How Long Will It Take To Read That Book? This Chart Gives An Estimate

If you were able to read straight through without any breaks, how long would it take the average person to read all of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones? This infographic estimates how long it will take at average reading speed to get from beginning to end.

Personal Creations based this chart on the average adult reading speed (roughly 300 words per minute) and the word count in each book. So naturally, it will vary a bit from person to person (and likely from writing style to writing style)—and it doesn't take into account rereading names until you figure out how to pronounce them, rereading gorgeous descriptions of scenery, or skipping chunks of John Galt's speech in Atlas Shrugged. But it does give you a sense of the relative time investment you'll put into different books and series, and reminds us just how long A Song of Ice and Fire already is.

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elisethestrange

Is this taking into account reading level of the book? I've read both LotR and all of Twilight (laugh away), and there is no way it took me longer to read Twilight. I motored through those. Twilight has got to be at the 6th grade reading level or something, whereas Tolkien requires some actual concentration.