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