Largest Books on my TBR – Top 5 Wednesday

First up, I wrote a second blog post!! Go me! I did it!

Ok, moving on.

I have followed Thoughts On Tomes’ YouTube channel for a while now. I’ve always enjoyed her Top 5 Wednesday videos, and I’ve always wanted to make my own cause I have thoughts and opinions and I’d like to share them. But I knew I wouldn’t be able to script*, film, and edit a video every Wednesday (my track record for posting videos is reeeeaaaaaaal bad) and that blogging would work much better for me. And, well, I now have a blog. Whoo.

This weeks topic is about the biggest books on our TBR shelves. Seeing as I have two IKEA BILLY bookshelves full of TBR books, I well and truly have this covered†. Also because I have two bookshelves full of books I need to read, I have not actually gone through them all to make sure I’ve grabbed the biggest books. I’ve just eyeballed it and hoped for the best. Sorta. You’ll see.

My Top 5 Biggest Books On My TBR:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander/J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill


Ok, so, this may not be the biggest book on my shelves page wise, but it is the biggest book on my shelves. I had to photograph it on the top shelf because all the lower ones were too small. So it counts. Totally. Even if it wouldn’t actually take me all that long to read through it. Especially considering that it’s mostly illustration too…

Page Count: 133


2. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst


This also may not be the biggest book on my shelves page wise, but I’ve counted it because it’s told in such a unique way, that I’ve heard one of the best ways to read it and understand the story, is to read it a few times.

You see, this is a really unique book. It’s about a library book, Ship of Theseus by V.M. Straka, and two people who read it, and leave notes in the margins. The best way to understand this book is to look at it. What you hold in your hands “is” the library book, Ship of Theseus, and as you flick through the pages you’ll see the multi-coloured notes around the edges, as well as things left in the book. Yes, there are actual things in between the pages of this novel. Stuff like napkins and notes. It’s so cool!!

But not all the notes are meant to be read straight away, apparently. From my understanding, this book is borrowed and read multiple times by the characters, and they leave each other different notes each time. Are you getting the rereading part now? Pretty much, depending on what colour “pen” the notes were written in, determines what order you should read them. And also when you should read the extra inserts left in the pages.

I can’t really say much more because I obviously haven’t read this book, but if you want to learn more, I’ll leave some links for you to check out.

Page Count: 456

Goodreads Page for S.

Beginner’s Guide to Reading S.


3. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer


Ok, so, I have actually read this before. It came out when I was a tween so there’s no doubt I went through a twilight phase. I actually have many a fond memory of obsessively reading this series over and over, especially in the bath where I would sometimes drop them… Oops.

Anyway, this book is on my TBR shelves for two reasons. 1) I want to reread them to know what my opinion of them is nowadays (although I already have some very strong opinions from what I remember and know, which is basically Edward and Bella do NOT have a healthy relationship), and 2) I haven’t read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and I don’t move books over onto my Read shelves until I finish the whole series.

Companion novels and novellas being released years after the completion of a series I own are both amazing and the bane of my existence.

Page Count: 754


4. The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


So again, this might not technically meet the standards of the question as this is four books in one, but I’m using it anyway. Think of my poor thumbs! They’ll have to hold this open when I eventually get around to reading it. They had a hard enough time with Kingdom of Ash, and that was a paperback!

Page Count: 939


5. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson


To make up for my kind of cheating answers previously, we have this book, which fits the criteria in two ways: it is both a f*cking huge book, and also belongs to a f*cking huge series. Although not the biggest series I own (that would be Morganville Vampires by Richelle Mead, which has a whopping 16 books including Midnight Bites, the companion novel. Or all of the books in the Percy Jackson world, which is 30 so far including companion novels.) it’s probably still a contender for the most pages overall, as I believe the smallest book is still over 500 pages long. To say this series is mildly intimidating is a massive understatement.

I honestly don’t really know what this series is about because all the synopsis says is:

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

It’s a high fantasy series that my friend and a lot of other people highly recommend, so what else was I to do but buy the whole series before even reading a page of it? I is smart and can spend the monies wisely.

Page Count: 1010


Anyway, those are my top 5 biggest books on my TBR bookshelves (probably). If you want to join the group I’ll leave a link to the Goodreads page, and if you already are a member and have posted your top 5, leave me a link and I’ll be sure to check them out! Thanks for reading, and I’ll attempt to be back next week for another round of Top 5 Wednesday. Or maybe even before then with something else bookish related. Who knows? I sure don’t. 


Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group



*I forget everything I want to say if I don’t at least make a list.**

**Lists are another thing I really like.***

***Just continuing on from my first post there.

Although in typical me fashion, I choose to be difficult when answering anyway.


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