Doorstopper Novels You’ll Actually Have Time for Now

If there's one advantage to life under quarantine it's the unprecedented reading time. Granted, the anxiety of a global pandemic doesn't make for the most relaxed reading conditions, but if you've still got the attention span there's never been a better time to seek an escape through the written word or catch up on those lengthy classics you never had time for pre-lockdown.

Here's are 31 books and series with 500 or more pages to keep you occupied until it's safe to emerge again. All titles are available in a free downloadable e-book or audiobook format through SLPL, unless marked with an asterisk (*):

 

 Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (496 pgs.)

 The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood (544 pgs.)

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 2666 - Roberto Bolaño (898 pgs.)*

 The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton (848 pgs.)

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 Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes (976 pgs.)

 The Expanse series - James S.A. Corey (4,565 total pgs.)

 Underworld - Don DeLillo (832 pgs.)

 Bleak House - Charles Dickens (572 pgs.)

 The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky (912 pgs.)

 

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (1,240 pgs.)

 Middlemarch - George Eliot (840 pgs.)

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 Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison (624 pgs.)

 Ducks, Newburyport - Lucy Ellis (1,030 pgs.)

 Neapolitan series - Elena Ferrante (1,696 total pgs.)

 Kingsbridge series - Ken Follett (2,940 total pgs.)

Outlander series - Diana Gabaldon (6,936 total pgs.)

 

 Les Misérables - Victor Hugo (1,264 pgs.)

 

 Broken Earth trilogy - N.K. Jemisin (1,424 total pgs.)

 

 Thomas Cromwell trilogy - Hilary Mantel (1,756 total pgs.)

 

 A Song of Ice and Fire series - George R.R. Martin (4,272 total pgs.)

 

 Moby-Dick - Herman Melville (768 pgs.)

 

1Q84 - Haruki Murakami (944 pgs.)

 

 

 In Search of Lost Time series - Marcel Proust (4,211 total pgs.)

 

 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (1,349 pgs.)*

 

 The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu (1,200 pgs.)

 

 Almanac of the Dead - Leslie Marmon Silko (763 pgs.)*

 

 The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt (775 pgs.)

 

 The Lord of the Rings trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien (1,178 total pgs.)

 

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (1,140 pgs.)

 

 Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace (1,088 pgs.)*

A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara (720 pgs.)

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