Like many other readers, I have a fear of big books. I think that we all get some level of satisfaction from being able to proudly declare how many books we have read in a given year, and flying through shorter books allows for that number to get higher and higher. Last year, I made it a goal to read a few books over 500 pages, which allowed me to prioritize the larger titles on my to-read list for the first time. Since then, I realized just how many books I have been putting off because of their size. Therefore, I have decided that 2020 is the year that I intend to add big books into my regular reading life.
I wanted to share the 25 longest books I have read as of the beginning of this year in order to have an easy gauge of my progress. I’m not setting a specific goal as to how many titles over a certain page length I hope to read by the end of the year. Instead, my goal is more like an experiment: How many of the books listed below are different by the end of the year? Can I replace a large portion of this list? I’m definitely curious to see how I do!
I do have a few notes before I begin the list. First of all, I’m picking the length of these books based on what Goodreads tells me. Since I read some titles here a long time ago and don’t own copies of them, I can’t independently verify the page counts, so Goodreads is the best source I have available. Secondly, I am excluding graphic novels (though mixed-format books are fair game) and any compendiums or bind-ups of multiple titles. Now, let’s see my longest reads to date!
25. Days of Blood & Starlight – Laini Taylor – 517 pages
24. Insurgent – Veronica Roth – 525 pages
23. Allegiant – Veronica Roth – 526 pages
22. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – 528 pages
21. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick – 533 pages
20. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak – 552 pages
19. New Moon – Stephenie Meyer – 563 pages
18. Pamela – Samuel Richardson – 592 pages
17. Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead – 594 pages
16. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 602 pages
15. Obsidio – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 615 pages
14. The Toll – Neal Shusterman – 625 pages
13. Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer – 629 pages
12. Night Film – Marisha Pessl – 640 pages
11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling – 652 pages
10. The Shining – Stephen King – 659 pages
9. Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 659 pages
8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling – 734 pages
7. Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer – 756 pages
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling – 759 pages
5. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin – 819 pages
4. Romola – George Eliot – 831 pages
3. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon – 848 pages
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling – 870 pages
1. The Stand – Stephen King – 1,153 pages
Well, that’s my list! I read a lot of these books a decade or more ago, so I would really like to refresh the selections here this year. While I didn’t include them, I can already say with confidence that I have read two titles in 2020 that will qualify for this list, so I feel good about my chances of having wildly different selections by the end of the year. As I showed in my post on my 2020 reading plans, I have quite a few lengthy titles that I want to read in the coming months.
What are your favorite long books? Let me know in the comments below!