Great Books Over 1000 Pages to Cozy Up With this Fall

Looking to cozy up with a good, long read this fall? These great books over 1000 pages are captivating, challenging, and perfect for cozying up on the couch.

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There are so many great books over 1000 pages. But we’re often intimidated by size and wonder if we’ll have enough time to finish. Keeping up with regularly paced novels can be enough thankyouverymuch.

I’m not the kind of book blogger who reads sixteen novels a month.

Something I promised myself I’d do this fall, now that the sun sets earlier and our outside time is dwindling, is go back to a few of my longer TBRs.  I’m challenging myself to grab a throw blanket and curl up with that looooong novel I’ve been eyeing for the past few months.  Skip the PSL and throw in a good pinot noir and I’m set for my cozy autumn night on the couch.

In the spirit of preparing for my own epic read, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite extra long books, should you want to join me in the challenge.

6 Great Books Over 1000 Pages

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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Pages: 1037 (first edition)

Gone With the Wind, considered The Great American Novel, is a southern epic and Pulitzer Prize winner that gave way to one of the greatest movies of the century.

The 1936 publication takes place in Georgia between 1861 and 1873.  Not going to sugarcoat it – Mitchell romanticizes the Antebellum South in an uncomfortable way.

Other literary elements , though, still make it a “classic.” It is largely the coming of age story of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, unladylike daughter of a plantation owner during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Famously, her relationship with wealthy business man, Rhett Butler, is a focal point of the story and a large catalyst for her development.

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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Pages: 1225 (first edition)

Tolstoy’s 1869 Russian novel is one of Tolstoy’s (and the world’s) finest pieces of literature.

Set during the French invasion of Russia in the early 1800s, the novel recounts the Napoleonic Era’s impact on Russian society. The novel follows five fictional aristocratic families.  Yet, Tolstoy himself regards his novel as a historical chronicle where fact and fiction blend. It is still regarded as one of the most influential pieces of literature among philosophers, historians, and literary critics alike.

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London by Edward Rutherfurd

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Pages: 1152 (paperback)

Rutherfurd’s lengthy ode to London history, first published in 1997, is the ultimate must-read for Anglophiles.

Rutherford begins London with the birth of the River Thames and the character Segovax, described for his webbed hands. Readers follow future generations of the prominent Ducket and Dogget families over the next 2,000 years. Full of rich social and economic history, London can often read as nonfiction.

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World Without End by Ken Follett

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Pages: 1034 (paperback)

World Without End, published in 2007 as a sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, is very much a stand alone title.

The fictional Kingsbridge and its cathedral take center again. Many characters are decedents from those featured in The Pillars of the Earth, but with their own modern ideas. Architecture, economy, and medicine are prominent amidst the threat of the black plague.

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Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Pages: 1008 (collective trilogy, without appendixes)

Published between 1954 and 1955, Tolkien’s masterpiece trilogy is still one of the top-selling books of all time.

Frodo Baggins comes into possession of a single, lost ring, created by the evil Dark Lord Sauron to rule the other Five Rings of Power and conquer the fictional Middle-Earth. Frodo embarks on a quest to destroy the ring where it was created. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is clearly one of the most popular high fantasy stories of all time. With a clear cult following.

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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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Pages: 1900+ (original French publication)

Known affectionately as The Big Book, Les Miserables is one of the 19th century’s greatest masterpieces, published in 1862.

This French historical fiction novel follows ex-convict Jean Valjean, working girl Fantine, her daughter Cosette, and others. Their economic strife and chances for redemption culminate in the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugo seamlessly weaves in themes of religion, social concepts, and humanity.

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What’s the best long book you’ve read recently? Have you read any of these lengthy epics? What would you add to this list?

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    • Tori
      October 10, 2019 / 1:04 pm

      Me too! Rutherfurd is my favorite. I recently read New York by him too and it was so good!

      • Becky
        February 21, 2020 / 8:29 am

        The Outlander series! All are either close to 1000 or slightly over and all are excellent. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (the prequel to World Without End) is better in my opinion although maybe it squeaks under 1000 pages. The Century Series (Fall of Giants especially) by Follet is also great!
        I read GWTW but in 8th grade so might be worth a reread.
        One of the days I will get to War and Prace as well as Anna Karenina as they are already loaded to my kindle.
        Great list! I love a really long book to totally immerse myself in a new world!

        • Tori
          April 6, 2020 / 11:47 pm

          I love Pillars of the Earth..but yes, it’s under 1000 pages – I looked for this article because I wanted so badly for it to make the cut! I have to work on the Outlander series, too.

  1. October 10, 2019 / 9:22 am

    I feel like I need to read War and Peace because whenever a kid or anyone is being punished on TV, they are always reading this book in school. Except for Young Sheldon…he was actually in a broom closet skipping classes to read it just last week. lol!

    Librarian alert: I haven’t read any of these. Back in the day, I probably could. Now… if it’s over 300, I sigh. I do know about them buttttttt…..

    • Tori
      October 10, 2019 / 9:48 pm

      ahaha it’s so true! I think we view these long ass books as punishment but they’re really, really good sometimes. I feel you on the length. I’m lucky if I finish anything on time lately.

  2. October 15, 2019 / 7:08 pm

    Awesome list! I read Anna Karenina…was that 1000 pages? I try to brag about the fact that I read Tolstoy whenever I can. I worked it into a recent blog interview I did so I could gain some book blogger street cred.?
    Maybe I should read War and Peace too? Can I handle it?
    I definitely should read Gone with the Wind since I’m from Georgia. I haven’t even seen the movie! In my defense, I moved to Ga when I was 12 from Ct. I’m a yankee at heart.

    You’ve also kind of made me want to read Les Mis. That movie I have seen! Not the Broadway show though. Hopefully it comes back!

    Loved your list!!❤️

    • Shivam Phogat
      November 10, 2019 / 2:09 am

      I would also recommend Harry Potter and Methods of Rationality – Eliezer Yudkowsky

      • Tori
        November 14, 2019 / 12:41 am

        Ooh I haven’t read that. Honestly, I hadn’t heard of it either but after looking it up, it sounds interesting. HP meets philosophy. I like it!

  3. Diana
    August 28, 2022 / 10:35 pm

    I loved
    And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmeyer.
    Over a thousand pages and I’ve read it twice.

    Even Stephen King recommended it in his book on writing.

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