I Can’t Believe I Read A Long Book

Posted January 29, 2018 by Mallory in Bookish Things, Top 10 Tuesday / 33 Comments

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Bookish Confession #397:  I have a fear of large books.  No idea why.  I mean, I read most of my books on Kindle so the likelihood of the book squishing me to death is ‘nill.  The magic number seems to be 326 pages – anything longer doesn’t usually get a second look.  (And yes, that now puts me squarely into quirky reader territory)

I can’t even think of a  reason WHY I prefer somewhat shorter reads.  My attention span is rockin’, I have a laser-like focus for plot details, and I love a book with lots of characters. (Did I also mention what a humble reader I am?)  So imagine my surprise when I scoped out Goodreads and discovered not one but TWO books I’ve read over 1,000 pages – plus a few honorable mentions.  

So let me take a moment to pat myself on the back and share the 10 longest (and most memorable!) books I’ve read…

Les Miserables  – Victor Hugo  (1,463 pages)  This might be the real reason I fear large books

Kushiel’s Dart – Jacqueline Carey (1,015 pages) 

The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri (798 pages)  Also fearful because my English Teacher assigned us to illustrate our favorite circle of Hell.

Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) – Stephenie Meyer (756 pages)  Also can’t believe I read this for other reasons…

The Wings of the Dove – Henry James (741 pages)  My least favorite book I read in High School.

Kushiel’s Avatar – Jacqueline Carey  (702 pages)

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas (699 pages)  I can’t believe I read this one because it was SO GOOD

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me – Mariana Zappata (673 pages)

Love Unscripted – Tina Reber (668 pages)

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas (626 pages)

So, read any monstrously large books lately? How long is “too long” of a book for you?  Let me know in the comments below!

33 responses to “I Can’t Believe I Read A Long Book

    • Mallory

      Haha – I feel kind of bad for poking fun at the Twilight books, but not really 🙂 I did enjoy them at the time though! (It’s just that the re-read value is kind of low….)

  1. Good for you in reading Les Mis. I added it to my list under the category of If-I-Ever-Read-(insert book title)-I’ll-Be-In-Awe. I’ve sort of stopped being interested in Sarah J. Maas’ books too despite the fact that I collected all of the TOG books thinking I’d read them. BUT they just keep getting longer, so… yeah. Not sure I’ll be reading those any time soon. 🙂

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    • Mallory

      I read Les Mis once and am never reading it again! I’ll just enjoy the movie adaptations thank-you-very-much 🙂 I’m still on the fence for trying to finish the TOG series – I read the first two-and-a-half books, but they started feeling a little long. I guess there’s nothing wrong with saying I won’t finish them, though! 🙂

    • Mallory

      Well, I tried to re-read the frist Twilight book once and couldn’t believe I’d finished that a first time… let alone went on to read the entire series! 🙂

    • Mallory

      One of my biggest reading regrets was not opting for the abridged version of Les Mis. I’d never been faced with the “abridged vs. unabridged” decision before…. and clearly I chose wrong 🙂

    • Mallory

      Yes – the Maas books are a beast! Some of them have felt like quick reads, but some feel a little too long for me liking 🙂 I tend to enjoy a little longer books when I’m in the mood for Fantasy – I think it gives more room for those epic, sweeping story lines!

  2. I’m like you and any book over 300 pages, gets a groan. The last long book I read, was a re-read of The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (692 pages). At the other extreme, I rarely enjoy short stories, so middle length books all the way at the moment.

    • Mallory

      I agree – I do think there is a minimum size of books I’ll read as well. I tend to stay away from novellas unless they’re a spin-off of a book that I really enjoyed (and even then I’m wondering if it’s just a cheap marketing gimmick). Honestly, I probably shy away from anything under that 200 page mark as I’ve usually convinced myself that there won’t be enough plot!

  3. Phew, I’m exhausted just seeing those page counts! I put one huge book on my list this week – The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir – but it’s going to take me a while before I can convince myself to pick up another book that long. Not only do they hurt the wrists, but my brain throws out what happened at the start of the book to make space for the ending!

