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Tired of binge-watching TV shows? Try binge-reading

By DOM GALEON

It’s World Book Day, which ironically is celebrated after Earth Day (paper from trees, anyone?). But in any case, it is a day worth celebrating. And what better way to cheer for books than by, well, reading!

More than a month into quarantines and lockdowns the world over, I’m pretty sure you’ve already binged-watch a ton of TV shows or streaming series. Tiring, right? So why not binge-read, for a change!

Here are some of the longest fantasy and sci-fi book series, in no particular order, you can find. Their authors found joy in writing these really long novels, with really long sequels and sequels of sequels, in the hopes that these would also spark some joy in you as a reader—or at least, spark some sense of awe at the world-building prowess of these authors.

Oh and I put in an estimate of how long it would take you to finish each series. They say the average guy can read 200 to 250 words per minute. If you binge-read for at least eight hours a day, which is 480 minutes, that’s a total of 96,000 to 120,000 words per day. Anyway, I did the math for you so just check these titles out.

(PS. I don’t know what’s with many of these authors and their names with many initials.)


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Ender’s Game

Author: Orson Scott Card
Number of books: 19, including two novellas
Status: Ongoing since 1985, with two titles (The Queens and Shadows Alive) yet to be published

Total word count: 1,990,995
Days to binge-read: 17 to 20 days


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Chronicles of Narnia

Author: C.S. Lewis
Number of books: 7
Status: Finished

Total word count: 345,535
Days to binge-read: 3 to 4 days


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The Expanse 

Author: James S.A. Corey
Number of books: 9
Status: Ongoing since 2011, with the final still unnamed novel expected this year

Total word count: 1,375,905
Days to binge-read: 11 to 14 days


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The Lord of the Rings

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Number of books: 3
Status: Finished

Total word count: 481,103
Days to binge-read: 4 to 5 days (Okay, let’s be honest, Tolkien can be quite tough to read so I’d add a day or two in this estimate)


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Discworld

Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of books: 41
Status: Finished

Total word count: 5,625,321
Days to binge-read: 47 to 59 days (good luck)


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A Song of Ice and Fire
(aka Game of Thrones)

Author: George R.R. Martin
Number of books: 7
Status: Ongoing since 1996, with two titles (The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring) yet to be published

Total word count: 1,749,211
Days to binge-read: 15 to 18 days


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Xanth

Author: Piers Anthony
Number of books: 46
Status: Ongoing since 1977, with four more titles forthcoming

Total word count: 4,719,200
Days to binge-read: 39 to 49 days


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The Dark Tower

Author: Stephen King
Number of books: 7
Status: Finished

Total word count: 1,670,000
Days to binge-read: 14 to 17 days


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The Riftwar Cycle

Author: Raymond E. Feist
Number of books: 30
Status: Unfinished

Total word count: 4,755,902
Days to binge-read: 40 to 50 days


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The Stormlight Archive

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Number of books: 10
Status: Ongoing since 2010, with the fourth book (Rhythm of War) expected this year

Total word count: 1,234,732 (so far)
Days to binge-read: 10 to 13 days (for now)


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Harry Potter

Author: J.K. Rowling
Number of books: 7
Status: Finished

Total word count: 1,084,170
Days to binge-read: 9 to 11 days


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The Sword of Truth

Author: Terry Goodkind
Number of books: 22
Status: Finished

Total word count: 4,311,807
Days to binge-read: 36 to 45 days


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The Wheel of Time

Author: Robert Jordan
Number of books: 15
Status: Finished

Total word count: 4,755,902
Days to binge-read: 40 to 50 days


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The Dresden Files

Author: Jim Butcher
Number of books: 15
Status: Finished

Total word count: 4,082,665
Days to binge-read: 34 to 43 days


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Malazan Book of the Fallen

Author: Steven Erikson
Number of books: 13
Status: Unfinished, unclear if the other planned books will still be published

Total word count: 5,630,199
Days to binge-read: 47 to 59 days (good luck)


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/23/world-book-day-binge-reading-books/)

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