Doorstop books to finally dive into
Is there a pile of unread books in your bedroom? Or maybe your Kindle wishlist is as long as your arm. Now's the time to get reading!
With more time on our hands, now is the ideal time to pull out those mighty books weighing down your bookshelf that you’ve always dreamed of reading. From classics and fantasies to critical prize-winners, these are the tomes to lose yourself in.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Page count: 1000+
False imprisonment, daring escapes, a rags-to-riches tale, romance and revenge – there’s not a lot missing from this French classic. It’s a mighty novel that’s also a gripping page-turner, which is handy given this is well over 1000 pages. Interesting fact: Alexandre Dumas is one of France’s most widely read authors but many do not know his grandmother was a black slave named Marie-Cessette Dumas.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Page count: 720
Warning, if you’re after a comforting, cosy read, you may want to give this a wide berth. What this Booker nominated novel is, though, is an achingly beautiful read, and a modern tale of love, life and friendship between four New Yorkers that will squeeze every last tear out of you. Just remember to keep a box of tissues at the ready!
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Page count: 784
Forget the recent film adaptation (which was bang average) and pick up the brilliant arm-aching source material instead. It’s a coming of age story that follows Theodore Decker, a teenager who is navigating a new life after the death of his mother. There’s also the little matter of having stolen an invaluable painting and what on earth to do with it…
Long but so rewarding.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Page count: 400
Less weighty than the other contenders here, but no less worthy or epic. Chimamanda shows off her incredible writing chops again with a deep dive into what it means to be African in America. It’s a book with a lot to say: on race, relationships and human interactions – and does it with zip and an attention-grabbing plot. Is there anything Chimamanda can’t do?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Page count: 607
If you’ve re-read the Harry Potter series countless times over, perhaps now wouldn’t be a bad time to revisit them once again. After all, we won’t blame you for wanting to escape reality and indulge in some comforting nostalgia right now. We’ve picked this one, but any of the later Harry Potter books are pretty weighty material. However, the finale doesn’t disappoint – it’s the last thrill ride into the land of magic, with extra darkness and insight into all the mysteries which kept us gripped for years.
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
Page count: 1,682
A handy compilation of this famous quartet, it won’t take you long to see why this Italian classic is close to so many people’s hearts. The author (who tried to remain anonymous, until a controversial recent outing) considers them one novel, so who’s to argue? Such is the wide appeal that the first instalment called My Brilliant Friend was adapted by Netflix and turned into a stage show. Introduce yourself to Lenu and Lila and their lives in an often violent and patriarchal Naples, you won’t regret it.