We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Shelf: The Ten Longest Books on My TBR Pile

While New Year’s is often heralded as a time for new beginnings, I’ve always associated new beginnings with spring. Freezing weather finally starts to recede, the sun makes an appearance, and, as I thaw, I start thinking about changes I want to make for the rest of the year. Lately, I’m thinking about the idea of starting fresh and realizing that I need to make a little more space in my house. I’m usually good about not keeping too many books on my shelves, but that’s always a losing battle. For every book I donate or give away, it feels like ten take its place. This year, for the sake of space, I’m focusing on reading books with the most pages. Hopefully, dropping the weight will make my bookshelves stop creaking so much. So for this Top Ten Tuesday, I’m highlighting ten of the longest books from my to-be-read pile.

And Ladies of the Club
1,433 pages
by Helen Hooven Santmyer

What It Takes: The Way to the White House
1,072 pages
by Richard Ben Cramer

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
896 pages
by Harold McGee

The End of the Party: The Rise and Fall of New Labour
802 pages
by Andrew Rawnsley

The Lies of Locke Lamora
752 pages
by Scott Lynch

The Art of Eating
749 pages
by M.F.K. Fisher

Songs in Ordinary Times
740 pages
by Mary McGarry Morris

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
720 pages
by Adam Tooze

May at Ten
706 pages
by Anthony Seldon and Raymond Newell

The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear
704 pages
by Walter Moers

Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.


  1. I have a copy of Captain Bluebear on my shelf too! My daughter read it a few years ago and loved it, so she says I can’t get rid of it until I actually pick it up and read it first. 🙂 I like the idea of clearing out the longer books to make way for more!

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  2. We definitely need a bigger shelf. LOL
    “Songs in Ordinary Time” is also on my TBR pile though not in my TTT list.
    We used to watch “Captain Bluebear” with our boys when they were little. He had such a nice Northern German accent. Walter Moers is a very famous comic writer here.

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  3. I’ve read On Food and Cooking. It was a required read for one of my Nutrition classes. It is a big book. I’m trying to remember if I still have it on my shelf, or if I unhauled it. I hope you enjoy it.

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  4. I’m amazed you’ve kept track of your TBR pile, but then I know you’re a very organized reader, so it also makes complete sense. One of my own reading goals for 2021 is to keep better tabs over my TBR pile, so this Top 10 Tuesday was hopefully an important step.
    ~ Lex (lexlingua.co)

    P.S. Lies of Locke Lamora has been on my TBR AND my audio TBR pile for the longest time ever. For some reason, I just can’t bring myself to start that book, eeps!

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    1. I feel the same way about Locke Lamora! It looks great and I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it, but I just haven’t made myself start it yet. Maybe this will be our year!

      And to be fair, my TBR pile is only organized because of Goodreads. I just add books on there … and often forget about them. But it’s a nice way to see what books I’ve been holding onto the longest.

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  5. Wow, so many pages! I have a difficult time sitting through a book as is, especially as I’ve gotten older, so there’s no way I’d be able to read any of these. I can sometimes manage 500+ pages with fantasy, but that’s rare for me to do now. I wish you the best in getting through these!

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  6. “For every book I donate or give away, it feels like ten take its place.” –SUPER relatable! I give myself permission to indulge in book-buying way too easily 😂 Also, I had no idea Locke Lamora was that long! I have it but… I swear it doesn’t look/feel that hefty? My edition has *very* small text though so maybe that’s why it seems pretty okay length-wise? 🙈 Good luck and happy reading! Hope you enjoy all of these.


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