Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

This was a hard topic because I don’t keep track of my books by page length, and even though Goodreads lets you see which was the longest book you read per year, they don’t let you sort ALL the books you’ve read in order of page length (although if there is a way to do this, please comment and let me know!). So I went to Goodreads and looked at what was the longest book I read each year, and this is what I got. Although by the time I got to 2015, I don’t think I tracked every single book I read on goodreads, so this may not be accurate, but here we go:

2018: City of Heavenly Fire, 725 pages
Although one problem with Cassandra Clare books is that they use a lot larger font than every other book (such as Sarah J. Maas’s). PLUS, there is a bigger amount of spacing between the lines as well, artifically inflating the page count of her books. I’m not quite sure why the publishers do this? It’s rather annoying, especially because the books end up being so thick and hard to hold. I mean, if you put a Sarah J. Maas book next to this one, Sarah J. Maas’s will come out to be a lot thinner in terms of spine, which I like. All that to say, this is probably not the longest book I read this year, since I also read Tower of Dawn (and plan to read Kingdom of Ash!), but in terms of artificially inflated page numbers, it is.

2017: Empire of Storms, 693 pages
And there you have it. I mentioned Sarah J. Maas, and of course her book was the longest for this year. High fantasy usually is.

2016: A Court of Mist and Fury, 626 pages
Another Sarah J. Maas.

2015: The Hypnotist’s Love Story, 466 pages
I’m not sure if this was actually the longest I read this year (and if it was, wow sad), but I don’t think I have all my books logged in on goodreads

2014: Cracking the MCAT by the Princeton Review, 1168 pages
Yup, I used to be pre-med once upon a time. And I’m not even sure I read this in its entirety?

2013: Velocity by Dean Koontz, 460 pages
Another short one, mostly because I haven’t logged all my books on goodreads.

Okay, after that I barely have any books on goodreads, so I’m just going to pick a few random ones:
Longest audiobook I’ve “read”: A Time to Kill by John Grisham (it was a total of 17 torturous hours, but by the end I was listening to it on 2x speed).
Longest book I have read in a single day: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! This was probably the longest book I had ever read in my life up to that point, and probably the longest book I have ever read in a single day.
Longest book I plan to (maybe) one day read: A Count of Monte Cristo with over 1,000 pages. I originally wanted to read this when I was watching the show Revenge, and it was loosely based on that. I had plans to read it during the hiatus of that show, but then I lost interest in that show and the length of this book.
Longest book I gave up on: Anna Karenina, 800-1,000 pages (DNF @ 200 pages). It was just really boring, and was I really interested in reading about an adulterous “romance”? No, thank you.

Also wow, this was kind of another boring topic because who wants to hear so much about page length? And I can’t review some of the books since it’s been so many years and sadly I don’t have a review for a lot of my books on goodreads.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to meet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

First off, before I begin my list, I have to mention that today my favorite author, Jodi Picoult, has a new book coming out and I am SO excited! I have been waiting two years for this (since her last book came out), so all I’ll be doing today is reading (you know, when I’m not working at least). On top of that, Holly Black is releasing a short story set during The Cruel Prince, and the sequel to Strange the Dreamer (which I still haven’t finished reading), is coming out today. So all in all, today is a huge day in the bookish world!

1. Jodi Picoult
Since I just mentioned that she’s my favorite author, I of course have to put her first. And I’ve actually spoken to her on Twitter, and that completely made my day! (I had mentioned how

2. Peter Hermann
I’m kind of cheating with this one because I haven’t read his book yet (it’s a children’s book), and he was only recently published, and I’m mostly just including this because I absolutely love him on Younger, and Charles is totally my dream man.

3. Mindy Kaling
Why not include another celebrity? But I mean, Mindy Kaling is just amazing all around. From her acting career, to both of her memoirs which I LOVE LOVE LOVED reading, to the fact that she’s a single mom who’s my role model (because I’ve constantly told myself if I’m in my 30s and still single, I’m totally adopting. Who needs a man anyway).

So yeah, I’m getting a little carried away from this list, but I’ll just go ahead and say: I’m not really too interested in meeting too many authors just because I’m not sure what I’d do once I meet them? What’s the point? I might admire these people, but they’re strangers and one 10 second meeting isn’t going to turn us into bffs sadly, so this isn’t my favorite top ten tuesday post, but I’m trying to become regular with my linking up, so I’ll continue.

4. Sarah J. Maas
Just because she barely did any signings this year (so sad about that), and the ones she did have were sold out in minutes, so now I feel like I’m missing out.

5. Reese Witherspoon
I feel like I’m cheating on this one too because she recently became published, and I’m not even that interested in the book, but she’s one of my faves. I could have potentially “met” her, but tickets to her latest book signing started at around $80 to sit at the back of a large auditorium… no thank you.

