Top 10 Longest Books on My TBR


Hi, it’s Maija here, and today I’m going to
talk about the top 10 longest books on my TBR. So I have seen this sort of video
going around a while ago and most recently I watched Cass from What Cass
Read do this, and then I thought why not do it myself. I was sort of curious at
how long the longest books on my TBR were. So I’m only going to be talking
about the books on my owned physical TBR and not my ebook TBR or my whole
Goodreads TBR or anything, just the books that I own. And I am cheating a bit, I am
including 11 books, because two of the books on this list are from the same series,
so I thought why not add one more, and also because that made the cutting off
point at 500 pages, so these are all the books over 500 pages that I own. It also
works out because 500 pages is sort of the point where I usually go “Do I want
to read this book now or do I want to pick up something shorter and read this
later?” So since I haven’t read these, I can’t tell you a lot about each of these
books, but let’s go and see what are the books that I own that are over 500
pages. So just making this list at 508 pages is the Night Circus by Erin
Morgenstern. And this is perhaps the book that I’ve owned the longest out of this
pile. And I originally picked it up because I was interested in the circus theme and
also the fact that this was originally written as a NaNoWriMo novel. I don’t
know anything else about this than it is about circus and a couple of rival
magicians, I believe. Next up is Corambis by Sarah
Monette at 513 pages and this is part of a fantasy series that I bought all of
the books – there are four books and this is the final one in the series – I bought all
of them at eBay in one bunch, and I haven’t read the rest of the series yet,
so I can’t have read this final book in the series. This is a dark fantasy series,
I don’t know much about this, I just know that I loved The Goblin Emperor by
Katherine Addison which is a pen name of Sarah Monette’s, so I wanted to try out her
other books. Next up comes a new release, The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. And
this is one of those books that was bought to me as a birthday gift in
December and I am planning to read this quite soon. This is 532 pages. This is
nominated for the BooktubeSFF Awards in the Debut Novel category, I think it was.
It is about djinn and I think it’s set in Cairo – 18th century Cairo. So it
is a historical fantasy novel and I don’t really want to know much about it.
I think the main character is a young woman who perhaps has magic and she
meets this djinn. At 561 pages comes Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey,
which is the first book in the Expanse series. This is also one that I’ve owned
for quite a while, a long while before the TV series started. And I have
actually watched the first season of the TV series which I quite enjoyed, so I am
looking forward to this. It’s about this group of people on this ice miner and
then also this one detective looking into a missing girl, and they all
get tangled up into this political tangle. I’m waiting to feel like reading
some space opera and then I will pick this one up, but one thing that is deterring
me a bit is that I know that my favorite character from the TV series, I think she
is called Avasarala, isn’t in this book yet. Next I have A Discovery of Witches by
Deborah Harkness and this is a chunky hardcover that clocks in at 594 pages. I
believe this is part of an urban fantasy series, it has witches and vampires and
it might be a trilogy, and it might be called the All Souls trilogy, but I’m not a
hundred percent sure. I basically picked this up because it was very cheap and it
had vampires in it. Almost moving on to the 600 page mark we have Lois McMaster
Bujold’s Cordelia’s Honor at 596 pages. This is actually two books in one,
this is Barrayar and Shards of Honor, and these are the books that are recommended
to read first in the Miles Vorkosigan series, which is this long-running
science fiction series where the main character is called Miles Vorkosigan,
but these books tell about his mother, Cordelia. I found this at a thrift
store for under one euro, so of course I picked it up. I’ve been meaning to read
something from Lois McMaster Bujold for ages, but I think I’m gonna start with the
Curse of Chalion, which has been on my fantasy TBR for ages – it’s on my eBooks,
so let’s not talk about it more now. At 599 pages we have another
chunky hardcover and that is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay
Kristoff, and this is a young adult science fiction book featuring two teens
and an AI on a spaceship… that’s all I know. It was pretty popular, it is pretty
popular even still on booktube, and I won this in a giveaway from Libby like
a year ago and I still haven’t read it. Sorry, Libby, I’m gonna read it this year.
So now we’re moving on to books that are over 600 pages, and at 630 pages I have
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. This is the second book in the Gentleman
Bastard series, and I think this is featuring pirates. I did quite enjoy The
Lies of Locke Lamora, not as much as a lot of people did, but I did really like
it and I found it fun. This is also one that I’ve owned for a long
while and been putting off because it’s so long. Please tell me in the comments
that I should finally read this book. So this is a high fantasy series about this
group of thieves and it manages to be quite clever at times. Also at 630
pages I have Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb, the trilogy where
we return to Fitz and the Fool once again. And I’m sort of dreading reading
this: I know I’m going to love it, but then there will be perhaps no more Fitz
and the Fool books? I don’t know. I’m sort of feeling both excited and hesitant to
jump onto this trilogy. So this is of course a part of a long-running high
fantasy series, Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb. The first book in
the first trilogy was called Assassin’s Apprentice and that is the one that you
should start with. So there’s the Farseer trilogy, the Liveship Traders
trilogy, the Tawny Man trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles, which is four
books, and then there’s this Fitz and the Fool trilogy. So if you want to read
about a royal assassin and a royal fool, pick this one up. The second longest book
on my TBR is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. This is again one of those books
that have been on my TBR for ages, and this is 704 pages. This is once again a
vampire book, I have shown this many times before, I’ve always said that I will
read this once I have reread Dracula, I’ve been saying that for about two
years. I really need to reread Dracula. So yeah, Dracula actually, I think,
features in this book, so I need to do that. And the longest book on my TBR is
perhaps a bit anticlimactic because you saw one other book from this series in
this video before, and that is The Republic of Thieves by
Scott Lynch and this is 722 pages. This is the third book in the Gentleman
Bastard series. I don’t know what they do in this one because I haven’t read the
second one, the pirate one. It sort of looks like this Venice Carnival mask
thing, and I’m all for that. So those were the top ten longest
books on my TBR. I think Illuminae is the one that would go
by the fastest, because it is written in sort of these interviews and stuff, but
the one that I am most excited to read is The City of Brass, so I will read that
quite soon, I think. I was going to say “let me know if there’s a hidden gem here”,
but I think the majority of these books are quite well known and quite well
loved on booktube, so just try to encourage me to pick up some longer
books in the comments. And also tell me what do you consider a long book? I do
get that hesitant feeling at the 500 page mark, even though I
like to read long fantasy books. These- none of these were, like, 900 pages like
some of them are. I think the Fool’s Assassin is actually quite a short book
for a Robin Hobb book at six hundred and thirty pages, I thought it would be over
700, at least. But anyway, talk to me more in the comments, and I will see you
in my next video.

