What are some books that you either couldn't finished or struggled to finish because they were just too long?
  1. Alexander Hamilton by Ronald Chernow. 731 pages.
    I'm on page 342. Not giving up, but a normal book would have ended by now!
    Suggested by @francium
  2. The unabridged Count of Monte Cristo
    Seriously. That book is about 900 pages. I got about 250 pages in, and decided that the translation was confusing and the book was too long.
    Suggested by @teamgivan
  3. The Beautiful and Damned
    Maybe it makes me un-American, but I struggled with F. Scott Fitzgerald's style of writing. File under:long-winded and upper class
    Suggested by @skgehrs
  4. Daniel Deronda. George Eliot.
    Suggested by @jannychan
  5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
    It won last year's Man Booker Prize but good lord it's not so brief. 704 pages used to describe a fictional account of the people who tried to kill Bob Marley.
    Suggested by @aliciamcelhaney
  6. The Crimson Petal and the White
    Had to start over a few times because I kept giving up.
    Suggested by @jessicah706
  7. The Goldfinch
    Yes, it won a Pulitzer, but at 775 pages, I just needed it to move along more.
    Suggested by @loriatx
  8. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    1079 pages. I have tried to read this so many times but each time it is just too much for me.
    Suggested by @krista_da
  9. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
    784 pages. Still pissed at myself for taking a break from this one because I forgot too much to keep going and couldn't bring myself to start again. I liked what I had read, though 🙁
    Suggested by @ladyprofessor
  10. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
    My paperback copy clocks in at 1000+. I've never made it more than 75% of the way
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  11. Drood, Dan Simmons
    You have to suffer through 200 pages of dull but THEN you actually can't stop reading. It's one of my favorite books. 10/10 would recommend
    Suggested by @SpaceCase
  12. The Aeneid
    I literally could only read one chapter per day. 397 pages of epic poetry.
    Suggested by @Aetheros9
  13. Dune by Frank Herbert
    A good read, but it could get pretty long-winded. 794 pages.
    Suggested by @Aetheros9
  14. 1984
    I've been trying to finish it for years. When I take it with me when I travel in hopes of getting through it, I take an extra book just in case. I always end up reading the extra book. I don't understand. I find it intriguing while I'm reading, but once I finish a chapter or two, I never feel like continuing, so I don't.
    Suggested by @celestestelle
  15. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    1006 pages, and don't even get me started on the footnotes.
    Suggested by @Aetheros9
  16. The Fountainhead
    753 pages of almost no plot. (SOS)
    Suggested by @CarliVija
  17. The recent Charles Schultz biography
    The book is a over 700 pages. Really interesting, but after Peanuts is successful, how much do you really care?
    Suggested by @PassiveAggressor
  18. The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
    It's the start of a series too! I started this novel in high school for an assignment and wanted to finish but it was just too overwhelming on top of school work too. The first book is about the beginning of World War II.
    Suggested by @KateandDogs
  19. Albion's (freaking) Seed by David Hackett Fischer
    900 pages. Required summer reading for AP US history. I've said too much.
    Suggested by @christiane
  20. I read both versions of Stephen King's The Stand. It made me realise just how important a good editor is! 😜
    Suggested by @solitarygigi