Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in on the fun, check out the Top 5 Tuesday July topics! And check out her top 5 longest books!
I really like this category, but I so wish I could say I’ve read a book over 1,000 pages. One day! I used the page count of the copies of these books I read, so I guess if I wanted to get REALLY accurate I’d look up the word count, but no one’s got time for that 😎
David Copperfield by Charles Dickets – 974 pages
I love Charles Dickens novels, and I love David Copperfield. It tells the story of David Copperfield’s entire life from his troubling childhood to his career as a successful novelist. Overall I found this book quite sweet (even if David is a “lackadaisical young spoony” in his teen years (his words not mine)), and it’s my second favorite Dickens novel after Great Expectations. I was never required to read it and read it about a year ago for my own enjoyment, but it did take me many weeks! It felt very satisfying to finish.
Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd – 912 pages
This book I read last summer, and I think it took up a good chunk of my July. It tells story of 5 different families while spanning the entire history of England. If you like history as much as I do and are forgiving of certain passages reading like a textbook, this book will be a lot of fun. If not, I suggest you never touch it. Another book that was very satisfying when I finally finished it.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – 896 pages
This book was definitely an accomplishment when I first read it when I was eleven years old! I love OotP with all my heart, and one of my best memories of it was when I was home sick from sixth grade on a day that turned out to be a SNOW DAY (so, waste of a sick day and waste of a snow day), and reading it all day while it snowed and all my friends played outside, but it wasn’t that bad because I had Harry ❤
New York by Edward Rutherfurd – 862 pages
Basically this book is the same as Sarum, except it tells the entire history of New York City. I liked this one a lot too, but Sarum I found a bit more engrossing simply because I prefer European history to American. But still, I enjoyed it.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 850 pages
I read this book many years ago when I was a freshman in college (sad tale: I had a hard time making friends during my first year college, so I filled my Friday and Saturday nights while everyone was frolicking and partying with books. But I did eventually make friends during my second year!!). I know this is a beloved series, but unfortunately I wasn’t really into it and didn’t read any of the sequels. Alas!
Honorable mention: book that felt super long but really wasn’t that long:
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – 388 pages
This book was a required read, and like the good, young college student I was I lugged this around for 2 weeks and read it every spare moment I had. I remember sitting in an armchair of my college’s library reading for 20 minutes and napping for 10 minutes over the course of like 5 hours until I finished and finally left at around 4 am. It felt like it would never end. But it’s a great book to know, and I’ll never forget it.
What are some of the longest books you’ve read? Any recommendations??