16 Epic Reads for the Holidays

16 Epic Reads to get you through the harsh winter.

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves start to fall from the trees, the weather starts to get colder, the throw blankets become more than decorations.  It is always this time of year that the big books call to me.  You know the ones- those epic reads that seem daunting the rest of the year. When there is a big comfy chair and a warm fire, those hunks of books don’t seem so intimidating.

Kirsten and I have decided to give you a list of our favorite LONG reads.  For the purposed of this post, we will consider that to be any book over 500 pages.  Some of these whoppers are close the 1,000 pages so be warned.  However, the time it takes to read these books is well worth it in the end.  After all, some stories just can’t be abbreviated. Every book that we have on this list is 5 stars in our opinion.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (1276 pages)

This is one of my favorite books.  It is the ultimate story of love and revenge.  The end of this book is completely worth the 1200 page  read.

 

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1037 pages) 

I read this book when I had mono in college. The love story of Scarlett and Rhett got me through my illness without complaint.

 

 

Fall of Giants by Ken Follet (1000 pages)

I loved this so much I finished it in a week, immediately started the second and went right on to the third. History, drama, and family are all at the heart of this book (and the series.) Note – this is a great one for men as well!

 

 

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb (897 pages)

Dominic and Patrick Birdsey are Identical twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia.  This is a powerful story about love, family, and forgiveness.  If you haven’t read this book, prepare yourself.  You won’t forget it.

 

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (870 pages)

We love Voyager.  If you have been reading the blog you will know that we did an entire post on this book in anticipation of the third season of Outlander on Starz.  This book definitely has something for everyone.  Jamie and Clare are finally reunited and their adventures take them on a Voyage. (I bet you couldn’t guess from the name.)

 

Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley (729 pages)

Alex Haley has traced his family roots back 200 years to tell the story of Kunta Kinte and 25,000,000 other Americans.  This book is definitely a saga and a definite must-read.  It is an amazing and heartbreaking story.

 

Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (721 pages)

I adore these tales by one of the best mystery writers of all time.  I’ve professed my love for  Mr. Holmes a few times. This book even made our list of the greatest mysteries ever written.

 

Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (679 pages)

Like so many of the books that we have recommended, this book is eye-opening.  It looks at Tom, his twin sister Savannah and the family that they were born into.  The story is brutal and direct and will tug at your heart- worth every page.

 

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (661 pages)

This was the first book I ever read by Philippa Gregory. The story got me hooked on the author. The book was so good that it was made into a movie.

 

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (648 pages)

I read this book without ever realizing how many pages it was.  I read it on the Kindle.  The story is part fairy- tale and part mystery.  When Cassandra’s grandmother dies, she inherits a book of fairy tales written by Eliza Makepeace.  As Cassandra searches to find answers, she finds out a lot about herself.

 

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (603 pages)

This book is devastating and heartbreaking.  It is a beautiful book about life in India that left me in a sloppy mess of tears.  Be warned.  However, it is the kind of book that will never leave you.

 

 

Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne (582 pages)

We did a review of this book last month.  It is such a wonder and poignant look at growing up adopted and homosexual in Ireland. This book is epic and tore my heart out.  I loved every page!

 

The Odyssey by Homer (560 pages)

One of my all-time favorite reads. Ever. I read it in high school and it’s been a favorite ever since! I adore the mystical tales of greek gods and goddesses.

 

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (546 pages)

Taking place in post-colonial Africa, this story takes place over three decades.  Life of the Baptist Missionary who goes to the Congo is nothing like the Price family thought.

 

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vorghese (541 pages)

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers who are born secretly to a nun and a surgeon.  Twins seem to be a theme in our list of books since this is the third book with twins in it! Set over three decades from Ethiopia to America. This is another epic family saga that is not to be missed.

 

All the Light We Cannot See (531 pages)

A blind French girl and a German boy meet during the Second World War.  The story of  Marie Laure and  Werner, an orphan boy is one of my favorite World War Two fictions ever.

 

Fall weather is the best. Cozy sweaters, hot cocoa and fireplaces galore! Its also the best time to snuggle up with a book, so this list is perfect for finding your next epic read.These books are so fantastic you won't want to put them down. Luckily they are all between 500-1,200 pages so you'll be able to cozy up and read them all weekend long! Looking for the perfect winter read? These 16 sagas cover all the basics - classics, historical fiction, fantasy, middle-grades and more! Grab a cup of tea, a blanket and snuggle up with any of these!
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