Sometimes you just need to get lost in a good thick novel. I especially love an epic story that crosses over different eras and continents, with well developed characters whose lives will somehow intersect. A little hint of magic or fantasy doesn’t hurt either. Here are three of my favorite novels to get lost in:
one: People of the Book is a stunning story. Its one of those books that you hope never ends, you want to savor every page and slow down as you near the end. Its magical (but not in an unrealistic way) and so entertaining. A snapshot via Amazon: “One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes to be illuminated with images, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, has turned the intriguing but sparely detailed history of this precious volume into an emotionally rich, thrilling fictionalization that retraces its turbulent journey.”
two: One thing that’s certain about The Goldfinch is that its LONG – nearly 800 pages. I’ve heard mixed reviews, some saying it was too hard to get into the story due to the detail and length. I understand how that could be true – if you tried to read it in little snippets it could be harder to enjoy. I read it on vacation so I was able to be very focused on the book and I got into it right away, finishing it in a few days. The characters are painted so beautifully and most are absolutely magnetic – whether you like them or not. Beginning with a tragic event in the life of the main character, Theo, the author Donna Tartt goes on to weave into one book what feel like multiple stories taking place simultaneously – a coming of age novel, an international mystery, an epic adventure.
three: I read The Historian a few years ago and I’m thinking of reading it again soon. Its such an engrossing, enchanting story that takes place in different European locations throughout the twentieth century. A little bit thriller, a little bit romance, a little bit historical fiction – if you like any of these genres, or all of them, I think you’ll enjoy this book.