Since I’ve started setting myself a minimum number of books to read in each given year, I feel like I’ve been (unconsciously) avoiding picking up huge books. I only read around an hour per day on average, so it takes me several weeks to read a book longer than 800 pages. There are four massive books that I want to read soon, though! And by soon, I mean probably next year, since I will have to either maybe lower the number of books on my usual reading challenge or not to have one at all.
The Crimson Petal and The White by Michel Faber
Set in Victorian London, it has as main character Sugar, a young woman trying to achieve a better life in any way she can. It is around 860 pages long. As the majority of the reviews that I read are quite positive, it has inexcusably been on my wish list for far too long.
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
I’ve enjoyed the first two books in the fantasy series The Farseer Trilogy (the first one more than the second to be honest), whose main character and narrator is the royal bastard Fitz. Thus, I’m curious to read the third instalment, Assassin’s Quest. At the same time, however, I’m fearful, as I found Royal Assassin unnecessarily lengthy and its follow-up is even longer. Will it justify being around 840 pages long?
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I’ve been meaning to pick up this Russian classic since relishing reading Anna Karenina around eight years ago, I believe. The huge set of characters and the 1200 pages have been waning my desire, though. It’s (almost) time to change that!
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
I’ve recently watched the TV adaptation of this novel. Although it didn’t blow me away, it left me curious and eager to read the book, which sounds slightly different from the TV series if the blurb is anything to go by. It’s set in 1866 in New Zealand, where Walter Moody wants to try his luck at the goldfields.
Have you read any of these books? Which huge books have you been delaying reading? Tell me in the comments!