Long books are great for getting lost in an epic, sprawling story, but let’s face it: they can be quite daunting.
For one thing, they’re a huge time commitment: you know when you start an 800 odd-page book you’re going to be in its’ company for quite some time, so I find I really have to be in the mood!
Not to mention the fact that long books can be kind of a drag if you don’t end up enjoying the story as much as you thought… Yes you can DNF them, but once you get so far it seems like a huge shame to have lost all that reading time!
In short, it’s easy to procrastinate over reading the longer books on your TBR, which is probably why I’m getting a bit of a backlog of them. So I thought I’d do a quick post listing 5 of those long books that are languishing on my TBR list. Now I guess it’s perception what classes as a ‘long’ book, but here I’m probably talking 650+ pages?
So here’s 5 long books I want to read:
- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (848 pages)
This book is actually a fairly recent addition to my TBR list, what with it only having been released at the end of last month, but there’s been so much buzz about it I really want to read it!
However, I feel like this might be a book that I’m super excited about around its release, but then it ends up on my TBR for quite a while, because it’s long!
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (814 pages)
This book has been on my TBR for literally years, because it just seems like a book that as a fantasy fan I should have read. I mean, the Wheel of Time series is a classic, so it’s crazy that I haven’t even read the first book yet…
But this book is not only long, but also the first in a fou
- The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb (906 pages)
At the end of last year I finally got round to reading the first book in Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders series, Ship of Magic, and absolutely loved it! However, because of it’s length I actually owned it for months before I read it, and I feel like Mad Ship is probably going to be the same. It’s a long book, and I can’t deny that whilst I enjoyed Ship of Magic, parts of it were a little slow, and it did take me a while to get through.
- The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (1443 pages)
I’ve been slowly but surely working my way through the monstrous tommes of the Outlander series for ages, and the next on my list is the fifth installment, The Fiery Cross.
But this book is absolutely huge, and I already know from experience that the Outlander books can be a little slow going at times… Not to mention the last one seemed to shift the focus more off Claire and Jamie and onto Roger and Brianna, which I wasn’t a big fan of. But I’ve come too far with this series to stop now!
- The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (640 pages)
So this book doesn’t technically meet my definition of a long book… It’s short by 10 pages!
But since the sequel The Walls of Storms is a whopping 880 pages, and I’d obviously want to read it if I enjoyed The Grace of Kings, I’m going to count it!
So do you find reading long books daunting? What long books are on your TBR list? Have you read any of these books, and which do you think I should get to first?