Blogtober Day 9: Top Ten Tuesday: Longest books I’ve read
I don’t read many long books, because I have the attention span of a moth and struggle to focus on anything longer than 400 pages. I’m also not great at keeping track of the books I’ve read which are longer, so thank god for Goodreads and the ability to sort your read shelf by page numbers!
These are the ten books I’ve read which have the highest page counts (according to Goodreads) with the exclusion of Twilight: Life and Death, as I only read the gender-swapped retelling and didn’t bother rereading Twilight itself. Otherwise that would be in fifth!).
10) The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The first of four appearances by Stephenie Meyer, The Host took me a few attempts to read because I kept abandoning it three quarters of the way through. I eventually forced myself through it before I went to the cinema to see the film adaptation, and I ended up loving it – it’s my favourite of Stephenie Meyer’s novels by far, and I’m still hoping that she’ll release the two sequels which she teased.
9) Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
Riveted Lit allow you to read eBooks free on their site for a limited time, and that’s how I read Tricks, so I didn’t realise how long it was! Told in free verse, this was a very fast read – despite being over 600 pages in length, I read it in a couple of hours.
8) Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
The second appearance by Stephenie Meyer, and if I’m honest I can’t remember a bloody thing about Eclipse. I’m planning on rereading the Twilight series at some point, but I normally get to the end of New Moon and just give up!
7) Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon
I chose to read Romantic Outlaws while studying Frankenstein last fall, as it explores the links between Mary Shelley and Mary Godwin (her mother, who died due to complications during childbirth). Although this is a non-fiction book, Charlotte Gordon narrates it in such a way that it feels like a highly compelling story, which made it a pretty quick read considering it’s 650 pages long.
6) Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You is a story told in lists, so this was a very quick read. A lot of the lists are just one or two points long, which means if you compressed all of the blank space in this book it would definitely be closer to 300 pages in length.
5) Night World 3 by L.J. Smith
I’m not sure why I’ve only read the third in the Night World story bind-ups, but I own the first two so I’ll probably get around to reading them eventually. I read these so long ago (I added them to Goodreads back in 2011 but read them years before that) that I literally can’t remember anything about them, but according to Goodreads I gave them four stars, so I must have been fairly impressed!
4) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
The final appearance by Stephenie Meyer, it’s unsurprising that Breaking Dawn appears in this list: it was so long that they had to split it into two movies, after all!
3) Film History by Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell
Another book which I read for university, Film History is a fascinating and in-depth exploration of – surprisingly enough – the history of film. Which techniques came first, how different countries fared in the early film industry, why some styles thrived and others plummeted into obscurity: everything is tackled in this monster of a book. Most people only use it as reference, so they only read the chapters which are relevant to their work, but I was so fascinated by the study of film that I read the entire thing (and made nearly an entire notebook full of notes!). Fun fact: I felt my daughter kick for the first time while I was sat in the library reading this book, so it will always have a special place in my heart.
2) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
I read The Second Sex last summer, during the early months of my pregnancy, which means I didn’t actually take it ANY of it. I persevered and forced my way through, hoping that some of it would stick… But nope. I want to reread it eventually, because I can remember agreeing with a lot of de Beauvoir’s observations regarding the treatment of women – terrifying, considering that this was originally published back in 1949 – but it is ridiculously long, coming in at 822 pages of squintingly small font.
1) The Walking Dead Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
It feels cheating to have The Walking Dead Compendium #1 at the top of this list, but it’s the longest book I’ve read so there’s nothing I can do! At over 1000 pages, it’s far in the lead, and although it’s a graphic novel and a quick read, the subjects dealt with are heavy so it’s not easy to rush through. It’s also vastly different to the TV show adaptation, so it takes a while to adjust to new characters (and new ways of viewing your favourites!).
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That’s all for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. What’s the longest book that you’ve read? If it’s over 1000 pages and isn’t a graphic novel, I’ll bow down to you forevermore.