Ah, the joys of being behind, she muttered sarcastically. I’ll blame it on the Columbus Day Holiday, which also happened to be Canadian Thanksgiving–Happy Belated to my friends north of the border!
Thanks to Jana for hosting. I like the fact that she says in her introduction that “you” choose to measure length. While I’m going to list the longest books I’ve read by page number, I just have to say that Justin Cronin’s The Passage (which is on the list) is the longest book I’ve ever spent time with. I chose to go audio on that and during my work commutes. I love the book, but that was a long, long, long time!
Observations: Two books with “Passage” as their titles! Only two of the novels don’t fall into sci fi/paranormal/fantasy category! Fun stuff.
4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday-The 10 Longest Books I’ve Read”
I have read Atlas Shrugged, Gone with the Wind and The Passage as well. Good books, but you are right – they were long. The longest I have spent with a book (that I utterly hated because it was so UNNECESSARILY long) was Anna Karenina. Consider yourself warned! Don’t fall for the hype! 🙂
I have so many books on my “best intentions” list, probably like Anna Karenina. Ones you feel like you’re supposed to read. I also realized that my Goodreads did not include a lot of books I read like Stephen King. I may (in that oh, abundant free time) might have to review.
Do you use Goodreads?
Yes, I am on there – I love Goodreads! Helps me pick a book, keep track of my books and when I really love a book, I love that I can collect the quotes.
That is the reason I read Anna Karenina in the first place! Like I was supposed to because it was supposed to be one of the best works ever. But for me, it wasn’t.
I’ve read half of these, the George R. R. Martins, Gone With The Wind, and It. I enjoyed them all. I don’t mind long if it’s good. My favorite book is The Brothers Karamozov. That one’s a beast. It’s the long ones that aren’t good that tirment me. I have this ridiculous compulsion to finish a story once I’ve started it. I keep trying to covince myself that if it’s that long it has time to get better.
I agree with Robyn about Anna Karenina. War & Peace plays like a soap opera. I don’t like soap operas. I think the longest book I’ve ever read, or maybe it just seemed like that, was also the worst. I had apprehensions going in, but it was on a list of the greatest sci-fi books of all-time. I should have known better than to try to tackle such a tome by the guy who started Scientology, but there has to be something appealing about a guy who can start his own religion, right? I don’t know what it is, but it’s not Battlefield Earth.