Longest Books You Will Ever Love
The only thing better than a great book is a great book that never ends. Check out some of our faves around 1000 pages or more.
- •Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasA tale of false imprisonment, lost treasure and revenge. A big commitment, but one you won't regret making. 1276 pages.
- •The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel FaberA prostitute in Victorian London wants a better life for herself and finds a way to rise through society. Incredible historical (though sometimes graphic) detail, beautiful language and perspectives that will make us consider our social class structure today. What could be better? 901 pages.
- •The Far Pavilions by M.M. KayeSure this is an older one and we'd have to interlibrary loan it for you, but it's worth it, I promise. An aristocratic English boy is raised as an Indian servant when his parents die of cholera. As a child he befriends a princess who is also an outsider like him. They fall in love, but of course it cannot be...an epic love story crossing continents, cultures, and decades. 958 pages.
- •Les Miserables by Victor HugoIf you loved the musical (and even if you didn't) you must come back and read the source material. Another richly drawn epic tale of war, class struggle, and families torn apart. 1463 pages.
- •Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtryThink Westerns are formulaic and outdated? Prove yourself wrong with this laugh out loud Pulitzer Prize winner about two best friends and the journey of a lifetime. 945 pages.
- •North and South by John JakesTwo families. One war. You won't even realize how much you're learning about American History as you devour the story of the Hazards and the Mains. First in a series. 812 pages.
- •Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettSet in the 1100s, this story revolves around the building of a Gothic Cathedral and the years and lives devoted to its completion. During a time when human suffering was normal and the Church and King were everything, the building of a great cathedral both brought people together and tore them apart. First in a series. 973 pages.
- •Roots by Alex HaleyThe richly imagined lives of a real family-- the ancestors of author Alex Haley. Haley researched his genealogy and embellished historical fact to tell the deeply personal story of his family from their origins in Africa to generations of slavery to segregation. Even more powerful than the incredibly popular miniseries made from it. 729 pages.
- •The Stand by Stephen KingCaptain Trips is a disease that wipes out all of humankind -- almost. Those who are left have to decide if they stand on the side of good or evil, once they figure out how to stay alive, that is. Read the post-apocalyptic novel the others are judged against. 1153 pages.
- •Voyager by Diana GabaldonOutlander gets all the love, and sure, I wouldn't recommend skipping right to book three, but Voyager moves so skillfully across three centuries and two continents...and it's the book where everything books one and two were building up to comes together. -- 870 pages.