Top Ten Tuesday #180


Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since my last TTT, I have an essay due next week, so safe to say I am very close to meltdown right now, thank you for bearing with me and I promise, I will be posting more after my essay has been submitted on Thursday as I have several things I’ve been meaning to post but I just haven’t had time to write yet!

Anyway, I’m taking a brief break from essay hell today to give you guys another Top Ten Tuesday, (my 180th!), thanks to Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we’re talking Longest Books We’ve Ever Read. I have to admit, a shudder goes through me when I discover a book is longer than 500 pages because a) most books I don’t feel need to be that long and b) I have such little time to read at Uni that I tend to go for shorter books these days. Still I have read some hefty tomes over the years, so here we go, the longest books I’ve ever read:

  1. Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix-JK Rowling-766 pages

766 pages probably doesn’t seem like a lot, especially since I have Priory and Kingdom of Ash on my TBR, both of which are longer, but it definitely felt like a lot when I read this as a teenager! The Order of The Phoenix was my least favourite Harry Potter book, although there were great parts of it, like “Have a biscuit Potter” and Fred and George’s big exit and Dumbledore’s Army, I just felt like it was a LOT longer than it needed to be.

2. Empire of Storms-Sarah J Maas-693 pages

The first and not the last instance of Sarah J Maas on this list, she writes some hefty tomes (honestly, I am still slightly scared of the sheer size of Kingdom of Ash). I always feel like Sarah J Maas books never really need to be as long as they are, there’s always at least 100 odd pages of filler to be found, but Empire of Storms felt a lot better paced than some of the other books in the series have been! I’m so excited (and scared) to see what happens in the last book.

3. A Conjuring of Light-VE Schwab-666 pages

It pleases me so much that this book comes in at the Devil’s number! A Conjuring of Light was a beast of a book, but unlike some of the other books on this list, it really didn’t feel like it. VE Schwab is the queen of pacing, and she knew exactly when the book needed to pick up and the moments where it could afford to be quieter, which meant I was never bored reading this (very important when you are likely to be reading a book for several weeks). This is one of my favourite series finales ever, it tied up everything really well (whilst still leaving threads for the new sequel series!) and I felt really satisfied (and sad) when it was over.

4. Tower of Dawn-Sarah J Maas-664 pages

Yup, Sarah J Maas is at it again. It’s hard to believe that this 664 page tome was originally supposed to only be a novella! Like many of the other books in the series, this probably didn’t need to be 600+ pages long, but I digress. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, I thought I wouldn’t like it because I’m not a massive fan of Chaol, but he wasn’t anywhere near as infuriating as he has been in the past in this book and I really loved getting to see the whole new location of the Southern Continent.

5. Queen of Shadows-Sarah J Maas-645 pages

This book nearly killed me. It’s basically 6oo pages of planning, interspersed with a couple of chapters of action. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important in the sense that the things that happened in this book needed to happen in order for the narrative to progress, but I reckon this book could have lost a good 200 pages without losing any of the important bits!

6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire-JK Rowling-636 pages

Honestly, I do not remember The Goblet of Fire being this long, but I did read it when I was younger and paid less attention to how lengthy a book was, so that’s probably why. This is my favourite Harry Potter book, you get the Triwizard Tournament, The Yule Ball and our first real introduction to Voldemort, it’s basically the turning point for the whole series!

7. Kingdom of The Wicked-Derek Landy, Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince & Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-JK Rowling-607 pages

Yup, I’m doing a 3 in one, because these three books all had the same page count and I didn’t want to waste the remainder of my list on 3 books that were all the same length. Kingdom of The Wicked is the seventh book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and honestly, I have to say I can’t really remember what happened in it, it wasn’t the most memorable of the series! The Half-Blood Prince, I think I liked, although I’ll be honest, my memories of it now are mostly of the teenage romance drama, which I’m pretty sure they hammed up in the film! The Deathly Hallows, I did enjoy eventually, but OH MY GOD THE CAMPING. I thought it would never end!

8. The Dying of The Light-Derek Landy-605 pages

Honestly, I do not remember the Skulduggery Pleasant books being so long! Probably because they have quite short chapters, so they never feel as long as they actually are. It’s been a while since I read the final Skulduggery Pleasant book, but I do remember it being a great, if slightly gruesome, final book (and even then, it wasn’t actually the final book, because Derek Landy pulled a bait and switch on us and we now have a continuation series).

