Once upon a time, there was a girl who thought a good book could never be too long. If the story was amazing, why would you want it to end?
That girl was me, age 17, and my, how times have changed.
I do love a good long read, truly. But these days, I get hung up on the opportunity cost—a fancy way of saying I could read five full-length novels in the time it would take me to read Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, for example. And wouldn’t I rather read five books than just one?
I know it’s not just me.
The third category for the 2017 Reading Challenge—for those who want to stretch themselves this year—is “a book that’s more than 600 pages.” Why? To nudge you to intentionally tackle a looooong book you really want to read, but never seem to want to read next. Those big fat books you keep putting off because they look so darn intimidating.
This is your chance.
The books on this list tally 18,593 pages. The average page count is 929, which makes Outlander and Alexander Hamilton look downright short by comparison! The common theme is they’ve been well-loved and well-vetted by your fellow readers, because if you’re going to devote 600+ pages to a book, then by golly, it had better be good.
20 extra-long and totally readable books:
What would you add to the list? What are YOU reading for this category?