Top 10 longest books in the world – 2018 Update

The length of a book is usually (at least among the readers) considered to be the number of pages from cover to cover. However, the editors and the publishers are counting a bit different – they count the number of words. Today’s word documents don’t have problem counting them, but how was in the past, let’s say in the 17th century when books were written with actual holding oily pens or pencils?. In this article we will also talk about longest books in the world and how the writers managed to write those books.

Advertisement

If you are an avid reader long books should never be a problem for you. Some of the greatest books in the world, like Harry Potter are quite long, yet the readers never seemed to bother. But, there are books that contain millions of words. But if you are one of those people who hate to start reading a book and never finish it, it might take quite long till you read a few thousands of pages.

You will wonder how long it took their authors to write them down. Most of these long books are too expensive to be printed in the regular way, so the authors (if alive) decide to publish and sell their books as online readings.

Advertisement

If the book is good you will never want it to end, but what happens when the authors simply had no intention to finish their writings? – Books with endless words counts and over 6000-7000 pages length. Would you dare to start reading a book that long? Here is the list of some of the longest books ever. We hope you will get interested in some of them and actually read them… Of course if you have a lot of free time in your daily schedule.

1 The Blah Story by Nigel Tomm

The book has over 3,277,227 words which counted in pages are 7312. That is probably one very thick book. If you got intrigued, you can search it online and read it.

The Blah Story by Nigel Tomm
Image Source: http://media.prleap.com

2 Marienbad My Love by Mark Leach

This books is considered to be the longest published book in the English language with over 2.5 million words. It is available online if you have enough time to read it.

Advertisement

Marienbad My Love by Mark Leach
Image Source: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com

3 Artamène by Madeleine de Scudéry

This is a French novel written in 10 sequences which was published in the 17th century. It contains about 2.1 million words. Speaking of the fact that it was written and published 4 centuries ago, the author was a real hero, because back in time, it was very hard to even write a book, not to mention to publish it. And the author was a woman, which makes this book even more valuable, because women simply were not engaged in this sort of activities back in time.

Artamène by Madeleine de Scudéry
Image Source: http://www.artamene.org

4 A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust

This book has over 1.5 million words and its English title is Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time. Proust was known as an author who wanted to speak his mind out, so the length of the book is not surprising at all.

A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust
Image Source: http://modl2212.files.wordpress.com

5 Mission Earth by L. Ron Hubbard

This long book about scientology is probably popular among the scientology followers but contains only 1.2 million words. People often make jokes that probably only Tom Cruise has read it.

Advertisement

Mission Earth by L. Ron Hubbard
Image Source: http://www.lronhubbard.org

6 Gordana by Marija Juric Zagorka

This Croatian popular writer dedicated her writing to this book that has about 5200 pages. She is probably the only Balkan female writer who managed to write such a long book. This book too is available online.

Gordana by Marija Juric Zagorka
Image Source: http://i0.wp.com

Advertisement

7 Sironia, Texas by Madison Cooper

The story about a small town in Texas contains 1.1 millions of words and 1731 pages. You might think that it is a boring book, considering the fact that it is about a small town, but you can check it yourself, because there is an online version.

Sironia, Texas by Madison Cooper
Image Source: http://ecx.images-amazon.com

8 Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

Less than a million words, or more precisely 969 000 words. This book seems quite small compared to the ones above, but yet, nearly million words is quite a task for writing.

Advertisement

Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
Image Source: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com

9 A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

Like the previous book, this piece of literature has around one million words. It has a hard copy and online version too.

A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
Image Source: http://recycledreadsaustin.files.wordpress.com

10 Poor Fellow My Country by Xavier Herbert

This is the longest Australian book with 850 000 words, but found its tenth spot in the world’s longest book.
Poor Fellow My Country by Xavier Herbert
Image Source: http://www.middlemiss.org

Advertisement
Advertisement

You may also like...