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13 Extra-Long Books to Read While You Wait for Spring

Kerry Fiallo is a New York native and copywriter at Simon & Schuster. A lifelong voracious reader, she has a particular fondness for ghost stories, history, and anything to do with Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Brontë sisters. The only thing she may love more than books is black tea, but they do often go well together. You can find her as she navigates through literature and history on Twitter @ReadingInNYC and on Tumblr.

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, winter is the perfect time to sit by the fire and lose yourself in a deliciously long book. From epic fantasy to searing romance, these 13 books are some of our extra-long favorites to enjoy while waiting for spring!


Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry
The Pulitzer Prize winner that breathed fresh air into the western, LONESOME DOVE tells the story of two ex–Texas Rangers as they herd cattle on an expansive trail-drive. With a brilliant assortment of characters, lyrical prose, and a stunning depiction of the American wilderness, this epic is a timeless classic. . . . Page Count: 864
Lonesome Dove
Larry McMurtry

A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, this Pulitzer Prize— winning classic is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic this is a book to that will make you laugh, weep, and dream.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
A wizarding tale for adults who grew up with Harry Potter, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL is a darker and more perilous magical saga. In 1806, Norrell and Strange are practicing magicians drawn into Britain’s war with France. Can they succeed in helping their country or is the appeal of dark magic too great for them? . . . Page Count:1024
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Susanna Clarke

This fantasy classic is the longest book on this list and the most recent material mined for a BBC miniseries. At the dawn of the nineteenth century most people believe magic to be long dead in England—until two very different magicians emerge who change England’s history..... Page Count: 1,024

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The Thorn Birds
by Colleen McCullough

A sweeping love story, Colleen McCullough’s classic spans 3 generations in the Australian Outback. Meggie grows up on her family’s sheep ranch and falls in love with Father Ralph de Bricassart. But can their forbidden love survive years of familial rivalries, tragic deaths, selfish ambitions, and hurtful lies? . . . Page Count: 692

The Thorn Birds
Colleen McCullough

A sweeping love story, Colleen McCullough’s classic spans 3 generations in the Australian Outback. Meggie grows up on her family’s sheep ranch and falls in love with Father Ralph de Bricassart. But can their forbidden love survive years of familial rivalries, tragic deaths, selfish ambitions, and hurtful lies? . . . Page Count: 692

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Team of Rivals
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The acclaimed political biography that helped inspired Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Doris Kearns Goodwin provides a truly engaging and fresh exploration of not only Abraham Lincoln’s life but also his acumen in bringing out the best in his cabinet of rival Republicans. Brilliantly conceived and expertly written, this is a thrilling biography of the most momentous presidency. . . . Page Count: 754

Team of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin

The acclaimed political biography that helped inspired Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Doris Kearns Goodwin provides a truly engaging and fresh exploration of not only Abraham Lincoln’s life but also his acumen in bringing out the best in his cabinet of rival Republicans. Brilliantly conceived and expertly written, this is a thrilling biography of the most momentous presidency. . . . Page Count: 754

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Barkskins
by Annie Proulx
BARKSKINS transports readers around the globe from America to Europe to New Zealand to portray deforestation over the course of three hundred years. Told from the perspective of two woodcutters and their descendants, the characters face incredible challenges, including the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. . . . Page Count: 713
Barkskins
Annie Proulx

BARKSKINS sweeps readers around the globe from America to Europe to New Zealand in an epic story about the decimation of the world’s forests. Told from the perspective of two wood-cutters and their descendants over the course of 300 years, the characters face incredible challenges, including the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation.