9. Mortal Coil and The Last Stand of Dead Men-Derek Landy-604 pages

The 5th and 8th books of the Skulduggery Pleasant series respectively, both clock in at just over 600 pages. Mortal Coil was quite a fun book as it’s the first book where you get a real taste of Darquesse and the Remnants taking over everyone was pretty cool. The Last Stand of Dead Men is one of my favourite books of the series, as it’s really exciting and a great build up for the final battle in The Dying of the Light.

10. Death Bringer-Derek Landy-603 pages

This was a great instalment of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, as it focuses a lot on Necromancy, as Valkyrie gets more and more embroiled in the study of it, and we also get to see Lord Vile for the first time (I think, it might have been in Book 5) which is a really important point for the rest of the series.

What are the longest books you’ve ever read? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Bookstores/Libraries I’d Love To Visit which should be a fun one, as I’m always looking for pretty bookstores/libraries in other countries that I’d love to go to. I’m not going to be posting until next Tuesday as I’m needing to focus on my essay which is due next Thursday, so enjoy the rest of your week!

48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #180

  1. anovelglimpse 09/10/2018 / 5:16 pm

    A couple of those HP books showed up on my list this week, too. They’re so long!

  2. Wondering what I’ve got myself in for with Throne of Glass now, given how long Sarah J Maas books seemingly are 😬 love how much of your list is Harry Potter, I found there was too much camping in the last one too!! Good luck with the essay 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 10/10/2018 / 9:01 am

      Ha ha, they are really good, just a tad overly long! Apparently my experience with long books is like 90% Harry Potter. I think everyone is pretty much in agreement on that one. Thank you 🙂

  3. kozbisa 09/10/2018 / 11:10 pm

    My list is dominated by SJM books and fantasy in general. Haven’t read HP, but those books are all over today.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/10/2018 / 8:58 am

      Fantasy does tend to have some real bricks! Well from book 4, those books get really long.

  4. Kasey @ The Story Sanctuary 10/10/2018 / 2:08 am

    Great list! I haven’t read any of the Skulduggery Pleasant books, but I kind of want to now. I love books with short chapters. Here’s my TTT.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/10/2018 / 8:58 am

      Thanks! Oh you definitely should, they’re super good!

    • iloveheartlandx 10/10/2018 / 8:57 am

      Ha ha well the later books in the series get seriously long!

  5. alicerosesimmons 11/10/2018 / 1:54 pm

    Great list! I’ve only read Goblet of Fire from your list, but that’s probably because I have yet to finish both the Throne of Glass series and the Harry Potter series!

  6. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 14/10/2018 / 3:07 am

    It’s been so long since I read an HP book, but those were so long. I can’t imagine having to read so many long books in a single series today.

    • iloveheartlandx 14/10/2018 / 9:58 pm

      They were! Honestly. as much as I’d like to, that’s why I haven’t reread them in a while, it’s a massive time commitment!

  7. ChrissiReads 14/10/2018 / 10:00 am

    The Sarah J Maas books are so long! Fab list.

  8. thebookishlibra 14/10/2018 / 2:09 pm

    Several Maas books made my list this week too. Good luck getting your essay finished!

  9. Jo (@Jo_Scribbles) 14/10/2018 / 3:20 pm

    Great list! I purposely left out Harry Potter in my own as I knew it would take up a few spots, and I wanted to showcase some other books, but I do love them! I’ve never read any of the Skullduggery books. The first book is the one book my brother would read, but I’ve always thought it was more like MG? And I don’t really enjoy MG books. I’ve also not read anything by Sarah J. Maas as I’ve heard such mixed things about her books! I do have A Darker Shade of Magic sitting on my TBR, and it sounds so good! I really need to get round to it at some point!

    • iloveheartlandx 14/10/2018 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks! That’s fair enough, even the books underneath these on my list were by a few of the same authors, so I figured I would have repetition no matter what. They’re really good-the first couple read as more MG, but they definitely get more YA as the series goes on. I mean I really like them, but she’s a polarizing one for sure. Oh you definitely do, ADSOM is so good!

  10. Sammie @ The Writerly Way 14/10/2018 / 7:27 pm

    Lots of repeated authors on this list. xD I guess there are some authors that just write really long books. I’ve been meaning to read the Skullduggery Pleasant books and haven’t yet. Same with pretty much all of Sarah J. Maas’ books. I didn’t realize they were all so long, though. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 14/10/2018 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha yeah there are. Oh you should, they’re so good. The first two aren’t, but yeah after that they get super long.

