my way through them. The seven volumes are Swann’s Way, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower , The Guermantes Way, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Captive, The Fugitive, and Time Regained.

2. The Holy Bible – 1,106-2,306 pages
Over the years I have used various Study Bibles and different versions (ESV, RSV, NIV, and NABRE), so I have several different Bibles marked read in Goodreads.

3. Shakespeare’s Complete Works by William Shakespeare – 2,689 pages
I checked this book out of the library to read all of the works by Shakespeare that I hadn’t yet read. If I had read it, and many I had already read, I skipped reading it again. This was to fulfill a personal goal of reading all of Shakespeare’s works.

4. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – 1,463 pages
I read this book years ago, like 12-15 years, and I’m fairly certain I have the wrong edition marked as read in Goodreads. I don’t currently own a copy though, so I can’t verify that. Oh well. It’s a long one, so it belongs on this list somewhere.

5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – 1,440 pages
I’m not a huge fan of War and Peace, but Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is one of my all-time favorite books. I have really enjoyed the Russian literature that I have read, mainly Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment). All of these books are long, but War and Peace won for longest according to my Goodreads shelf.

6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – 1,276 pages
This was one that I had wanted to read for years, and I finally read it around 5 years ago. At the time, a friend asked what I was reading and I said this book. She looked shocked and said she had just finished reading it. Weird. Then we geeked out over realizing we both liked to read classics. Nerds.

7. The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of Three Sisters by Juliet Barker – 1,158 pages
Confession. I’m not really a fan of the Brontës. I only read this because it was on the Gilmore Girls reading challenge. I’ve read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, and neither one ranks very high on my list. This book was an interesting, and very in depth, look into the lives of the Brontës though.

8. The Stand by Stephen King – 1,153 pages
I’m going to guess a lot of today’s Top Ten lists will have a book by Stephen King listed. So many of his books are really long, but The Stand ranked longest of the ones I have read. It also happens to be one of my favorites by him.

9. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – 1,137 pages
Someone gave me an edition of this book around the time the first movie came out. It had all three books (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) in it. I had never read them, so I dove right in, got hooked, and read one right after the other.

10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – 1,037 pages
In my opinion, which I realize doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, this is one of the greatest American novels. While, it’s not my absolute favorite American novel, it is definitely in my top 5. It’s truly epic, and a must-read classic.

That’s it for my top ten longest books read. I was a little surprised that a Charles Dickens novel didn’t make the list, because his stuff is usually really long. I went back and checked my Goodreads shelf, and Nicholas Nickleby was the 11th book on the list. According to my “read” shelf, Gone with the Wind is 8 pages longer than Nicholas Nickleby. Who knew?

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