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Bookish: Top 5 Wednesday – Largest Books on TBR

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Brace yourselves mis amigos.

This is the first in a triple whammy of posts that I will be posting today.

That’s right! You don’t just get one post on this glorious Thursday, oh no. You won’t even be getting two posts on this glorious Thursday but three posts. You read that right, three sexy* posts!

*disclaimer – none of the posts are or will be sexy.

To make it even more awesome one of these posts should have been posted on Wednesday (er… this one) and one of these posts should really be posted on Friday. But hey oh, time is relative when you are in fact, a Time Lord**.

**another disclaimer – I’m not. That was a bold faced lie.

When I came to tackle this Top 5 post I thought, ‘how the heck am I going to know which books on my TBR is the largest?!’ and then luckily (before I began the spreadsheet of my lifetime) I realised that Goodreads allows you to sort via page count.


And now, without further adieu, me list…


The Mists of Avalon

The very best thing about book blogging is that people read your posts, digest what you say and than make recommendations about books you might like. It’s like we’re each other’s own personal librarians or suggestion pages.

Aaaages ago I did a post on something (it was a while ago) and it referenced King Arthur and the Arthurian legends and how much I enjoyed them. I also bang on about retelling’s (and especially female retelling’s) and so I was recommended The Mists of Avalon, which is the legend of King Arthur retold from the POV of the female characters.

I’ve added onto my TBR (because if you recommend, I will listen) and though this book stands at a whopping 912 pages I will get to it at some point!


stephen king

Someone’s blog post (I can remember who, I am so sorry) reviewed the Netflix adaptation of 11/22/63 and rated it quite highly. I took a look with nervous trepidation at the book (Stephen King makes me anxious) and when I realised that it didn’t have vampires and psychotic killer clowns I got less nervous and more intrigued.

If I’m understanding this right, 11/22/63 is about time travel and alternative history. Yes, I said. To myself. I shall read this and then watch the show. So onto my TBR with its 849 pages it went.



His name is Alexander Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton. There’s a million things he hasn’t done. But just you wait, just you wait.

One of the million things I have done is watch the Hamilton musical. And one of the million things I have also done is downloaded the soundtrack and listen to it on repeat.

It’s one of the best musicals I have ever seen in my life. If you get the chance to see it, go see it. You will regret nothing.

The musical piqued my interest in the man behind the musical (no, not Lin Manual Miranda although I absolutely 100% would read a book about him) and so I added this biography to my list. I don’t usually read biographies so this will be new for me.

This is someone’s life in 818 pages.


nightbird 2

This is not the only book with ‘nightbird’ in my TBR’s titles but Speaks the Nightbird is certainly the largest at 816 pages.

I was genuinely surprised to see this on the list as I couldn’t remember originally seeing it, adding it or even recalling why I’d added it in the first place.

The blurb however starts with ‘the citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies, and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft.

I read that and was like, ‘oh yeah, that’s why. I have a witch problem***.’

***disclaimer – I’m talking an obsession with reading/ watching/ writing anything with witches. Not like a witch infestation or anything where I’m running round with a broom trying to get them out of my house. Although… that wouldn’t really work would it? With a broom. And I’d be more likely to join them anyway. Anyway, a witch problem is only a problem if you let it be a problem.

Here, have a picture of my familiar. I mean… pet cat.



the clockmakers daughter.jpg

The other very best thing about book blogging is that you will come across books you haven’t considered or heard about before and that’s exactly what happened with The Clockmaker’s Daughter as it was cropping up everywhere.

It’s 608 pages of historical fiction, murder and mystery. I think. At least that’s what the blurb tells me. If there’s anything that tickles my fancy it’s historical fiction and mystery and, because I am a grim kind of woman, murder.


So there are my Top 5 largest books on my TBR. Have you read any? What are your thoughts? What are the largest books you have on your TBR? Or the largest one’s you’ve actually read? I think Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is up there on my list – 1006 pages. Phew!


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