Long Books Worth the Effort and Those That Weren’t

Hey book worms, time for my weekly book meme! As usual I will be doing Top 10 Tuesday a meme created by The Broke & the Bookish, but which is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl featuring a different bookish related theme each week. This week we are talking about the longest books we have read. I wanted to put a little bit of a spin on that and do long books that were definitely worth the long read, and then some that really were not. As always I love to hear your input, if you agree or disagree with my choices let me know in the comments. And also just keep in mind these are my personal opinion, don’t let them discourage you from giving some of these books a go!

1. Worth it: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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So I couldn’t have a list of great long books without mentioning Harry Potter. Now there are lots of long ones but I decided to pick the longest one for this list. Order of the phoenix may seem like a daunting read, but it was so engaging that I barely even noticed how long the book was!

2. Not Worth it: Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore

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This is the third and final book in the Graceling trilogy, and honestly it was just not as good as the first two. I thought the book dragged on and was about 200 pages longer than it ended to be. It was definitely a let down, considering how much I enjoyed the first two books.

3. Worth it: And I Darken, Kiersten White

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This is probably the shortest book on my list (short being a relative term here), but it was quite a read. It could drag on at times, and since it is historical fiction (kind of) there was a lot of information thrown at me. But once I finished the book it left me clamouring for the sequel!

4. Not Worth it: War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

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I will admit I was one of those people who read this book just for the sake of reading it (which might have been the problem). I think classics just aren’t for me, and this book it one of the longest classics there is. It just didn’t grab my attention, and though I could appreciate the excellent writing Tolstoy presents, it was still a painful slog to get to the end.

5. Worth it: Renegades, Marissa Meyer

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If you’ve read some of my other posts you know how much I love this book! I mean superhero, anti-heroes, villains and mistaken identity, how could you not love this?! It flew by and honestly I would have been happy with 100 more pages.

6. Not Worth it: Under the Dome, Stephen King

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I should probably start by saying I read this when I was 13 which was a huge mistake. This book was just plain disturbing, and it really scarred me for life. I never even finished it, I got to a section about halfway through about necrophilia and that was it for me. If you like horror this might not be as terrifying for you as it was for me, but wither way it is extremely long.

7. Worth it: War Storm, Victoria Aveyard

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This is the final book in the Red Queen series and I really loved it. I thought it wrapped up the series nicely and even though it was long, I liked the it took the time to address all the characters and give us the conclusion we all were waiting for.

8. Not Worth it: Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer

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Ok please don’t hate me, I know there are a lot of Twilight fans out there (and I’ll be honest I hopped on that bandwagon myself for a little bit), but this book was too much for me. I had to skip a large portion of this book, because it was too much ‘twilight’ in one go (if that makes sense lol). I think this book would have been much better if it had been about half the size.

9. Worth it: The Arabian Nights

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This is one of my favourite collection of fairytales (are they fairytales? classic stories maybe?) of all time. I love the story of Aladdin and in its original form it is even better. I will say that I can’t read this all in one go, it is something I pick up when I am in the right mood.

10. Not Worth it: Middlemarch, George Eliot

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This was a book I was assigned in high school, and I guess this comes back to my dislike of classic literature. I think the way it was written (older english) and the meticulous way every act, and event is described was just not engaging for me. I again can appreciate why this book is revered and has been remembered for so long, but it just wasn’t for me.

What are some long books that would make your list? let me know in the comments!


18 thoughts on “Long Books Worth the Effort and Those That Weren’t

  1. I do like Stephen King, but I have mixed ideas about Under the Dome. I Know they made an awful show about it. I never watched it. I do want to read it, but, that kind of time is an investment.

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  2. Oh no! I haven’t read Bitterblue yet, but I was looking forward to it! I ended up DNFing And I Darken. It was such a cool setting, but like you said, it dragged on at parts. Maybe I’ll give it another go one day.

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