TTT – The Biggest Books I’ve Read

Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! I am slowly getting used to life in the Netherlands again. I’m glad the weather isn’t as hot anymore, because I don’t think I can survive that… Anyway, let’s do some Top Ten Tuesday stuff!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and you can find all past and future prompts on her blog! This week the prompt is: questions I would ask my favorite authors, but I’m not really good with coming up with questions, so I’m doing my own thing instead! I shall list ten of the biggest books I have ever read, start to finish.

The Priory of the Orange Tree book cover

The Priory of the Orange Tree

By Samantha Shannon

Coming in at 848 pages, The Priory of the Orange Tree is large in page count, but it’s also one of the biggest by pure mass. This book is hefty. I really liked reading it, though, even though I couldn’t really take it anywhere. It also only took me a week to read it, which I’m still surprised at.
Winter book cover


By Marissa Meyer

Also coming in at over 800 pages is Winter. I bought this book in paperback, and thus didn’t know quite how large it is. It doesn’t look like it’s more than 800 pages! But I don’t mind that it’s so big. I love it when series I enjoy have big books. It means I can take longer to finish the series, and actually savor it! Though I must admit, I was a little intimidated by this one at first, and it took me a minute to pick it up.

Kingdom of Ash book cover

Kingdom of Ash

By Sarah J. Maas

I got this one on release day, saw how big it was, and then let it collect dust for half a year. Kingdom of Ash comes in at over 900 pages, and is definitely in the top 5 biggest books I’ve ever read. Again, it doesn’t look like it’s so big from the outside, but it has bible thin pages! When I finally started reading it, I did finish it quite quickly, though.
House of Earth and Blood book cover

House of Earth and Blood

By Sarah J. Maas

Another SJM novel, and one I read this year! House of Earth and Blood has just over 800 pages, which doesn’t even make it the biggest book on this list. This book was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and for me it did not disappoint. Does anyone have eyes on when book two will come out? I seriously can’t wait for the release of that one either.

Queen of Air and Darkness book cover

Queen of Air and Darkness

By Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare’s hardcover books are always pretty big, because they always use the thick paper. So honestly, the entire Dark Artifices series looks huge. But book one and two having nothing on book three. Queen of Air and Darkness comes in at over 900 pages! And it has the thick pages, too, making it weigh quite a lot.
A Clash of Kings book cover

A Clash of Kings

By George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings comes in at over 900 pages as well, and makes it the biggest single-book in the series. Technically, A Storm of Swords and A Dance with Dragons are bigger, but my editions are split in two. I honestly can’t believe I read this entire series. This was way before I participated in reading challenges, and these books would’ve slowed me down too much. That said, if The Winds of Winter ever comes out I will for sure buy and read it.

Fall of Giants book cover

Fall of Giants

By Ken Follett

This book has just over 850 pages, making it slightly smaller than I remember. I honestly thought it was over 1000. But 850 is definitely still big! This first book in The Century Trilogy tells the story of a couple of seemingly unrelated families, as they suffer the effects from the first world war. It’s one of the very few historical fictions I have read.
Winter of the World book cover

Winter of the World

Ken Follett

Where Fall of Giants was about World War I, this book is about World War II. It’s the same premise; families from different parts of the world deal with the war the best they can. What’s fun about this series is that the main characters from book two, are the children of the main characters from book one. Winter of the World comes in at just over 900 pages, which makes it quite chunky for a mass market paperback. I’m hoping to read Edge of Eternity casually between other reads.

The Empire of Gold book cover

The Empire of Gold

By S.A. Chakraborty

The Empire of Gold has slightly less than 800 pages, which makes it the second smallest book on this list. I’m low key proud of myself that I apparently have read this many books that are between 700 and 1000 pages! In my opinion, page count matters nothing if the book is good. This definitely was the case for The Empire of Gold; I finished it in less than a week!
The Hero of Ages book cover

The Hero of Ages

Brandon Sanderson

Last on this list is The Hero of Ages, that with 724 pages makes the smallest book on this list. But let’s be real, 700 pages for a mass market paperback is still pretty big. The Mistborn trilogy is one of my favorites ever, and I hope to one day reread the entire series. But first, I want to wait for The Lost Metal, which will be the fourth book in the second era Mistborn books.

That’s it for today! It turns out that all of the biggest books I’ve read have at least 700 pages, but I think if a book has over 500 it’s already pretty chunky. What is the biggest book you ever read?

Find more of my past Top Ten Tuesday posts here!


  1. August 25, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    Wow, you’ve read some long books!

    My post .

    • simonevanheijst
      August 25, 2020 / 4:42 pm

      I honestly surprised myself a little with this list, because I don’t read large books that often! Or so I thought..

  2. August 25, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Some of these are definitely among the biggest books I’ve read as well, Priory, Kingdom of Ash and The Empire of Gold. I actually ended up reading them either all or in part (Kingdom of Ash) in audiobook version because I found them a lot more manageable that way!
    My TTT:

    • simonevanheijst
      August 25, 2020 / 4:45 pm

      I sometimes read big books on my ereader! That way they don’t seem that big anymore and I can just go by how much reading time I have left. If I can see how big a book is I am not as likely to start reading it 🙈

    • simonevanheijst
      August 25, 2020 / 5:31 pm

      I’ve started reading The Way of Kings a while ago! With adult fantasies I tend to go slower, so I’m reading different books in between. But I’d say I’m about halfway through now 😊

  3. August 25, 2020 / 9:33 pm

    All of those GoT books are monsters! I read them in a summer and it felt like a job. You’ve read some really long books!

    My TTT

    • simonevanheijst
      August 25, 2020 / 11:04 pm

      They are! I’m still surprised by myself. Some of these books were 900 pages and I read all of that?!😂

  4. August 26, 2020 / 3:06 am

    Great topic! I’ve read The Lunar Chronicles series and most of the Mistborn series and man, those books are chunksters. I don’t mind long books as long as they keep me engaged throughout. Otherwise, they’re just annoying.

    Happy TTT!


    • simonevanheijst
      August 26, 2020 / 12:45 pm

      Very true! If a book is gonna be big, it should also be good start to finish. I never like to read long books that takes 200 pages to get to the main plot.

      Happy TTT!

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