Top 5 Wednesdays: Largest Books on Your TBR

I feel like the topics for this month were posted a little later than usual this month, so it left me with very little time to actually put together today’s post. I was glad to see it was at least a relatively easy topic, focusing on the longest books that you still have on your TBR. I decided to exclude lengthy classics since I consider those more of a long-term TBR, and I wanted to look at the longest books that are on my more realistic TBR. I’ve learned over the past year to be a little less intimidated by longer books, and that is a goal that is definitely carrying over to next year as well. I have at least two longer series in mind to read next year, where the average book is between 500 and 600 pages (sometimes even longer!) so it would definitely require less fear of reading something that’s a bit longer. I find that doing reading challenges sometimes actually inhibits me from taking on longer books since I feel like they will take “too long” to get through, compared to the average book which takes me 2-3 days. I’d love to find a way to balance out my challenge next year to include a good mix of longer and shorter books.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George (1139 pages) – I’ve been meaning to read quite a few of Margaret George’s books since I love historical fiction and especially love reading about the lives of people who became famous kings and queens, although I’ve never picked up any of her books because they are such an intimidating size!

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (1006 pages) – I’ve heard quite a bit about this book over the past couple of years especially, which is a bit odd considering it’s been out for over 10 years now. This book has received multiple awards, and I’ve heard great things about it, but it’s really hard for me to commit to reading something that is over 1000 pages unless I really have the time to devote to it. I’ve heard this book is a bit slow-paced, which definitely does not help when it is already very long!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (992 pages) – This is one of the longest books that I actually intend to read next year, since I’ve recently started the Throne of Glass series and really enjoyed the first book. The ACOTAR series has quickly become one of my favourites, and I was curious to see what else Sarah J. Maas had written. I’m still trying to figure out how exactly I’m going to manage to fit this one in, but it is definitely on my list for next year.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (771 pages) – I am seriously debating whether to even keep this book on my TBR at all. I had it in mind for a prompt on a reading challenge a couple of years ago requiring a book over 600 pages because it was one of the only books that I could find that fit, but I avoided reading it all year to the point where I ended up switching it out for something else instead. Since then, it has never strongly interested me and I’m not really sure I’ll ever really be in the mood to pick it up.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (725 pages) – This is the other major and lengthy series that I have in mind for next year. I have never read any of Cassandra Clare’s books although I did watch the City of Bones movie, and enjoyed it. I’ve heard so much hype surrounding this series that I figured I should finally just give in and give it a chance, especially since so many of the other strongly hyped series that I’ve heard about have been worth it for me.


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