top 5 recommendation | big books

I don’t tend to read books that are more than 350 pages. I think it is because I’m an impatient person, and I want to read as many books as humanly possible! But sometimes I do settle down with a book that cannot be categorised as anything other than thicc. So, here are 5 big books over 450 pages that I’d recommend sinking your teeth into.

  1. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – This book was amazing, and I am very excited to read the sequel. Even though it is a huge book, I read it in about two days because I was hooked. Seriously, this book is just as good as everyone says it is, if not better. Please make sure to read the trigger warnings, because part two is pretty horrific.
  2. Feed by Mira Grant – I didn’t realise that this book is pretty chunky (599 pages!) because I read it on my Kindle. It’s a zombie book written by Seanan McGuire using her pen name. I got absolutely obsessed with this series last year and blasted through the three main books in about a week!
  3. Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – So at 448 pages this is a bit of a shorter book than the others on this list, but I thought that I would include it because I don’t often read contemporary books that are so long! Also Julie Murphy’s writing style made reading this book an absolute breeze – it felt a lot shorter and snappier than it actually was.
  4. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – First of all, please roast me for the fact that I haven’t read the sequel to this book. WTF is wrong with me?! Secondly, this is one of the few enormous books that I think absolutely could not have had a single page cut out. I thought this fantasy novel was absolutely brilliant, and definitely worth all of the hype.
  5. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – Ok, so this is a bit of a pretentious last choice. It’s a bit of an intellectual fuckboy classic. But at 705 pages it is one of the longest books that I’ve ever read. Reading it was actually one of my fondest memories of university, because I loved hauling this super weird book around campus and getting funny looks when I was reading it sideways or upside-down.


5 long books that I want to read include:

  1. Fingersmith
  2. The Kingdom of Copper
  3. Muse of Nightmares
  4. We That Are Young
  5. How to Survive A Plague

Do you read big books? Which are your favourites?

12 thoughts on “top 5 recommendation | big books

  1. Holly says:

    Every summer I try to pick a big book to read (past ones have been Gone with the Wind, War and Peace, Moby Dick…). This summer’s big book is The Stand by Stephen King–taking me a while to get through, but really good so far!


  2. whatsnonfiction says:

    I do a couple of big books a year, I just read The Romanovs last month. I read House of Leaves years ago and I remember getting funny looks turning it around to read while on the subway! I wasn’t crazy about it though, it just didn’t click with me but I know it’s a classic of sorts!


    1. whatthelog says:

      Wow, The Romanovs is a massive book!! And I can totally understand that with House of Leaves. I read it as a part of a university course looking at postmodern fiction (if I remember correctly??) and a lot of my enjoyment came from the discussions and lectures about it.

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      1. whatsnonfiction says:

        I can imagine my enjoyment of that book would’ve been greater in a setting where I could discuss it. So much of it felt like it just went over my head, or I couldn’t appreciate the artsiness of it.

        The Romanovs was indeed massive!! I gave myself the whole month of July to read it so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed or burnt out on it!

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  3. moonlight & moths says:

    I just read The City of Brass and I’m currently in the middle of The Poppy Wars. Both of these books have been FANTASTIC and I’m so glad to see them recommended to other people. Dumplin’ has been on my TBR for years, so your post may actually inspire me to read that series.


    1. whatthelog says:

      OMG YESSSS. I am not much of a fantasy reader, but I absolutely devoured both of those books! I really must read both of their sequels. And I absolutely love Dumplin’ and Puddin’!! They’re two of my faves 🙂

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  4. Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical says:

    I’m really bad at picking up big books – they seem so intimidating, and I usually end up picking something smaller up. 😅 I got The Woman in White from the library more than a month ago, and I’ve just now made myself start it – it’s nearly 700 pages long, and I’m not even sure I’ll like, so it was hard to get started on it. I really want to read The Poppy War, Puddin’ and The City of Brass. My favorite big books would include Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (800+), and I think Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is nearly 700 pages long. Also, I think some of Libba Bray’s from The Diviners and the Gemma Doyle trilogy are quite big, but she’s one of my favorite authors, so these never actually feel long. Good luck on picking up the the five on your tbr. 🙂

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    1. whatthelog says:

      I totally get what you mean – big books are such a commitment! I read The Woman in White when I was at university, and I think I remember enjoying it? It’s certainly got some eccentric characters!
      Aaaah yes, Dickens! I read Bleak House (also for university) and at 1000 pages it was A SLOG. I’ve only ever watched the TV miniseries of Little Dorrit, but I would consider picking it up!
      Also I was obsessed with the Gemma Doyle trilogy when I was a bit younger!! I’d love to re-read it. 🙂


  5. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    I need to read Muse of Nightmares too! God, you’ve just reminded me that has been on my TBR forever.

    I’m glad you feel this way about super long reads too. It’s hard to commit to a story for such a long time! I just finished The Book Thief and that’s an pretty epic 560-odd pager and it’s taken me forever!


    1. whatthelog says:

      OMG I know. I literally got Muse of Nightmares the week it was released, and I STILL haven’t read it. This is why I don’t tend to read series!!

      Yes, absolutely! I have pretty limited patience, and it’s rare for me to be so hugely invested in a book that I’d happily read over 500 pages without thinking it could have been edited down.


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