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
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.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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.
London by Edward Rutherfurd
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.
World Without End by Ken Follett
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.
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
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.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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.
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?