Top 5 Wednesday: The Longest Books On My To Read List



Top 5 Wednesday is a group on Goodreads.com that posts lists on fun bookish topics each week. You may do a blog post or a vlog- (video) post. Join the group, then join the fun!


This week’s topic was really hard! Both the distruction of attention spans by social media and the cost to publishers vs ROI means so few books are over 300 pages these days! So, I had included both new titles and some that have been on my list for ages–mostly due to not being able to get them on audio thru my library system or state regional libraries. (I did not include Les Miserables because I am reading it slowly, taking my time, but it is huge.)

The New Titles



Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty 464 pages.




Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 480 pages

I tried listening to this book, but did not like the author’s way of reading it, so I will be reading it in print instead. 480 pages.

The Lingering Titles



The Bostonians by Henry James–this version claims 480 pages.




This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (aka “The Great War”)–maybe I should get with it and read this one.  I’ve included this one since I’m doing Nonfiction November–another Goodreads.com group you can join. 544 pages make this the longest book on today’s list.

1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson, 544 pages.




I’ve been meaning to read this since high school in the 1970s!  South Riding by Winifred Holtby, this version claims 502 pages.


12 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: The Longest Books On My To Read List

  1. I finished reading South Riding yesterday – yes it does have 500+ pages but its not a slow read at all. The characterisation is so good and she keeps changing the focus from one person to another so it never feels like its dragging

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have to buy the Kindle version of Kingsolvers new book–hopefully this week on payday. I love her books. Maybe I can reclaim some of my attention span. I do think it can just be the quality of today’s novels—there are a lot I’ve tried that personally I’d have rejected! [Those generally don’t get reviewed here.]

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I have always enjoyed reading a long book, but you’re right, contemporary books are much shorter. I appreciate that sometimes, but it’s nice to really sink into a story and not finish it immediately. Great list!

    Liked by 1 person

I enjoy reading your comments!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s