If you feel like you haven't read anything particularly outstanding in a while, don't worry. I have 15
super-long classics that are definitely worth your time. Trust me, these books will give you plenty to dig into.
Classic novels can get a bad reputation for being overly long, boring, or difficult to read. Although it is true that
some classics can be confusing for the modern-day reader, that's no reason to avoid older books entirely. Take it from someone who used to hate to read the classics, but fell head-over-heels for 19th-century literature — these books are phenomenal.
For the purposes of this list, I have selected no book published after 1969, which means that every single one of the titles below is
at least 50 years old. Each is also greater than 500 pages in length, with many exceeding 800 or even 1,000 pages, so you'll have enough material to get you through several days of blissful reading — or one intense fugue. I've marked both the publication year and the page count below each book cover for you.
Check out the 15
super-long classics I think you should read below — they're perfect for your cozy winter reading: 'The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader' by Ida B. Wells Page count: 624 Year: 1885-1927
Collecting writings from antiracist journalist Ida B. Wells,
The Light of Truth contains her early writings, as well as articles from her career as an established author. Click here to buy. 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot Page count: 810 Year: 1871
Set in the eponymous small town in the late 1820s and early 1830s,
Middlemarch weaves its way through the lives of the town's residents, which include the pious Dorothea, who marries a much-older minister — only to find herself falling in love with his nephew. Click here to buy. 'Anna Karenina' by Leo Tolstoy Page count: 972 Year: 1877
In this novel by
War and Peace author Leo Tolstoy, the wife of a Russian politician falls in love with a dashing military man, an affair with whom puts her whole family in jeopardy. Click here to buy. 'The Tale of Genji' by Murasaki Shikibu Page count: 1,155 Year: 1008
A sprawling novel published just after the turn of the 11th century,
The Tale of Genji follows the titular prince as he navigates court intrigue and romance in Heian-era Japan. Click here to buy. 'The Golden Notebook' by Doris Lessing Page count: 635 Year: 1962
In this novel, a writer chronicles her life in four different, color-coded notebooks, until she must connect their varying narratives in a meaningful way.
Click here to buy. 'The Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas Page count: 1,179 Year: 1844
After he is wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 15 years, Edmond Dantès escapes, and vows revenge against those who put him away. He disguises himself as the Italian Count of Monte Cristo to infiltrate their society circles.
Click here to buy. 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë Page count: 590 Year: 1847
In Charlotte Brontë's most famous novel, a young governess falls in love with her employer, only to find that he harbors a dark secret — a wife he keeps locked in the attic.
Click here to buy. 'Living My Life' by Emma Goldman Page count: 1,028 Year: 1931
This expansive memoir from Lithuanian-American feminist activist and anarchist Emma Goldman covers her life in Europe, the U.S., Russia, and Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Click here to buy. 'Moby-Dick' by Herman Melville Page count: 720 Year: 1851
This whale of a novel —
whomp whomp — centers on narrator Ishmael as he sails with an insane sea captain bent on revenge against the eponymous white beast. Click here to buy. 'Christy' by Catherine Marshall Page count: 512 Year: 1967
Well-known by Southern readers and anyone who enjoys feel-good stories about pioneer women,
Christy is a novelization of the author's mother's youth, which was spent working as a teenage schoolteacher in a poor, Appalachian village. Click here to buy. 'The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson' by Emily Dickinson Page count: 716 Year: 1890
From one of the most beloved poets in the American literary canon, this collection contains all of Emily Dickinson's — mostly short — works of poetry.
Click here to buy. 'Musashi' by Eiji Yoshikawa Page count: 970 Year: 1935
This serialized novel traces 12 years in the life of
The Book of Five Rings author Musashi Miyamoto, who devoted his life to the bushidō code. Click here to buy. 'Kristin Lavransdatter' by Sigrid Undset Page count: 1,144 Year: 1920
Originally published as three separate novels,
Kristin Lavransdatter follows its eponymous, 14th-century heroine, who defies her family's wishes to marry the man she loves. Click here to buy. 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë Page count: 542 Year: 1848
The better-known of Anne Brontë's two novels,
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall tells the story of Helen Graham, a married woman on the run from her good-for-nothing husband, who lives under an assumed name and paints to support herself. Click here to buy. 'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison Page count: 581 Year: 1952
Ralph Ellison's National Book Award-winning novel
Invisible Man centers on an unnamed narrator, who is living off the mainstream radar as he tells the story of his life, from humble beginnings in the South, to his work as the leader of the mysterious Brotherhood. Click here to buy.