Hey guys, what’s up, welcome back to another Blogtober post! Today I’m bringing you another Top Ten Tuesday post with the longest books I have ever read! When I sat down to write this I thought there was going to be so many really long books write about, but as it turns out I haven’t actually read that many. I will still include my 10 highest but, for me at least, it was kind of surprising some of the books that have ended up on this list as I’d have never thought of them as being particularly long.
Instead of page number I am going to be measuring how long these books are by word count. I will start with the shortest (of the ten) and work my way to the highest. However, I am actually starting with the longest piece of writing here as it is technically not a book, but a fan fiction. So, let’s get into it!
Word Count: 613,762
Page Count: N/A
I love The Life and Times so I knew that I just had to include it here, especially considering it’s almost twice as long as the next highest book! This fan fiction is based on James Potter and Lily Evans and their time at Hogwarts. This story is actually unfinished but man does it hold such a special place in my heart! For anyone who says that reading fan fiction isn’t real reading is wrong and this fan fiction proves it! If you like Harry Potter (or good writing and storytelling) please give this a read!
Word Count: 166,750
Page Count: 666
When reading this book I knew it was long but I don’t think I fully registered quite how long it really was. I think that’s because I did not enjoy it and so I think I had the impression that it felt longer than it was because it wasn’t my favourite book in the world, but in reality there’s just a lot of words here.
8. Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Word Count: 169,441
Page Count: 607
Oddly the page count for this book is lower than for A Conjuring of Light, but I guess that’s where the word count comes in! I knew this was a long book. I mean, I read it when I was 9. I was so proud of myself for reading this book back then, it felt like such an accomplishment! And then I never, ever stopped.
7. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Word Count: 178, 930
Page Count: 756
This is another book that, when I first read it, I felt a sense of accomplishment. This was the first really big book I read after any Harry Potter book and I was still only young when I read it.
Word Count: 190,858
Page Count: 636
This was my absolute favourite book growing up, so who knows how many times I actually read it. I remember that it fell apart because it was so long and I was reading a paperback edition so every time I broke the spine the book just wore away. Eventually I was carrying around 50 pages here, 100 pages there. It was brilliant though, and it was mine.
Word Count: 198, 227
Page Count: 607
This is the third Harry Potter book on this list (and there’s going to be 4) so I don’t really know what to say without repeating myself too much. I really love this book and I never felt like it was particularly long, but that’s probably because so much happens in the story of this book and I am always so eager to just keep reading.
Word Count: 234,240
Page Count: 640
I remember being told that this book was really long and that it was well over 700 pages. When I picked up my copy and saw that it was on the lower end of 600 I thought everyone was over exaggerating. But no, this is a long book.
Word Count: 257, 045
Page Count: 766
This was definitely the book I was most proud of reading when I was young. I remember that I read it in 2 days when I was 12 and I thought I was the coolest person ever! Clearly I was!
Word Count: 292, 727
Page Count: 819
We are creeping into the 800 page territory and getting so close to that 3k words. This was a difficult book to read. I was 15 when I read and I just did not understand what was going on. I didn’t know who was who and who was where and who was related to who because ‘wait they’re having sex and they’re brother and sister’ and ‘did someone just die’ and ‘am I supposed to know who you are?’ I had a lot of questions reading this book and clearly those 297 thousand words didn’t make things clear enough. Luckily now that I’ve watched the TV show I have a much better handle on things.
Word Count: 318, 903
Page Count: 913
Whew! We made it! Just thinking about how many pages and how many words are in this post alone is exhausting! Imagine trying to read all of these books in a row!
What is the longest book you have ever read? Is there a fan fiction that you have read that is longer than most books?
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