Longest books on my TBR

Hi everyone, I hope all is well! (fun fact: that’s how I start almost every email)

Today I thought I’d go through my TBR and look at the longest books on there. I have mixed feelings about long books. On the one hand, it’s more book. On the other hand, it takes a long time to read, and I could be reading two or three books rather than this one book. But these are the longest books on my TBR!


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: 1,463 pages

I’ve watched the movie of Les Mis and loved it, and one of my best friends loved the book too. But I feel like this is going to be one of those books that I’ll never read but will also never take off my TBR, y’know?


Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkein: 1,216 pages

This is for the entire trilogy, so idk if it’s cheating? And honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever read these books either. I’ve never seen the movies (even though we own them, I should get on that) but I feel like they might be more entertaining than the books? Let me know your thoughts!


Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: 1,037 pages

Again, I’ve never seen this movie. But it seems like one of those books everyone has read? It’s another one of those books that I’ll probably never read if we’re being honest but also don’t want to give up.


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: 816 pages

I’ve heard SO MANY good things about this book and everyone seems to say the same things: it’s very good, very sad, and very long. And honestly, sometimes you just need to read something heartbreaking.


Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi: 689 pages

So tbh I know almost nothing about the Manson murders. But I love true crime and I think this would be really interesting. But I’ve also heard mixed things. So let me know if you’ve read it and what your thoughts were!


So there you have it, the five longest books on my TBR. Have you read any of these? Should I read them? Let me know!

Ally xx

32 thoughts on “Longest books on my TBR

  1. My suggestion with A Little Life is to think of it more as a 400 page book, because that’s honestly what it feels like. I read it in 3 days, I could not believe how quick and readable it was. But obviously, one of the most difficult and harrowing books I’ve ever read in my life… in a good way.

    Also Les Miserables is my favorite book of all time so obviously I have to encourage you to read that! Another one that isn’t nearly as daunting once you get going. It’s such an intricate and beautiful story. I’m a huge fan of the musical as well, but it’s crazy just how much the musical leaves out even though it’s still a pretty faithful adaptation.

    And I’m thinking of reading Helter Skelter this October! It’s one of my backlist books I’ve been meaning to get to for ages and it seems like a good creepy fall read.

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    1. That’s good to know! Maybe I’ll save it for when I need a good sad book, you know?

      My best friend recently read Les Mis and loved it, so I’ll probably read it eventually! I loved the musical so I’m interested in reading the actual book and learning more about the characters.

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  2. Yes, read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    I read Les Misérables, the entire unabridged without skipping anything. It took me less than one summer. If it wasn’t for the musical, wouldn’t have dared to read the book. It applied the musical to the book in order to read it. I was able to understand what was going on in the book.

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      1. If I just saw that book in the bookstore, I wouldn’t have picked up that book or thought about buying it or anything.

        As I was reading it, I kept on applying the musical. I was aware of slight character differences. My interpretation of the characters is a combination of the book and musical and the portrayals of the actors/actresses I have seen play them. I wrote in the songs. It really helps using the musical

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  3. The LOTR movies are great, and you can totally enjoy them without ever reading the books if that’s your decision. You won’t be missing anything: I have issues with some of the adaptation choices, but ONLY because I loved the books before I saw the movies. On the other hand, it’s fairly easy to read the LOTR trilogy as three separate books if you want, which does make it a lot less intimidating.

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  4. Gone With the Wind and Les Mis are on my TBR too. The longest book I’ve ever read was The Stand by Stephen King and it was 1,152 pages. Les Mis seems a lot more daunting but I can’t wait to get to it!

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  5. A Little Life is so HUGE and quite intimidating for me as well. I’ve heard mixed things about it as well, people either really love it or dislike it, and I don’t think I can manage reading a 800 page book that I think is only “okay”. Good luck in reading all these books someday!

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  6. LOTR is astonishingly good. But don’t worry if you’re not liking it for a while. The Tom Bombadil section during the early part of book 1 is a bit of a drag. It picks up after that. Be sure to read the appendices too: they fill in a lot of the gaps about what happens to the characters after it ‘ends’. Good luck!

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  7. Long books are the best books! ❤️ Gone With the Wind and Les Mis are one of my favourites ever and I think with Gone With the Wind even at the end, I just wanted to continue, I didn’t want to leave Scarlett because that’s how fascinating she is. A Little Life is gut-wrenching and will make you cry. A lot. So proceed with caution, there are some heavy topics it deals with.

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    1. They’re so good!
      Oooh, good to know about Gone With the Wind! The best books are the ones that you want to keep reading even after they’ve finished!
      I’ve heard A Little Life is hard to read, so I’m definitely waiting until I’m in the right head space for it!

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