  11. Louise 14/10/2018 / 7:34 pm

    Hah! SJM books are so long!

    • iloveheartlandx 14/10/2018 / 9:43 pm

      They are so long! Ha ha fair enough, she does write some whoppers.

  12. Literary Feline 14/10/2018 / 9:03 pm

    I hope everything with your essay went well! I had forgotten about Order of the Phoenix. I read it before I started keeping track of my reading and so didn’t think of it when I made my list off my Goodreads list. Have a great week!

    • iloveheartlandx 14/10/2018 / 9:42 pm

      Still working on it, it’s due on the 18th! Thanks 🙂

  13. lissa 7 14/10/2018 / 10:08 pm

    #1 & 6, 7 – I read the whole harry series in a couple days so I never felt they were long at all

    #2, 4 & 5 – could not get into Maas’ books, I don’t even know what it is

    #3 – I read a lot of book bloggers that like Schwab’s books but I don’t

    #7 – have not read ‘kingdom of wicked’

    #8 & 9, 10 – never read them

    thanks for your visit to my blog, have a lovely day.

    -lissa @ the memory of rain

    • iloveheartlandx 15/10/2018 / 6:51 pm

      I think I read them pretty fast when I read them as well, but objectively they are quite long. That’s fair enough, their books aren’t for everyone. The last four books are all in the same series, the Skulduggery Pleasant series, it’s this really great series about a skeleton detective and his human sidekick defeating magical monsters.

  14. Jaime 14/10/2018 / 10:37 pm

    I haven’t read any Sarah J. Maas yet for the reason that all her books are so long. But maybe I’ll pick one up soon.

    Great list! 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 15/10/2018 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, they are really good, but the size is definitely intimidating.

  15. Nicole 15/10/2018 / 8:03 pm

    I agree that I was surprised that Goblet of Fire was as long as it is. When I sat down to think about it, I decided it’s probably because it feels like two books: the part before school, and the part at school. Still, I think all of the Potter books 4 and later needed a bit more pruning than they got…

    • iloveheartlandx 18/10/2018 / 10:05 am

      Yeah you’re probably right about that. I think so too, although of the four larger ones, I think Goblet of Fire was the best paced.

      • Nicole 18/10/2018 / 3:27 pm

        Agreed! I didn’t mind Goblet of Fire being as long as it was because it seemed appropriate for the material included. It’s only after having finished the series and looking back that I get annoyed at it for being so long, because it set up the expectation that all future Potter books would be huge bricks.

      • iloveheartlandx 20/10/2018 / 11:29 am

        That is totally fair-Goblet of Fire was an acceptable length for the story that needed to be told, but I think the final three books could definitely have been condensed without losing any of the important bits.

  16. Kathy @ Books & Munches 16/10/2018 / 6:42 am

    Funny how your list consists of only four authors, but twelve books, haha! Goes to show those authors definitely know how to write big books. 🙂

  17. Keri 16/10/2018 / 3:51 pm

    I checked Goodreads, and SJM books take up a lot of the longest 10 books I’ve read too (4 to be in fact)!
    Honestly, I’m really excited that KOA is just under 1000 pages. I’m only sad that I won’t have the time to read that long of a book until December after the semester ends. :/

    • iloveheartlandx 18/10/2018 / 9:48 am

      Ha ha same, she does write some whoppers! Yeah I am in the sense that we will get a lot of time to say goodbye to everyone, but I have a mass of deadlines in November, so like you, I won’t be able to properly get into it till December either.

  18. Kelly W 18/10/2018 / 2:40 pm

    Sarah J. Maas takes up a lot of your list! They just seem to keep getting longer, too…

  19. Eve L (Evilous) 19/10/2018 / 2:53 am

    Sarah J. Maas for sure made my list! I can’t wait for 10/23 for Kingdom of Ash!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/10/2018 / 11:19 am

      Ha ha same, it’s been so long since I last read them!

  20. Helia Reads 31/10/2018 / 6:01 pm

    I hope your essay went okay! I’m the same as you in that I tend to avoid big books because they’re quite intimidating and uni requires me to read enough big books as it is. But I’m glad I made an exception for series’ like Harry Potter and ADSOM, because those big books are really worth it. Happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/11/2018 / 11:31 am

      Thanks-I don’t get my grade back for a couple of weeks, but I think it went okay. Yeah, I just don’t have the time alongside studying to fit in bigger books. Yes, they really are. Thank you 🙂

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