26 Books in 2017 Book 16: Books over 500 Pages Long

Big Books

Quality versus Quantity

Book 16 in the 26-Books-in-52-Weeks Challenge has to be a book that is over 500 pages long.

Now, in the world of books size shouldn’t matter. Quality isn’t necessarily linked to quantity. If it’s a big book but it’s also a page-turner, I’ll read it more quickly and with more enjoyment than a short, tedious one.

For example, Books 4 to 7 in the Harry Potter series were whoppers. I loved them. And I think it’s safe to say, so did plenty other people.

I haven’t read more recent bedside-table-busters such as Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, or George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, but it’s evident their popularity hasn’t suffered because of their length. Similarly with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books which I also haven’t read, but isn’t it great that so many young folks have – because hey, they’re reading!

So what book would I highlight in this category? Well, in keeping with the outsize theme, I’ve gone for more than one book.


Favourite Books Over 500 Pages:

  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


To-Be-Read Book Over 500 Pages:

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


Couldn’t finish Book Over 500 Pages:

  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


And that’s it. Yes, more than one book named in this ‘big book’ category, but balanced by the fact it’s a relatively short post.

Over to you – Do you judge a book by its size? What bicep challengers have you read and enjoyed – or not?