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63 of the Longest Reads of Popular Book Series

63 of the Longest Reads of Popular Book Series

Book series here include lengths over 300 volumes to just 3 volumes (not counting the amount of pages per book). The fantasy genre is known for extremely long stories, particularly of the epic variety. It could be fairly easy to finish a long book series for some, but due to various elements such as time constraints, this may take up weeks or months to complete. Ultimately they’re definitely worth reading and the experience are just edifying, entertaining, hilarious, educational, or all of the above.

Reading for a long time can be meditative and assumes a pleasant rhythm for long stretches. At other times it feels maddeningly dull, and you’ll be scanning pages with your eyes but not really reading anything at all, and have to go back to where you last remember. But do not give up fellow bookworms, take a break and continue the adventure at a later time, helped along by a cup of coffee or tea once in a while.

What’s your favourite book so far this year? I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. Happy reading!

64 of the Longest Reads of Popular Book Series

  1. The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon, Stratemeyer Syndicate – 317 books (Detective, Mystery)
  2. The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner – As of 2014, there are 145 mysteries and 21 specials in the series. (Child)
  3. Dragonlance Novels by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman and other various authors – Over 100 books (Fantasy Fiction)
  4. Fear Street Series by R. L. Stine – 162 books (Horror fiction, Young adult fiction)
  5. Star Force Origin Series by Aer-ki Jyr – 100 books (Science Fiction, Fantasy)
  6. Animorphs Series by K. A. Applegate, Michael Grant, Katherine Applegate – 54 regular books, 4 megamorphs, and 4 chronicles. (Science fantasy, Thriller)
  7. Hercule Poirot Mysteries by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie, Charles Osborne – 45 books & short works (Mystery)
  8. Darkover Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley – 44 books (Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Sword and sorcery)
  9. Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett – 41 books (Comic fantasy)
  10. The Legend of The Condor Heroes by XXX – 38 books (Wuxia, Fiction, Graphic novel)
  11. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series by Anne Perry – 32 books (Mystery)
  12. Legend of Drizzt Series by R. A. Salvatore – 32 books (Fantasy)
  13. Riftwar Cycle Series by Raymond E. Feist – 30 books & 3 short works (Fantasy)
  14. The Prey Series by John Sandford – 29 books (Thriller)
  15. Dragaera Series by Steven Brust – 28 books (Fantasy)
  16. Battlecruiser Alamo Series by Richard Tongue – 28 books (Science Fiction, Space opera)
  17. Tortall Series by Tamora Pierce – 27 books (Fantasy)
  18. Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey – 26 works including co-writes and authorized spinoffs (Science Fiction)
  19. Amelia Peabody + Vicky Bliss Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters – 26 combined books (Historical mystery, Thriller, Satire, Comedy)

  1. Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton – 26 books (Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires)
  2. The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton – 25 books (Mystery)
  3. Dirk Pitt Series by Clive Cusslers – 25 books (Adventure, Fiction, Thriller, Action)
  4. Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child – 23 books & about 20 short works (Crime Thriller)
  5. Redwall Series by Brian Jacques – 23 books (Children’s literature, Fantasy Fiction)
  6. Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind – 22 books (High fantasy, Action fiction, Adventure fiction, Romance novel)
  7. Benjamin January Mysteries by Barbara Hambly – 21 books & short works (Historical Murder Mystery)
  8. The Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy – 21 books (Mystery)
  9. Aubrey-Maturin aka Master and Commander Series by Patrick O’Brian – 20 books (21 if you include the final unfinished book) (Nautical fiction, Historical drama)
  10. Pendergast Series by Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston – 20 books (Horror, Thriller)
  11. Foreigner Series by C. J. Cherryh – 20 books (Science Fiction)
  12. Tony Hillerman’s Detective Novels by Tony Hillerman’ – 18 by Tony, 4 by his daughter Anne (Mystery)
  13. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard – 18 books & 3 short works (Young adult fiction, Mystery, Romance novel)
  14. Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills – 18 books (Thriller)
  15. Waverly Novels by Walter Scott – 17 books (Classics, Historical Fiction)
  16. Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold – 16 books & 6 short works (Science Fiction, Space opera, Romance novel)
  17. Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold – 16 books & 6 short works (Science Fiction, Space opera, Romance novel)
  18. Chronos & Kairos Metaverse by Madeleine L’Engle – 16 books (Essays, poetry, Christian fiction, science fiction)
  19. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson – 15 books / 14.4 million words (Fantasy)
  20. Maria Kallio Mysteries by Leena Lehtolainen – 15 books (Mystery)

  1. The Polity Universe Series by Neal Asher – 15 books (Science Fiction)
  2. The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton – 15 books (Children’s literature, ‎mystery)
  3. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – 15 books (Detective fiction, Contemporary fantasy, Urban fantasy)
  4. Mercedes Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs – 14 books (Fantasy)
  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicket – 13 books (Gothic fiction, Absurdist fiction, Mystery, Comedy-drama, Children’s literature, Dark comedy)
  6. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice – 13 books (Gothic fiction, Vampire literature, Horror fiction)
  7. The Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delaney – 13 books (Fantasy)
  8. Rangers Apprentice Series by John Flanagan, John F. Flanagan – 12 books (Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction)
  9. Les Pardaillan Series by Michel Zévaco – 10 books (Historical Fiction)
  10. The Culture Series by Iain M. Banks – 10 books (Science Fiction)
  11. The Expanse Series by James S. A. Corey, James Corey – 9 books (1 unnamed), 7 short works & 4 Comics (Science Fiction, Space opera)
  12. The Needlepoint Mysteries by Lea Wait – 9 books (Mystery)
  13. Dark Tower Series by Stephen King – 8 books & 1 short work (Dark fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror fiction, Western fiction)
  14. The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski – 8 books (Fantasy)
  15. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – 5 books, 2 on the way (Epic Fantasy)
  16. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – 5 books + 5 Supplementary Works (Fantasy Fiction, Children’s literature, Adventure fiction)
  17. The Heroes of Olympis by Rick Riordan – 5 books + 1 Supplementary Work (Fantasy, Young adult fiction, Mystery, Adventure fiction)
  18. The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger – 5 books (Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy)
  19. The Asimov’s Continuity by Isaac Asimov – 4 books and the 31 short stories in the Robot series, 3 novels in the Galactic Empire series, 7 novels in the Foundation series. (Science Fiction)
  20. The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan – 4 books + 1 Supplementary Work (Fantasy, Adventure fiction, Children’s literature)
  21. Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger – 4 books (Science Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult)
  22. The Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger – 4 books (Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy)
  23. Circle of Magic Series by Tamora Pierce – 4 books (Fantasy)
  24. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan – 3 books + 2 Supplementary Works (Fantasy Fiction, Children’s literature, Comedy-drama, Thriller)
  25. Shannara Series by Terry Brooks – 3 books (Fantasy)

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