TTT: Longest Books On My TBR

I have a confession to make: I`m intimidated by long books. First of all, I rarely DNF books. So the idea of reading an 800 pages novel only to hate it, sounds a bit daunting. I`m also a mood reader, and I feel that longer books require more commitment. That`s not to say I have not read my fair share of long books, considering I`m a huge Dostoyevsky fan. But not enough to make a compelling list for today`s Top Ten Tuesday. So I`ve decided to pun my own spin on the topic, and talk about the longest books on my TBR. Let`s go!

1. "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy (1296 pages)
Let`s address the elephant in the room: I can barely hold this humongous book. Just a bit under 1300 pages, it feels like you`re holding a brick. But the Vintage covers are so pretty! And I highly enjoyed the BBC adaptation, so I`m even more interested in the book now. Normally I`d say to watch adaptations after you`ve read the book, but when it comes to classics, it`s easier that way. At least the names are not confusing anymore, cause you can associate them with a face.

2. "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy (963 pages)
A mere novella compared to "War and Peace". Joking, it`s still a heavy book. Again, I`m familiar with the story, though I can`t say I`ve enjoyed that abysmal adaptation with Keira Knightley. I am a big fan of the director, Joe Wright, but I did not like the mechanical sequences, which produced a movie void of any emotions. Here`s hope that I will like the book infinite better.

3. "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami (925 pages)
This book contains the whole trilogy, but I`ve decided to count it as one. If you know me, you`ll know that Murakami`s one of my favourite authors, and dystopia is one of my favourite genres. Add in magical realism elements, and I`ll fangirl like a 10-year-old at a Bieber concert (kids these days really have awful taste in music).

4. "It" by Stephen King (1166 pages)
I`m currently reading this book, and it`s so good. I must have seen every Stephen King adaptation ever made, but it`s the first time I`m reading one of his novels. And oh boy, the man can write. I don`t want to go into too many details now, cause I`ll write a review after I finish it.

5. "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss (662 pages)
Epic fantasy is an intimidating genre, but everyone raves about this series. From what I know, we follow the journey of an orphan boy who becomes one of the most powerful magicians in the world. I don`t know too much, other than Rothfuss`s writing is incredible. Or so they say.

6. "The Romanovs: 1613-1918" by Simon Sebag Montefiore (784 pages)
Although my heart belongs to the Tudors, I find the Romanovs equally fascinating. Once one of the most successful dynasties of modern times, the Romanovs faced a tragic ending. I might buddy read this book with my dad, the original history geek in the family. Then we can compare notes.

7. "Muse of Nightmares" by Laini Taylor (528 pages)
I recently read "Strange the Dreamer" and it`s already one of my favourite fantasy novels. At 528 pages, the sequel is nothing compared to some of the titles mentioned above. But because Laini`s writing is so lyrical, I like to take my time and appreciate every sentence. I`ll probably start "Muse of Nightmares" next week; I can`t wait to be part of that world again.

8. "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck (601 pages)
John Steinbeck is one of my most recommended authors. I love deep and characters driven books, and apparently, his books are just like that. This is considered one of the greatest novels of all times, and I must admit, I`m anxious to read it. Will it live up to the hype? Can`t say until I pick it up.

Here are some of the longest books on my TBR. Let me know in the comments if you`ve read any of them, or if you have other suggestions based on these titles.

* TTT is a weekly meme/feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

5 comments

  1. Anna Karenina is one I've enjoyed!

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  2. 1Q84 is one of my all-time favourites! Forever glad that I bought the three parts separately so it didn't physically feel so long, although it was so damn good I'd happily read it all the way through as one tome and risk permanent damage to my wrists... I've got Shogun by James Clavell (1125 pages) on my bedside table right now but I'm only 50 pages in because it is just so daunting to get stuck into. Hoping my long-haul flight next month will be my time!

    Michelle / Daisybutter.com

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    1. Good luck with it. My dad read it and he loved it.

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  3. I'm so impressed. War and Peace and Anna Karenina on your list? I think I'd need a buddy read for both and maybe a few months to get through either.

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