With nothing on the agenda but sun and fun, vacations offer the perfect time to read lengthy books you'd never get to tackle otherwise. On the list below, I've got nine long classic books to sink your teeth into this summer. They're each good for at least 500 pages of entertainment fun, so be sure to cram a few into your beach bag if you're craving some heavier reading while you lounge in the shade.
Long, classic novels aren't generally thought of as summer reading fare. "Beach reads" have a reputation for being fluffy and fun, like an exciting thriller or exhilarating romance novel. But there's no law that says you have to read light books on your vacation, so feel free to pack in as many challenging novels as you can this summer.
You'll probably recognize several of the novels on the list below as those books that you've been planning to read for forever, but just haven't gotten around to cracking open yet. If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of adding more than one of these classics to your summer reading list, feel free to just pick one to start with. Regardless of which one you choose, you're guaranteed to have a memorable summer, just by reading it.