6. Yasmin Mogahed
Because I loved her book Reclaim Your Heart and I feel like she and I think a lot alike.

7. JK Rowling
Maybe? She’s not one of my favorite authors, even though I’ll always love Harry Potter, but I feel like going to a book signing by her would be extremely rare, which makes me want to be able to go.

8. Ellen Degeneres
I’m sure you’re not seeing a theme here or anything… celebrities and their memoirs.

9. Holly Black
If that meant I could get an ARC of The Wicked King.

10. Melissa Joan Hart
Because I loved her on Sabrina, and then Melissa and Joey.

Note: Once again I want to add, not all of the authors I highlighted above are my absolute favorite, just ones I think it would be fun to meet.

Last week’s top ten: books by my favorite authors that I haven’t read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books by My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
There was a time when I was obsessed with this series. ACOMAF was one of my favorite books of all time, and I had binge read ACOTAR and ACOMAF over the course of just a couple of days. But then I had almost a year to wait for the next book, and after that, my love for this series just waned. It might have been end-of-the-series syndrome (something I may or may not have just made up on the spot), but it took me seven months to finally finish it. After that, I was still excited for this book, bought it on release day… but since then, I have only managed to read 50 pages. I don’t know why. I’m just not as into it anymore.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
I was looking forward to this book all year! Also bought it on release day, but I told myself I had to finish reading Batman: Nightwalker before I could begin this even though it’s a standalone. I finally finished that, but I still haven’t gotten around to finishing this. Is my love for SJM waning?

Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery
As sad as I am to say it, but I’m not sure LMM can be counted as one of my favorite authors anymore if I have only enjoyed half of her books? I absolutely loved Anne of Green Gables, but even then, there were some books that were just slower, and I just wasn’t as interested in reading about Anne’s kids. Then Emily of New Moon was so depressing. And her collections of short stories? Some I just have a hard time getting into. At one point, I was sure I’d read everything by her, but now I’ve found myself trudging through and forcing myself to read those. And I picked up Pat of Silver Bush, but I’m just finding Pat annoying so I’m having a hard time finishing it.

And I am having such a hard time coming up with more because if someone is my favorite author, then I have probably read everything by them (like Jodi Picoult, Colleen Hoover, A. J. Jacobs, Jon Ronson, Alexandra Robbins, Sarah Dessen). And if I haven’t read everything by them, it’s probably because I no longer consider them a favorite author, such as Malcolm Gladwell. I just find him too pretentious for my liking now. I wish I had never heard a podcast by him because those just made me view him in a different light and now I can’t enjoy his books as much. Or some authors have written a particular series that I love (Harry Potter, The Princess Diaries), but I just have no interest in reading other things by them.

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
After reading One True Loves, After I do, and Maybe in Another Life, I considered TJR one of my favorite authors, but I couldn’t bring myself to read this one because it was just too sad: it was about the main character losing her husband, and then flashes back to how they fell in love. I mean, why would I want to read that if I already know he dies? What’s the point? And then I read Evelyn Hugo, which I didn’t like. And then “Evidence of the Affair,” which I also didn’t like, and that just solidified my not wanting to read this. And this goes back to my point of, either I’ve read everything by my favorite author, or they’re probably not a favorite author.

Who Killed My Daughter? by Lois Duncan
I forgot Lois Duncan was one of my favorite authors because it’s been years since I read any of her books, but I read all of her fiction ones back in middle school! I never got around to reading this one because it’s a really sad unsolved mystery of who killed her daughter, and it’s something that haunted her all the way to the end of her life. Just months before she passed away, she mentioned on Twitter how they were getting closer to finding the killer.

Origin by Dan Brown
Not even sure if I’d consider him a favorite author as my interest in his books is also waning, but there was a point when I’d binge read his books (especially when it was finals time in undergrad!), so I’ll add this here. I started it, and will finish it… one day.

Ever by Gail Carson Levine
Here’s another author that I forgot was a favorite because I also read her books in middle school. Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve probably re-read it more than any other book (including Harry Potter) to the point where I basically have every scene memorized. I went on to read several of her other books, but I stopped at this one because I just wasn’t interested in reading about some “god”. But now an Ella Enchanted prequel is coming out next month (Ogre Enchanted), so I think I may finally pick up one of her books again!

The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
I’m not sure if I’d consider KMM one of my favorite authors as I do have some issues with her writing, but I blew through all 10 books of the Fever series + the graphic novel, so maybe she does? For some reason, I still hesitate in wanting to read the Highlander series.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
I’m not sure I could ever consider CC one of my favorite authors just because she’s way too problematic, but I have enjoyed reading all of her previous books (to some extent), so I’ll go ahead and add it here. I do enjoy her writing, and I will probably get to this book this year.

Escape from Shudder Mansion by R. L. Stine
Another one of my childhood favorites. I’ll include him here since I just wrote a whole post on him yesterday, even though realistically, I’ll never finish reading his entire backlog (and I’m not even sure that some of his books aren’t ghost written).