Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly social blog hop between book bloggers. There are two regular hosts: and Alison of Alison Can Read, and two special guest hosts every week. If you want to join in, click on either of their blogs to get the details. The FF question of the day is:
Q: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?
My favorite 600+ read is JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL, by Susanna Clarke. It was published in 2004, and I've been waiting ever since for Clarke to write another novel. The length of this novel is key to its success. It's so complicated and rich that the story simply couldn't be told in less than the 800 pages it clocks in at.
I gravitate towards longer books, because if I like the book, greater length means I get to stay in the book's world longer. But it's pretty rare that I come across a book that's 600+ pages. The only book other than JONATHAN STRANGE that comes to mind is Diane Gabaldon's OUTLANDER (no doubt the rest of the books in the series are equally long, but I only read one or two after OUTLANDER).
At least, that's what I thought until I did a bit of digging. A number of my favorite novels, like MIDDLEMARCH (900 pages) and ANNA KARENINA (872), are well over 600 pages long. The things you learn on Feature & Follow Friday!