Friday, January 5, 2018

Long Books for Those Long Winter Nights

If you live in the Northeast United States like I do, you are probably digging yourself out from another snow storm. My son is enjoying his second day off from school, and we have had substantial snow at least once a week for the past three.

The good thing about cold, snowy days is the possibility of lots of reading. There's something perfect about curling up with a hot drink, a warm blanket, and a very large book. Winter is the perfect time to tackle that huge book you've been meaning to read. Here are some door stopper books I've read and a few I'm hoping to pick up this winter!

Books I've Read

Historical Fiction:
Hild by Nicola Griffith (546 pages)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (541 pages)
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (501 pages)
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (504 pages)

The Fireman by Joe Hill (752 pages)
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (502 pages)
The Cormoran Strike Mysteries by Robert Gailbraith (first one is 455 pages)

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (818 pages)
Dead Wake by Erik Larson (430 pages)

Books I Hope to Read Soon
Gnomon by Nick Harkaway (704 pages)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (523 pages)
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Issacson (590 pages)

What huge book do you think I should read this winter?


  1. Living in Michigan means a lot of snow, too, but not nearly as much as you guys are getting out there! We have today off of school because of wind chills. It wasn't a positive temperature until 2:00 today, and the wind chills are around -20 all day. Another good reason to stay inside buried under blankets and read a good long book! :)

    1. Yikes! Winter weather confuses me--some days 20 degrees feels fine and other days, I feel like an icicle walking out to my car.

  2. It's hard to pick from such a great list. (Especially since I haven't read ANY of them.) In the winter I always want something lighthearted and funny, or fast-paced and compelling. Definitely not long. For some reason, I don't have the energy for long reads when it's dark and cold outside. :D

    1. I actually don't find myself to be much of a seasonal reader. I just read all the time, regardless of the weather or temperature. But I know some people read more when it's dark by 4 in the afternoon. :)