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Sometimes it feels like translators love reading like nobody else. Some translators prefer longer books, and some of them shorter. Book word count matters, don’t you think so? It’s easier to read or re-read short books since you spend less time. They contain an increased concentration of emotion. The plot is more dynamic because of fewer pages. However, with longer books, you go deeper into a story.

Here are the top 100 popular books from the longest to the shorter with their word count results.

Word count of top 100
popular books

 BooksWord Count
1Les Miserables by Victor Hugo568 751
2War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy567 246
3The Lord of the Rings, the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien564 187
4The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas464 162
5Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra430 269
6David Copperfield by Charles Dickens360 231
7The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky354 098
8Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy353 250
9The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio311 155
10Ulysses by James Joyce268 170
11The Republic by Plato220 117
12Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes216 349
13Moby Dick; Or, The Whale by Herman Melville215 839
14Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky208 016
15The Iliad by Homer193 536
16Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte190 339
17Little Women by Louisa May Alcott189 290
18Great Expectations by Charles Dickens187 596
19The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson184 635
20Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe184 055
21Dracula by Bram Stoker165 453
22Emma by Jane Austen163 514
23Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens161 712
24On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin158 747
25The Da Vinci Code, novel by Dan Brown144 330
26A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens139 605
27The Odyssey by Homer132 694
28Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen124 713
29The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe123 936
30Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen122 646
31The Twilight by Stephenie Meyer120 238
32Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte119 572
33Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau118 922
34Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain118 804
35Thus Spake Zarathustra – A Book for All and None by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche115 632
36The Confessions of St. Augustine by Bishop of Hippo Saint Augustine114 915
37The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle107 605
38Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World by Jonathan Swift107 293
39Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery106 294
40Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm104 228
41A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe98 034
42The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne86 897
43The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett83 705
44The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde82 222
45Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley78 100
46Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling77 423
47Meditations by Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius75 055
48The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain74 772
49The Catcher in the Rye, a novel by J. D. Salinger74 144
50Josefine Mutzenbacher by Felix Salten73 567
51Baron Trump’s Marvellous Underground Journey by Ingersoll Lockwood72 424
52Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson72 036
53The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois71 747
54Dubliners by James Joyce70 693
55The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin70 229
56The Ontario Readers – Third Book by Ontario. Department of Education67 967
57The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin67 286
58Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche66 835
59The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce63 397
60The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells63 194
61The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle62 297
62The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana by Vatsyayana62 155
63Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson60 893
64The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie59 608
65And Then There Were None, a mystery novel by Agatha Christie54 324
66The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling54 178
67The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli52 677
68Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein51 005
69Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie50 844
70A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle47 015
71The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle46 164
72Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Douglass44 008
73Beowulf – An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem by J. Lesslie Hall43 092
74Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry M. Robert42 821
75The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum42 636
76Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse42 216
77Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad41 597
78The Alchemist, novel by Paulo Coelho38 871
79Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw36 718
80The Time Machine by H. G. Wells35 530
81The Call of the Wild by Jack London34 964
82A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens31 650
83A Doll’s House, a play by Henrik Ibsen29 843
84Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll29 610
85The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson28 668
86Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka25 189
87Common Sense by Thomas Paine25 033
88The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde23 760
89Anthem by Ayn Rand22 239
90The Happy Prince, and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde19 489
91The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery17 121
92A Pickle for the Knowing Ones by Timothy Dexter17 101
93The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran15 800
94Southern Horrors – Lynch Law in All Its Phases by Ida B. Wells-Barnett12 709
95As a Man Thinketh by James Allen10 610
96Ion by Plato9 555
97The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman9 105
98A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift6 535
99The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter4 058
100The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Edition by Edgar Allan Poe3 971

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It took Anycount just a few minutes to count words in 100 books. Word count of these books amounted to more than 13 million words. Impressive, right?

Word count of top 100 books

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