    • Mallory

      That’s one of my biggest issues trying to read large books – my brain throws out the begging to make way for the ending! I often get to the end and have no idea if I actually liked the book or not because I can’t remember half of it 🙂 I guess I could start taking better notes? (although that does sound like work 😉 )

  4. Jo

    I have a bit of a fear of monstrous books too! My friends and I were comparing the longest books we’d read a few weeks back, they both said books over 1000 pages and I was like “Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix”. In my defence, that is still a pretty hefty book!
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    • Mallory

      Haha! I never finished the Harry Potter series, and one of the reason is that the last few books are sooo darn long – they scare me! One of my resolutions this year was to finally read the series. I’ll probably try to do most of the books on audio, but now am worried that the audio is going to be too long for me to get through as well 🙂

    • Mallory

      I think you’re on to something 🙂 One of the reasons I shy away from longer books is that I have SO many other books to read… and a 600 page book will likely take most of a week. And then it spins off into all these stressors like “will I have enough books to review?” or “how will I ever make my Goodreads goal?” 🙂

  5. The Kushiel series is SO DARN GOOD! I have the second trilogy but haven’t started reading any of them yet because they’re too big for my poor hands to hold. :/ Must invest in the ebooks!

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    • Mallory

      I’m seriously considering re-reading the Kushiel series after writing this post – sooo good! I haven’t read the second trilogy, but did read the third one. I love all the different “lands” and adventures the characters find themselves on. I remember reading the hardcovers from the library on these and they were massive!

    • Mallory

      It’s been a few years, but I really did enjoy the Kushiel sereis! I read the original one and then one of the spin-offs -all of which were really enjoyable fantasy/romances. I have a 600-page book on top of my TBR pile right now… no idea what I was thinking 🙂

  6. Lol, I read Les Mis back in high school for Reading Team, and I had just seen the musical (which is why I stupidly volunteered to read it) and it was just so many pages of Hugo’s ranting and raving against the French government, and all I wanted was more Eponine! lol. I do read some hefty tomes, but these days I mostly tackle them on audiobook- I tend to listen at 2x speed, so I get through them pretty quickly, currently I’m re-reading by way of audio to Fingersmith by Sarah Waters which is 582 pages (which is around 23 hours on audiobook, but because I’m listening at 2x speed, it’s just about 12 hours).

    • Mallory

      Same here! I had just seen Les Mis on Broadway and was convined I HAD to read the book… and that the unabridged version would be that much more impressive! I remember something like 100+ page description of the sewer system and wondering where all the actual characters I cared about went 🙂 I don’t know why, but I can’t get my ear to tune in at faster audiobook speeds – it takes me forever to get through anything!

    • Mallory

      Yes – totally agree on SFF books being worth the long reads. Usually, those are the only “long” books I’m interested in picking-up 🙂 I’m not sure a contemporary read would keep my attention beyond 400 pages?

    • Mallory

      Well, I don’t think most versions of Les Miserables are 1,400 pages… I was determined to read the unabridged version without really understanding what it was. Yea…. never again. That sucker was abridged for a reason 😉 In general, I like being able to get through a book in ~2-3 days – not really sure why though? Beginning to think it’s because I’ll forget the beginning before I make it to the end…

    • Mallory

      In all honesty, I think I read most of these books before I developed the phobia. (Honestly, I blame Le Mis – that thing was a BEAST). Oh, and I had the flu when I read the Twilight books so probably didn’t realize how many pages I was reading. I just tried to re-start the Harry Potter series and am slightly intimidated by the last few books… those things are frightening based on size alone 🙂

  7. I also like your spin on the TTT topic, I never noticed how long the books are that I’m reading, unless it’s a really short one (I dislike novellas). I’m pretty much clueless on page numbers when reading on Kindle.

    I enjoy Mariana Zappata, she is one of my favorites. 🙂

    • Mallory

      I don’t really pay attention to page numbers either when reading on my Kindle, but am OBSESSED with the “minutes left in chapter” feature 🙂 Something about knowing when my next potential “break” is relaxes me 🙂 (especially when I’m up reading waaay too late). I’ve only read the one book by Zappata, but have been meaning to try more – really enjoyed the Wall of Winnipeg 🙂

  8. I used to read long books all the time, some older HR romances would be 500-600 pages long, but it was more epic style romances where you see a couple in a span of many years. But I honestly haven’t read a longer book in quite a while. I do normally read 400 page books, but I tend to struggle with shorter books. If its less than 300 I don’t like them as much as full length novels.

    Les Mis intimidates me though, such a LONG book for sure and I didn’t realize that the Twilight books were so long.
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