Beat these Behemoths

We all have that long book (books) that we’ve been meaning to finish but never actually pulled off from the shelf because of our busy schedule (or whatever excuse we can think of). I’ll be honest, War and Peace has been in my TBR list for many years now not because I have a pressing work schedule but simply because I am intimidated by its sheer length.

Committing to a lengthy novel is scary, too. We don’t want a disappointing ending after investing a long time reading it, do we? I have read only one book in the list myself, i.e. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, and I gave up at about 35% through Stephen King’s it.

I have collated here very long novels that, according to critics and popular opinion, are worthy of our time. Check them out and feel free to drop your own suggestions in the comments section below. 👇

  • War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  • It, Stephen King
  • A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  • The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor M Dostoyevsky
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot
  • The Stand, Stephen King
  • 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
  • The Hunchback of Notredame, Victor Hugo
  • The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  • Underworld, Don Delillo
  • Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
  • 2666, Roberto Bolaño
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  • In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust
  • Black Lamb and Gray Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia
  • The Man Without Qualities, Robert Musil
  • The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  • Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman
  • The Power Broker, Robert card
  • Shogun, James Clavell
  • Canopus in Argos Archives, Doris Lessing Elena Ferrante
  • Jerusalem, Alan Moore

I have read The Da Vinci Code and other books by Dan Brown. They are quite long but I find his style very easy to read. I actually managed to read his books in just a day.

What long books do you want to read but never had the courage to actually read? Have I missed great long books? Let me know by dropping your comments below.

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