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Bookish Thoughts: Big, Long Books

So, I love a huge book.

There is just something so satisfying about starting this massive book and slowly making your way through it page by page.  Don’t get me wrong- it also feels awesome to sit down and read a book all in one gulp, but you have to admit, it feels rewarding to finish a 1000 pager ;)

I read this article last month sometime (I think) and ended up back on it again today, so I figured it was meant to be. I must share.

It’s called The Stockholm Syndrome Theory of Long Novels and it talks about how even if a long novel isn’t great all the way through, the are often much-loved books because people feel successful upon finishing them.  It’s so true!

I have probably a list of 5 books that I call my “favorites” and of them, at least 3 have over 800 pages: The Stand, Gone with the Wind, and The Name of the Wind.  I truly do think that they are great books, but part of it may be the time that I had to invest to get through them!  I also consider Atlas Shrugged in my top 10 or 20 and I KNOW that is because I was proud of myself for reading it!

What about you?  Do you love finishing a long book?  What is your favorite big, long book?


  1. Posted June 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I love reading long books too! Especially ones that the author describes a lot going on and has done research in order to write the book. Hence my love for Anne Rice.

  2. Posted June 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Yep, I feel the same way! My favorite long books are Gone With the Wind and The Pillars of the Earth. So good!

  3. booneybear
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Big books make me swoon!. Some of my favorites include ‘The Stand’ by Stephen King, ‘A Storm of Swords’ by George RR Martin, ‘A Fall of Giants’ by Ken Follett, ‘A Suitable Boy’ by Vikram Seth, ‘The Terror’ by Dan Simmons, ‘Trinity’ by Leon Uris….I could go on and on and on.

  4. Posted June 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE long books, but totally disagree with the accomplishment theory. I just get so involved with the lives of the characters that I am sad when the book is over!

    GWTW is a great one, as is The Stand. Anna Karenina is one of my all-time favorites, along with The Forsyte Saga. I picked up a few Mitchner books at a recent library sale, because we all know that he is the KING of long books. Also, War and Peace is on my list, but I haven’t been able to get more than 200 pages in yet.