We know you’re busy, Savvy Readers. You’ve got places to be, people to see, and books upon books to read! Long books are quite a commitment, but there are some great ones that are definitely worth your time. We’ve found our favourite 500+ page books that are totally worth reading! We’ll keep our introduction short to give you more time to dive in!
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (528 pages)
From one of our favourite mystery writers Karin Slaughter comes The Good Daughter, a compelling story that’s a blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense. After a horrible attack that killed their mother 28 years ago, sisters Charlotte and Samantha Quinn are suddenly brought together again after a horrific school shooting in their hometown. Charlie, a lawyer at her father’s local practice, is the first witness on the scene. She’ll stop at nothing to find justice, and with the help of her sister Samantha, the two women will learn the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed their family so many years ago.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (528 pages)
This enchanting historical fiction novel had us enthralled from cover to cover and cannot recommend it enough!! Moving back and forth in time, The Alice Network tells the story of a female spy recruited to the real life Alice Network in France during World War I and an American socialite in 1947 searching for a cousin lost in the war.
The Last Hours by Minette Walters (560 pages) On Sale 04/17/2018
In The Last Hours, the Black Death has come to England, and Lady Anne of Develish has taken control of her deceased husband’s people and land. With the help of a slave-turned-steward, Lady Anne quarantines Develish by bringing the serfs inside the moat and sharing the remaining food. But this act of compassion comes with a price, and conflict arises with the sudden change in social order. With beautiful writing, vivid characters, and a compelling story, this is perfect for your spring TBR pile!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (576 pages)
This fascinating novel about a seemingly normal man swept up into magical rumblings you can’t even imagine will have you racing through all 576 pages to find out what happens! Shadow is released from prison only to find out his wife and best friend were killed in a car crash days before. After meeting a mysterious man named Mr. Green, Shadow is thrust into a strange journey filled with a cast of strange mythical characters. Neil Gaiman is such a master of storytelling, and I’d read thousands of pages of his writing.
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (544 pages)
City of Brass is a brilliantly imagined historical fantasy set in eighteenth century Cairo. After a young con artist discovers she’s the last descendant of a powerful family of djinn healers, she must claim her magical birthright to prevent a war that threatens to destroy the entire kingdom. Chakraborty sets up the world so flawlessly and this book is a delight to read!
Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (592 pages)
A sweeping saga from bestselling author Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes tells the story of 11-year-old Aminata Diallo after she is abducted from her village in Africa and enslaved in South Carolina. Inspired by historical events, this hefty novel tackles race, love, loss and survival and it’s truly an engrossing read.
Area X by Jeff VanderMeer (608 pages)
We’ve already discussed how much we love Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. It’s the first book in the South Reach trilogy, and it is SO GOOD. But so are Authority and Acceptance, so why not just read the whole trilogy in one go? The series takes place in Area X, a biodiverse area cut off from human civilization. Countless expeditions of scientists have gone in and never returned, and the mystery of Area X must be discovered. Give this eerie sci-fi series a try – you’ll be hooked!
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Gallard (768 pages)
From bestselling authors Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex thriller set in the near future. Without giving anything away, this unique novel combines history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure. It’s highly entertaining and has something for everyone.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (784 pages)
Did you read these beloved books as a kid (or as an adult??) Dive into the wonderful world of Narnia with C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. With magical realms, battles between good and evil, talking creatures, and more, these seven stories are well worth the time (Repeat readings encouraged!)
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (496 pages)
Okay, so it falls just under the 500-page mark, but this book belongs with the other mighty tomes on this list! Magpie Murders is a brilliant reimagining of the classic whodunit – think Agatha Christie with a modern twist. The story follows an editor who believes the latest manuscript from a bestselling author is more than just a story about murder… And her life is put at risk as she gets closer to solving the mysteries surrounding the manuscript.
What do you think Savvy Readers? Do you prefer quick reads or do you love investing in a looooong book? Did we miss any of your favourite books over 500 pages? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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