9 thoughts on “Top 10 Longest Books on My TBR

  1. Hi. How are you doing? I have actually read maybe two of the books that you mentioned. I will tell you that the historian is not memorable and I found it to be okay when I read it but it's not the kind of book that has ever stuck with me and my mind again after reading it and there were quite a few parts that were really boring. I have also read or tried to read the book a discovery of witches which I found was all right but I had to actually put that book down without finishing it for one because the main character was portrayed as being so perfect that I found I could not relate to her at all. She just had a lot of weird qualities that I just could not get into very well. I don't know you might like it but I felt very disconnected from it during the entire time and I found my mind wandering a lot. I do have some good news, I just got finished with reading and listening to the second book in the gentleman greatcoats series by Sebastian de Castel which is called Knights shadow. This Series has been really good so far. I am going to try to get started on the 3rd book which is called Saints blood sometime today. I am really hoping that I will be able to get finished with this whole series by the end of this year because it will be the first time that I have actually gotten finished with a series without getting distracted. This is been a major problem for me in the past. After I get done with this series I may go back to reading and listening to the rest of the crown of stars series by Kate Elliott or another serious I'm not so sure which one yet. I am glad that you really love Robin Hobbes books but I have to say that I tried to read the Assassin's Apprentice and when I tried to read the second book Fitz annoyed the hell out of me I don't know why but he does. Happy reading and I'm hoping I'll be able to start rereading her series soon

  2. Looking at my TBR I still have 9 books over 500 pages and 3 of them are over 800. Sigh, that is so daunting and I've been stuck in my 700page book since February.

  3. The Night Circus is absolutely best read in Fall or Winter. 😀 City of Brass was fabulous! I hope you enjoy it. A Discovery of Witches sounds potentially terrible/amazing. Only time (and Maija) will tell! I've had Red Seas Under Red Skies since it came out but wasn't pulled in by the first chapter so I dropped it. I WOULD like to read it at some point but… can't get up the enthusiasm, heh. Maybe if we did it as a buddy read we could do it? Is it crazy that I actually never knew The Historian was a vampire novel??? I'm the same in regards to what I think constitutes a "long" book… Over 500 starts feeling a bit long.

  4. i'm in the exact same boat with The Historian. I keep saying i'll get around to it but so far… *sheepish shrug *

  5. No worries about not getting to Illuminae. I've heard that the second book in the series isn't as good, so I'm waiting to get my hands on the third one, and then I'll binge them all. That way, any problems with Gemina will hopefully be lost in the blur of the series.

    I look forward to your thoughts on The Historian. On the one hand, the blurb sounds interesting, but there are so many low goodreads ratings.

  6. I never realized that Cordelia's Honor was a long book until you held it up! Well I read it as 2 books and in ebook so it read quickly!

  7. I tend to think of long books as being 600+ pages. I feel like I've read a lot of books about the 500 pg mark and I didn't feel like it was necessarily very long. It depends a lot on the book/genre and age group 🙂

    I need to get started on Bujold. I'll probably start out with her fantasy series, but I hope I'll enjoy Vorkosigan Saga as well. Rachel speaks so highly of it!

  8. I'm hoping to read Dracula for the first time this summer! Let's hope we both manage to read it this year 🙂 I'm certainly interested in hearing about The Historian!

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