5 Long Books I Want To Read

26/03/2019 Lists, Reading 22

5 Long Books I Want To Read

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 fourteen book series of very long books, so this is a doubly daunting prospect! I’ve had a copy for ages, but just haven’t had the will to pick it up yet. Which is a shame, because I’m probably missing out.

  • 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?

22 Responses to “5 Long Books I Want To Read”

    • Laura

      Wow, 1,100 pages is super long! I’d probably procrastinate over that one for a long time too (although I really do like Sherlock Holmes stories!).

  1. Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

    Long books scare me too, especially if they are part of long series! Case in point is Outlander, I love the book but I don’t think I will continue with the series because they are so long! 🙁 Other books I’d love to read but too scared to try are Lord of the Rings, A Game of Thrones, and generally Brandon Sanderson’s books.

    • Laura

      Yeah, the Outlander books can be off-putting because they really are long, and I do sometimes think they can be a bit slow. I’d definitely recommend Lord of the Rings, A Game of Thrones and Brandon Sanderson’s books (particularly the Stormlight Archive books), but they really are long! They all took me ages to read!

  2. Angela

    I like reading long books, but I probably don’t read as many as I used to. Gabaldon’s books are so good, but yeah, they can take so long to get through!

    • Laura

      I probably don’t read as many as I used to either. I feel like I used to be a much quicker reader! Nowadays long books seem to take me forever to read.

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    Long books really can be intimidating. It took me forever to read Winter by Marissa Meyer. LOL I don’t mind long books when I’m really enjoying them, but I think knowing I have all these other books I want/need to read makes it a bit harder to just full enjoy a long book that takes me awhile to read. There are some that I really want to read though, like Strange the Dreamer, though I don’t know the exact page number for that.

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      I totally get what you mean. I always end up thinking about all the other books I really want to read when I’m halfway through a long book that seems to be taking me forever to get through.
      Strange the Dreamer is a book I want to read too (in fact I’ve had it on my Kindle for quite a while!), but I’ve been procrastinating over that one too! I hope you enjoy it when you get round to reading it! 🙂

  4. Perry

    I read the Eye of the World when it first came out. The Wheel of Time is a great series. All the books in the series have parts where I really wanted to be able to hit a fast forward button. There are a ton of important characters and not so important characters, lots of names to try and remember. The book s are definitely not a fast read 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed the Wheel of Time series! I’ve heard great things about it, but I really am intimidated by the number of books and how long they are. And I’ve definitely read books like that too where I’ve been enjoying it, but kind of wanted to fast forward through some of it! 🙂

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Long books are daunting! I mean I’ve seen everyone hyping up Priory so I want to read that and the entire Outlander series is waiting to be read because I loved the first one but those books are scary huge. WHy are big books so scary? I get bored reading books and if I longer on one for too long I end up dnf-ing so sometimes I put off my longer reads for smaller ones for the sake of my attention span.

    • Laura

      I can totally relate to that! I get bored if I’m on one book too long, although I don’t often DNF, so I just end up putting off reading altogether, which means the book then takes me much longer.

  6. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    It’s funny because once I decide to read long books I many times fly through them faster than books much shorter. I’m pretty sure I read all 1000 pages of The Wise Man’s Fear in less than a week. I think it’s because I dedicate a block of time to get it over with, so that I’m not reading it for 3 years. For example, I’m waiting to read the 990 pages of Kingdom of Ash over spring break, when I won’t be distracted by schooolwork. Of course I still need to have finished my reread which contains several other behemoths, but that’s a separate issue.

    • Laura

      That sounds like a good process to get through longer books! I should probably save the longer ones I want to read until I have time off work, and can devote big chunks of time to getting through them. I really hope you enjoy Kingdom of Ash! 🙂

  7. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Totally agree that long books can be really intimidating, and it can take me forever to pick them up. I LOVE Robin Hobb, but I still haven’t read her last two books (even though I own them). I ended up listening to the whole Wheel of Time Series via Audible. I read the first several books many years ago, but I think I quit at like book 10 or something. I wanted to finish the series, but these books are REALLY long and crazily detailed (Jordan loves his subplots–and random characters’ POVs). So I listened to the whole series so I can finish it off. I think they were over 30 hours each, though!

    • Laura

      That’s actually a good idea to listen to longer books as audiobooks! I might try that with the Wheel of Time books too, even though at 30 hours each, that may take me quite some time! 🙂

  8. Dani Eide

    They can be daunting. Some times it’s just hard to keep track of all the characters. I just finished the Orange Priory. Loved the dragons! Also The Glass Sentence at 493 pages. Not long for an YA but it is for a middle grade. I have read a number of Wheel of Time books. It drove me crazy so many pages and only a week had passed! Thanks Laura! ❤️❤️

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed Orange Priory! I think the fact there’s supposed to be dragons is one of the main reasons I want to read it! 🙂

  9. Cam @ Camillea Reads

    I started the Wheel of Time series looooong ago but never got past book three. Not out of disinterest thought! I NEED to get back to it soon. I’d love to give Priory of the Orange Tree, and The Grace of Kings a try!

    • Laura

      I feel like that’s what would happen with me if I started reading the Wheel of Time. I’d probably get so far and then not read anymore for ages, and then I would probably forget what had happened in the previous books (that happens to me all the time!).
      I hope you enjoy Priory of the Orange Tree and The Grace of Kings if you do give them a try! 🙂

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