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Top 10 Tuesday: Longest Books on my TBR

A new Tuesday, a new prompt for Top 10 Tuesday. This week the prompt is a freebie and I've decided to take a look at my extensive TBR and find the longest books and see how many I might read this year. Sometimes I'm really just in the mood for a long book and I discovered I have quite a few to choose from.

Thanks to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting another week of Top Ten Tuesday. I enjoy participating each week for a couple reasons. I'm a compulsive list maker and love a good list. And, I love a connection with other readers as I wander their book blogs. Here are the longest books on my TBR - ending with the longest..... it's the build up to the big reveal, you know!

The Lies of Locke Lamora (#1) by Scott Lynch

752 pages, 4.30 GR rating

FANTASY: An award winning book: An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly.

Dark Age (#5) by Pierce Brown

784 pages; 4.44 GR rating

FANTASY: Brown returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.

For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo.

Labyrinth of the Spirits (#4) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

805 pages; 4.52 GR rating

HISTORICAL FICTION / FANTASY: The finale of the 4 book series is a heart-pounding thriller and nail-biting work of suspense which introduces a sexy, seductive new heroine whose investigation shines a light on the dark history of Franco’s Spain.

Into the Wilderness (#1) by Sara Donati

876 pages; 4.11 GR rating

HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati's epic novel sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden affair between an unconventional Englishwoman and an American frontiersman.

Ship of Magic (#1) by Robin Hobb

880 pages; 4.19 GR rating

FANTASY: Wizardwood, a sentient wood.

The most precious commodity in the world.

Like many other legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds.

But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship fashioned from wizardwood can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River?

The Bronze Horseman #1 by Paullina Simons

894 pages; 4.3 GR rating

HISTORICAL FICTION: The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili

944 pages; 4.52 GR rating


Six romances, one revolution, the story of the century.

At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste ...

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

956 pages; 4.29 GR rating

HORROR / FANTASY: An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war.

He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan—and destroy her. But those who would protect the girl are determined to fight for what is left of the world, and their souls.

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

1144 pages; 4.3 GR rating

HISTORICAL FICTION: In her great historical epic Kristin Lavransdatter, set in fourteenth-century Norway, Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset tells the life story of one passionate and headstrong woman. Painting a richly detailed backdrop, Undset immerses readers in the day-to-day life, social conventions, and political and religious undercurrents of the period.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

1276 pages; 4.28 GR rating

CLASSIC / HISTORICAL FICTION: Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.

Do you enjoy a good long book - even if it's just once a year? I noticed that the most common genres for LONG books is generally going to be fantasy and/or historical fiction. Plus those are the two genres most likely to be written in a series (oh, and mystery/thrillers with that continuing detective). As I looked for my longest books, I didn't even remember a couple of these titles so I'd say it's time to read them or move them off the list!

I think this will be another week that will cause my TBR to grow (and grow). I can't wait to see what your freebie topics are going to be this week. Here's to all of us reading lots of good books in 2023.

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