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Long Books to Get Lost In: 24 of my most memorable long novels

In the context of the busy lives most of us lead these days, the opportunity to dive into a long book can feel as good as a holiday.

Holiday Reading Recommendations - Memorable long booksGuilt-free, uninterrupted time to devote to reading is one of the simpler pleasures in life, and I consider myself lucky to have developed an appreciation for it from a very young age.

Sure, the things I have chosen to read in these precious opportunities, my bookish escapes, have varied depending on my mood…

Reading escapes

Sometimes I’ll gravitate towards the book version of “easy-listening” such as quality romantic comedy novels and your reliable crime & detective fiction. While other times I have seen it as the perfect opportunity to dive into more meaningful and moving long literary journeys and crack the spine on those chunkier titles, those long novels that require a little more mental investment and focus.

But reading time is precious, so that makes title selection all the more crucial. To help guide your decision, I offer up 24 of my most memorable long books. Clicking on the cover will open a new window where you can read the book synopsis and/or my review.

Long Books To Get Lost In

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The Bone Clocks - 24 Most Memorable Long Novels Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey One Plus One by Jojo Moyes A Beautiful Mind Beauty in Thorns Kate Forsyth - OP Cloud Atlas To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis The Orphan Master's Son bitter-greens 400 Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse The Quick The Rook

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
― Oscar Wilde

The Signature of All Things - Best Long Books Jojo Moyes The Girl You Left Behind Seven Types of Ambiguity - 24 Most Memorable Long NovelsThe Return - Best Long BooksPeople of the Book by Geraldine Brooks The Swan Thieves - 24 Most Memorable Long Novels Gillespie and I The Street Sweeper the shadow of the wind by carlos ruiz zafon The Book Thief - Best Long Books

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
C.S. Lewis

How many of these long novels have you read?

Diving Into Good Books - Long NovelsI also highly recommend the famously long classic novels Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Other titles with noticeably high page counts that I very much want to read but haven’t yet found the perfect opportunity include:

I am also determined to one day go back and finish Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s ‘The Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ series and Connie Willis’ ‘Oxford Time Travel’ novels.

And remember, most of these long novels are available in long audiobooks which you can download and listen to FREE with Audible’s 30-Day Trial

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