Long Books to Read Over Long Weekends:
The Solution to “What will I do with all my free time?”
When the temperature warms up and summer approaches, we have lots of long weekends and holidays to look forward to. And with all of that extra time off comes extra time for reading. So why not make the most of those long weekends and holidays to read some extra-long books, or get through a series? If you’re looking for recommendations for long books to read over long weekends, you’ve come to the right place!
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
The Bronze Horseman is a historical fiction novel I have been dying to get my hands on! Even though I’ve had a somewhat rocky relationship with historical fiction in the past, I’m still very intrigued! And I would love to give this book a chance. I have heard great things about this book, and the description is positively enticing.
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
I feel like The Book Thief is one of those books that everyone has read, and yet I haven’t! I was always intimidated by it in school, and as an adult I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. But once again, this is a historical fiction novel that sounds fascinating and incredibly intriguing.
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let’s be honest, everyone is at least a little bit interested in reading George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones to see what all the fuss is about (if you aren’t already watching the show!). But how many people have actually taken the time to power through these powerhouse books? I’ll be honest – I listened to this one on audiobook! But it’s about 30 hours long, so unless you’re really dedicated, I suggest reading it. If you’re a seasoned reader, it shouldn’t take 30 hours to get through this book.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Pages: 1216 total
Speaking of epic fantasy stories we all know we should read, The Lord of the Rings is one that would be great over a long weekend or holiday. I’ll admit it – these aren’t the easiest books to get through. However, I would venture to say that they may be a little bit more digestible than A Game of Thrones. Just my opinion though.
Looking for some good spoiler-free opinions on the LotR? Check out my reviews here.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built.
Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring — created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier — is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron’s lair.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well…
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
It sorta feels like Stephanie Meyer fell off the face of the planet after writing the Twilight series. However, she did release The Host not too long after, and it’s a sci-fi/dystopian book if I’m not mistaken. While I haven’t actually read it, I’ve always meant to. Plus, I hear great things about it! Why not give it a chance?
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
The Selection series by Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 995 total
If you’re a fan of The Bachelor or any such show, I have a feeling you’re really going to enjoy The Selection by Kiera Cass. I read all three books within 24 hours over a weekend. They were so addictive!
Looking for some good spoiler-free opinions on The Selection? Check out my review here.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Let’s talk about it
What kinds of books do you like to read over long weekends and holidays? Are you a fan of stand-alone books, or series? Do you enjoy reading longer books, or are you happy blasting through a couple shorter ones? I would love to know your experiences and preferences! Leave your thoughts in the comments below.