Some stories just can’t be told in three hundred and fifty pages.
Some stories need at least eight hundred pages, or twelve hundred, or even a few more than that.
For me long books are like road trips. Epic road trips. My kind of road trips.
Don’t be intimidated by long books. Read them. Savor them. Enjoy them. Add one to your summer reading list, even if you have to bring it into fall.
Seriously, I kid you not, I read It by Stephen King in one weekend. It is 1,138 pages. No problem. The next week I read The Stand, also by Stephen King . It is a little over 800 pages.
Here is my list. I might not have pictures for all of them. I don’t have exact page counts for all of them because that varies depending on addition and media, but all are long. I will give a brief line about each book. You can look up more about it on either your favorite online book site, go to a bookstore, or the library, or go to Wikipedia for more information. These are all books I have read (some more than once) and enjoyed.
So here we go…
The Stand by Stephen King
The ultimate epic battle of good and evil. You will never forget it. Never. Nobody does good and evil better than Stephen King.
Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon
I love this book so much. So will you. Take my word on it. You will laugh. You will cry. You will be amazed at how wonderful, and weird, and fun this book is.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
All movie versions of this suck. The book is the story of a family, and a story about changing times, and one of the most beautifully written American stories ever. Read it.
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
I know, I know, this is a Trilogy but I’m including this because you MUST read all of it. PLEASE if you have only seen the movies (which left out so many important parts) please read the book. The books are about friendship, change, love, and grit. We can all relate to the characters. I’ve always thought that Pippen was based off of me. I love these books. READ THE BOOKS. My copies are falling apart I have read them so many times.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
A man is tricked by someone (some asshole) he thought was his friend. He is imprisoned. His wife is wooed and won by his enemy. Then he escapes with a vast treasure and comes back as The Count of Monte Cristo and seeks revenge and love.
Also make sure you read Les Miserables by Dumas. Always read the original.
The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
An epic tale of crossed love and crossed cultures.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Another book I’ve read many many times. Anna is in an unhappy marriage. In a world where divorce brings ruin she finds love outside of her marriage. But it is so much more than that. Just read it.
The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hills
Two long books by Mary Stewart
Druce and Morcant approve of these books. A beautifully written pair of books about the life of Merlin the Wizard. I have read these books many many times.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
More than just a western. This story will sweep you off of your feet. Take my word for it.
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Just out of the Dark Ages and edging towards the Middle Ages. You’ll love the characters. You’ll learn things you never imagined you’d know.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
An unexpected story of a boy who stole a famous painting and carried it with him through his life.
Until next Monday for more happy reading suggestions.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman