32 Long Books for Readers to Savor

Posted by Marie on June 14, 2019


There's something to be said about luxuriating in the world of a long book. To help add to your list of readerly accomplishments this year, we took a look at some of the most popular heavyweights that are beloved by your fellow Goodreads members.

With genres from nonfiction to fantasy, this roundup covers favorites more than 600 pages long. This includes recent releases such as Priory of the Orange Tree and The Alice Network as well as classics including War and Peace and Gone with the Wind.

Which long books would you recommend? Share them with us in the comments!

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Comments Showing 1-50 of 141 (141 new)


message 1: by Jan (new)

Jan Patetta I'm surprised that GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is not on this list.


message 2: by C.E. (new)

C.E. Crowder >1, probably because it's not 600+ pages long. :)


message 3: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon


message 4: by El (new)

El I recommend NOS4A2, and the Count of Monte Cristo is my favourite book, but I haven't read any others of these yet


message 5: by Vivienne (new)

Vivienne The Goldfinch is a great read!


message 6: by Janet (new)

Janet Why are none of the Outlander books on here? None of them are less than 600 pages.


message 7: by Hannah (new)

Hannah The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart. I'm savoring it now!


message 8: by David (new)

David Rose The reason why books you think would be on this list
aren't,
is because Amazon chooses the books they think will be most likely to sell.


message 9: by Rob (new)

Rob The count of Monte Cristo is my absolute favourite book, more people need to read it, I have read a few of the others, like war and peace and Don Quixote, however The Count, lives longest in my memory.


message 10: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Any Ron Chernow or David McCullough book. Truman, Washington and Grant are outstanding! Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson is up there, too.


message 11: by Libby (new)

Libby Black Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts 993 pages looking forward to reading it


message 12: by Appleblossomm (new)

Appleblossomm The Familiar by Mark Z. Danielewski


message 13: by Kristenlile (new)

Kristenlile Thorn Birds?


message 14: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Any of these books are worthy LONG reads:
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
North and South by John Jakes
Any of A Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin

My favorite from the list, though, is The Stand by Stephen King


message 15: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Lounsbury Yes The Thorn Birds!


Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You 2666 by Bolano... Hunger's Brides by Paul Anderson...


Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You seems size matters this summer!!
hahahahahhahahahhahaha!!
;)


Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You David wrote: "The reason why books you think would be on this list
aren't,
is because Amazon chooses the books they think will be most likely to sell."


disagree. long books are tough sells... people spend so much of their time glued to their tiny smartphone screens, taking in the world in short bursts... a long read is an investment in time and attention, two things in short supply in today's world...


message 19: by Calvinist (new)

Calvinist Batman I know it's not a classic (yet!) but I am shocked to find NO Stormlight books like The Way of Kings from Brandon Sanderson on here. Oathbringer is still one of the longest books I've ever read. One of the most enjoyable too.


message 20: by Calvinist (new)

Calvinist Batman David wrote: "The reason why books you think would be on this list
aren't,
is because Amazon chooses the books they think will be most likely to sell."


You're not wrong.


Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster...


message 22: by Kate (last edited Jun 14, 2019 08:05AM) (new)

Kate Book series that were missed:
Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy and Stephen King's Dark Tower series.


message 23: by AustinT (new)

AustinT From Here to Eternity - James Jones


message 24: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey I've read fifteen of these and have three of them on the TBR. Additions I would make include:

Kristin Lavransdatter - Sigrid Undset
The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu
Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 - W.E.B. Du Bois
The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvoir

among others.


message 25: by Chloe (new)

Chloe Les Misérables! Longest book I've ever read and one of the best!


message 26: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Kirkum The Name of the Wind and The Stand mentioned in this list - 100 times 100 times yes. Drop whatever you're reading right now and read those books.


message 27: by Caroline (new)

Caroline David wrote: "The reason why books you think would be on this list
aren't,
is because Amazon chooses the books they think will be most likely to sell."



Truth to this unfortunately /:


message 28: by Philip (new)

Philip River City by John Farrow . 864 fabulous pages!


message 29: by Heather (new)

Heather Heath Shantaram for me. Such a good read


message 30: by Darren (new)

Darren Kristin Lavransdatter and Tale of Genji are both good shouts from Aubrey

I would add:
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Fielding, Henry
Darconville's Cat Theroux, Alexander
The Gray House Petrosyan, Mariam
Underworld DeLillo, Don
Darkmans Barker, Nicola
Cryptonomicon Stephenson, Neal
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Murakami, Haruki


message 31: by Allison (new)

Allison Rose The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye - 955 pages, but so good!


message 32: by Paul (new)

Paul Good list.

"Count of Monte Cristo" was the first eBook I read. Not obsessing (and being intimidated) by the size and length in this format, this felt so much shorter.
A fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable read, and you don't necessarily have to be a fan of "classic literature".
"Shogun" was also a quick read, despite the page count.
I agree with other who endorse "The Stand" .... a true latter-day classic. Stephen King peaked early, much like Orson Welles with "Citizen Kane".

I would add "The Source" by James Michener. If you love historical fiction, this is for you.


message 33: by Zhraa (new)

Zhraa Les Miserables ❤❤❤❤❤


message 34: by Eric (new)

Eric My favorite book...11/22/63. Long masterpiece by The King.


message 35: by Ian (new)

Ian Garrett The Sot Weed Factor by John Bath is superb.


Steph [They/Them] (Wickedjr Reads) IT by Stephen King

I really need to read more long books...


message 37: by Michael (new)

Michael The Power Broker, Robert Caro


message 38: by Lucinda (new)

Lucinda Koch Shantaram!


message 39: by Constant (new)

Constant N0S4A2!


message 40: by George (new)

George Fortune Two beautiful books:
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye


message 41: by Lucie (new)

Lucie Moulton Shantaram
Mists of Avalon
Wild Swans
Swan Thieves
Gone with the Wind
The Book Thief


message 42: by Zhraa (new)

Zhraa I'm not sure but I think Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code are more than 600 pages , if that so then they are also my favorite long books 🤍


message 43: by Lucie (new)

Lucie Moulton Thank you to those who posted about Stephen King’s The Stand and DT series; They have long since been on my TBR list from the many I ask “What’s your favorite book?”
I just started The Stand last night. Based on the comments here, I am so looking forward to descending into this read!!! My aforementioned above may be a bit shy of 600+ and some are from my youthful days (early twenties) but I loved the long read nonetheless.


message 44: by Jim (new)

Jim No James Michener? No David McCullough?


message 45: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Lucie wrote: "Shantaram
Mists of Avalon
Wild Swans
Swan Thieves
Gone with the Wind
The Book Thief"


Oh my gosh Wild Swans is so good. I haven't read it in so long!


message 46: by Meena Rehana (last edited Jun 14, 2019 11:28AM) (new)

Meena Rehana Somwaru https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

The Labyrinth Of The Spirits is a good one...sometimes I'm a slow reader but I devoured this in less than 3 weeks!...it's 800+ pages! :)


message 47: by April (new)

April Lonesome Dove is on my list for this year.


message 48: by gramakri (new)

gramakri A Suitable Boy
1474 pages


message 49: by Alastair (new)

Alastair McPherson Proust should be here


message 50: by Georgina (new)

Georgina Lara Bolaño’s 2666


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