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The Passage
by Justin Cronin
A sweeping post-apocalyptic tale that harkened comparisons to the classics of Stephen King and Michael Crichton, THE PASSAGE is more than just a straightforward horror tale. Combining fantasy with science fiction, this is the frightening story of a devastating virus that produces bloodthirsty creatures and alters humanity forever. . . . Page Count: 785
The Passage
Justin Cronin

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Sacred Games
by Vikram Chandra

An ambitious, complex, episodic tale of a Sikh investigator determined to bring down one of the most dangerous gangsters in Mumbai, SACRED GAMES explores betrayal, friendship, corruption, and the multifaceted cultures of modern India. Filled with fascinating characters and beautifully written, this is a crime novel unlike any other. . . . Page Count: 916

Sacred Games
Vikram Chandra

An ambitious, complex, episodic tale of a Sikh investigator determined to bring down one of the most dangerous gangsters in Mumbai, SACRED GAMES explores betrayal, friendship, corruption, and the multifaceted cultures of modern India. Filled with fascinating characters and beautifully written, this is a crime novel unlike any other. . . . Page Count: 916

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Cryptonomicon
by Neal Stephenson

When a mathematical genius is enlisted to play a deadly cat-and-mouse game with the Nazis in 1942, he has no idea that someday his own grandson would become ensnared in a mystery of alleged Nazi secrets and treasure. A thrilling tour de force, CRYPTONOMICON is a stunning and eerily prophetic action adventure. . . . Page Count:1152

Cryptonomicon
Neal Stephenson

When a mathematical genius is enlisted to play a deadly cat-and-mouse game with the Nazis in 1942, he has no idea that someday his own grandson would become ensnared in a mystery of alleged Nazi secrets and treasure. A thrilling tour de force, CRYPTONOMICON is a stunning and eerily prophetic action adventure. . . . Page Count:1152

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Supreme City
by Donald L. Miller

A breathlessly elegant exploration of a time and place many only dream about, SUPREME CITY depicts how Manhattan was the site of unbelievable change and innovation during the 1920s. This thrilling tale of American triumph and ambition features such icons as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walter Chrysler, and Elizabeth Arden. . . . Page Count: 784

Supreme City
Donald L. Miller

A breathlessly elegant exploration of a time and place many only dream about, SUPREME CITY depicts how Manhattan was the site of unbelievable change and innovation during the 1920s. This thrilling tale of American triumph and ambition features such icons as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walter Chrysler, and Elizabeth Arden. . . . Page Count: 784

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Orient
by Christopher Bollen

When a series of strange deaths occur in a small Long Island town, a transplanted loner is enlisted to uncover the truth and determine if there is a dangerous killer on the loose. A richly drawn and gripping mystery, ORIENT will keep you guessing until the last page. . . . Page Count: 640

Orient
Christopher Bollen

When a series of strange deaths occur in a small Long Island town, a transplanted loner is enlisted to uncover the truth and determine if there is a dangerous killer on the loose. A richly drawn and gripping mystery, ORIENT will keep you guessing until the last page. . . . Page Count: 640

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Cloudsplitter
by Russell Banks

A gorgeously wrought and expertly researched novel, CLOUDSPLITTER is narrated by the last surviving son of John Brown as he struggles to navigate the tense atmosphere of pre–Civil War America. Heartbreaking and suspenseful, it also features appearances by such historical icons as Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson. . . . Page Count: 768

Cloudsplitter
Russell Banks

A gorgeously wrought and expertly researched novel, CLOUDSPLITTER is narrated by the last surviving son of John Brown as he struggles to navigate the tense atmosphere of pre–Civil War America. Heartbreaking and suspenseful, it also features appearances by such historical icons as Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson. . . . Page Count: 768

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The Terror
by Dan Simmons

A chilling and suspenseful thriller, THE TERROR follows a group of men on an expedition to find the Northwest Passage. But fear, desperation, and a growing dread that there is something dangerous stalking them in the snow haunts them throughout. . . . Page Count: 784

The Terror
Dan Simmons

A chilling and suspenseful thriller, THE TERROR follows a group of men on an expedition to find the Northwest Passage. But fear, desperation, and a growing dread that there is something dangerous stalking them in the snow haunts them throughout. . . . Page Count: 784

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