How Long Does That Book Take?

These popular titles aren’t exactly fast reads.Andy Scheer 2014 12 18 9707 CUadj

by Andy Scheer

A recent infographic from tracks how much time it takes to read recent and classic big books. Estimated times come from dividing books’ word counts by the average reading rate of 300 words per minute.

Game of Thrones series (George R.R. Martin)
98 1/3 hours

Harry Potter series (J. K. Rowling)
60 ¼ hours

The Bible
43 ¾ hours

War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
32 2/3 hours

Twilight Series (Stephanie Meyer)
32 hours

The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkein)
26 ¼ hours

Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
23 ¼ hours

The Hunger Games series (Suzanne Collins)
16 ¾ hours

Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
11 3/4 hours

A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
7 ½ hours

Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
6 hours

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
5 ½ hours

At a rate of 300 words per minute, how long would it take to read your book?

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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