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. 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 seventh category for the 2018 Reading Challenge—for those who want to get more out of their reading lives in 2018—is “a book that’s more than 500 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 13,194 pages, with an average page count of 659. They’ve all been well-loved and well-vetted by your fellow readers—because if you’re going to devote 500+ pages to a book, then by golly, it had better be good.
What’s the longest book you’ve read? What are you reading for this category? Tell us all about it in comments!
P.S. Need a breather after a long book? Check out these 20 life-changing nonfiction books that you can finish in a day, and these 20 short novels you can read in a single day.