Project 4

Word Counts of Classics

I’ve got exciting news: I’m about to pass the 1 million words mark! Since starting Project 4 at the end of January, once I finish my next book (A Clockwork Orange), I will have read 1,000,000 words!

Abbey and I have compiled the word counts of our entire list to see just how many words we were reading. And, well. It’s a bit shocking. We are reading:

12,327,956 total words

That’s pretty massive, huh? We compiled this list by simple google searches. When a word count didn’t appear, we took the estimated time to read the book and multiplied it by the words per minute (usually 250). So while this word count estimate isn’t perfect, it’s pretty damn close.

Just to make this project a little crazier, since we have a deadline of the first day of my last year of law school (August 23, 2021), that averages out to 21,255 words per day. While I can’t say I’ve been reading that much, I hope that during the summer I can pull some days that are well over that number. But I am proud that I’m almost at my million mark! Abbey is trudging along, but she reads in chunks so once she starts up again, she’ll blow me out of the water.

I thought I share the list with you all too. For a little bit of context, an average fiction book is about 75,000-100,000 words. Here’s the list of word counts, from lowest to highest for the books in our project.

TitleWord Count
The Art of War11450
The Importance of Being Earnest22000
All’s Well that Ends Well24086
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland26432
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde26601
Canterbury Tales27130
The Old Man and the Sea29160
Of Mice and Men29160
Animal Farm29966
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory30644
The Prince31026
The Divine Comedy32000
The Time Machine32059
The Call of the Wild37058
Heart of Darkness38000
The Alchemist38342
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe38421
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz39295
The Giver43617
Fahrenheit 45146118
Grimms’ Fairy Tales46500
The Outsiders48523
Slaughterhouse Five49459
A Brief History of Time50250
As I Lay Dying56695
Murder on the Orient Express58154
A Clockwork Orange58695
The Hound of the Baskervilles59392
Lord of the Flies59900
Tales from the Arabian Nights62000
Mrs. Dalloway63422
The Scarlet Letter63604
Swiss Family Robinson63979
Tropic of Cancer64000
Brave New World64531
Around the World in 80 Days66281
The Color Purple66556
Treasure Island66950
To the Lighthouse69264
Little Women70000
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer70570
Catcher in the Rye73404
A Farewell to Arms74250
The Picture of Dorian Gray78462
The Secret Garden80398
Pale Fire81000
Journey to the Center of the Earth85059
Nineteen Eighty-Four88942
The Handmaid’s Tale90240
Paradise Lost93000
The Sound and the Fury96863
To Kill a Mockingbird99121
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes105071
Gulliver’s Travels107349
Wuthering Heights107945
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest108000
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn109571
All the President’s Men112500
Madame Bovary115456
On the Road116277
In Cold Blood121890
Robinson Crusoe121961
Pride and Prejudice122189
The Odyssey134500
A Tale of Two Cities135420
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea138138
The Iliad140000
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn145092
Dr. Zhivago160250
The Godfather163500
Uncle Tom’s Cabin166622
Oliver Twist167543
Grapes of Wrath169481
Invisible Man177000
Great Expectations183349
Jane Eyre183858
The Lord of the Rings187790
Moby Dick209117
Crime and Punishment211591
The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe216000
Three Musketeers228402
The Collected Works of H.P. Lovecraft278000
Don Quixote345390
Anna Karenina349736
The Brothers Karamazov364153
Gone with the Wind418053
The Count of Monte Cristo464234
War and Peace561304
Atlas Shrugged591996
Les Miserables655478

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