Long books can be more intimidating than short ones, as they take longer to read and require more commitment. However, once in a while I quite like to immerse myself into a long book for a few weeks. It feels like an alternative life that complements our real one, since the characters are usually more developed and the plot more detailed.
I turned my bookcase upside down to discover which are the longest books I have ever read.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – 1006 pages
The story of two practical magicians, who restore magic to England during the time of the French Invasions, is quite an entertaining read. The amount of details on magic and the various footnotes transform this novel into an alternative history tale. You can read my full review here.
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – 873 pages
The second book in the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire features the wars between the various claimants to the Iron Throne. As all the other books in this series, this is an enthralling read full of fascinating, strong and complex characters.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – 822 pages
The main character in this Russian classic is Anna Karenina. After a visit to her brother, in order to help him solve his marriage problems, she starts an affair with the bachelor Count Vronsky, shocking Russian society. Besides love and morality, this novel also focuses on politics, the feudal system and the role of social classes.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – 780 pages
The Great Houses of Westeros play dangerous political games that leave the fictional continent of Westeros in chaos. This is the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which is told from various points of view. It will get you hooked from the first to the last page.
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin – 776 pages
This is another book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, featuring more conspiracies, new alliances and magical elements. All the books in this series are quite long. In fact, the reason why the three I just mentioned are the longest is because the paperback editions of A Storm of Swords and A Dance with Dragons that I own were both split into two parts. Otherwise those two would be the longest ones.
Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fénix by J.K. Rowling (Portuguese translation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) – 750 pages
This is one of my favourite books in the Harry Potter series, which I haven’t read in a really long time. The interaction between Harry and Professor Snape is quite interesting and I remember being intrigued.
Which are the longest books you’ve ever read? Do you prefer long or short books? Tell me in the comments!