Top Ten Tuesday: Length Matters

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

October 9: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

This should be an easy list to work up!  All I need to do is head over to Goodreads and sort my read shelf by length.  I have a feeling the longest titles will be in the Game of Thrones series…  After sorting my books I end up with only two authors for this list.  Lets put a twist on this list.  Only one book per author that way we can have a bit of variety.

Ten longest books I’ve read.

  1.  A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) 1177 Pages: This is the longest book I’ve read thus far.  It is the third book in The Song of Fire and Ice series.  All of these titles on the top of my list for longest books.  If you read all the books released so far you will have read 4,995 pages.  And I have.
  2. The Stand 1153 Pages: Mr. King was the other author at the top of my list of longest books read.  Many of his are bricks but this is the longest one I’ve read by him.  It is considered one of his finest books written and I would have to agree.  If you like epic dystopian fiction then don’t let the page count scare you off and give this one a try.
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) 870 Pages:  I was pleased to see one of the Harry Potter books on the list.  I had forgotten how some of the later books were quite long.
  4. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) 836 Pages: This is the longest book by my favorite author that I’ve read it also happens to be my absolute favorite!
  5. The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3) 819 Pages: Another surprise on the list.  This is the last in its trilogy and while classified as adult fiction in my library I think it should be in YA.
  6. The Goldfinch 771 Pages: I almost hesitate to put this one on the list because I listened to this book rather than read it…
  7. The Passage (The Passage, #1) 766 Pages: This is probably the best book in the trilogy and happens to be the first.  I will always think this is simply a lovely cover.
  8. Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) 756 Pages: I was surprised to see this one on the list.  I didn’t realize that Breaking Dawn was that long.  It has been ages since I actually read this series.  I tried to listen to the first book in audio and had to DNF.  While I will always have fond memories I don’t think I will revisit this world.
  9. Angels & Demons  (Robert Langdon, #1) 736 Pages:  This is the book before the more wildly known Da Vinci Code in the same series.  It was pretty good but Dan Brown books tend to be reliable and predictable.
  10. American Gods (American Gods, #1) 635 Pages: Not sure why I picked this one up but I enjoyed it.  Haven’t read anything by him since but I’m a big fan of the tv and movies based on his work.

What is the longest book you have ever read?  Leave it in the comments!


Monday Morning Question: Long or Short?

13829744482f96aGood Monday Morning everyone!  I hope you all had an excellent weekend of reading.  Personally, I read quite a bit this weekend, but struggled with ‘liking’ what I am currently reading.  Basically I’m mad at my book right now, and there is still over 300 pages left to read…  So it got me thinking about length of book,  all three of my reads this month (gosh that sounds sad to me…) have been over 800 pages, much longer than my normal reads which average about 260-320 pages.  So I ask you this morning: Do you prefer long books (500+ pages) or do you fancy shorter reads (<500 pages)?  

Now I realize this is kinda a silly question.  The content is what is really important, a good story is a good story no matter the number of pages.  Of course there are some books we love that we wish would never end…  I’m thinking though that I prefer shorter reads, or more average length books for print and may look to e-versions for future epic reads.  When a book is over 1000 pages long there are some serious disadvantages.  The weight of the book, even in paperback I find myself needing to prop A Storm of Swords up with a pillow when I read.  And forget reading it in bed,  I don’t enjoy dropping large books on my face right before I go to sleep…of course that might work to knock yourself out when you have trouble sleeping.  A cure for insomnia?  A library patron also pointed out that the larger paperback books also tend to fall apart sooner, just too big for their binding.  They also don’t fit in your purse as easily, this might just be a problem for my female followers though.    Now as to content, I find that these longer reads there is more pages to get bored in.  You have sometimes hundreds of pages to go between action and loads of characters that I care little for that I have to slog through.  Granted longer books do have a greater opportunity to paint a more vivid picture, but reading so many back to back make me long for a shorter book where the action is more condensed.  There is also the physiological aspect to look at.  This month I have only read three books, which sounds pretty pathetic to me when I average 12-15 titles.  When you look at page count though I will be well over my average once I finish this blasted book.  Does it make me shallow that I rather have a larger title count over page count…

So how about you?  What do you prefer, a long drawn out story with tons of pages to get lost in or a shorter work with better pacing?