There comes a day when you just want something thick. There is a simple satisfaction one feels when finishing a chunkster. It’s the fact that you trudged through, fought the good fight and won, and finished a book with 500+ pages. What can I say? I like big books and I cannot lie. So here are 8 Chunksters, 8 deliciously thick books you can sink your teeth into.
8 Modern-Ish Chunksters (Or Examples Of Why I Like Big Books):
The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Set in the fictional world of King Arthur, Bradley conjures an ancient and troubled time as told through the eyes of the women. Often portrayed as fickle or sometimes, not even present at all, Zimmer Bradley refuses to let her female characters fall down or disappear and take what control of what is rightfully theirs: their lives.
5 Page Turns: The very first Chunkster I ever read in my life, I completed this book in 3 to 4 days as a 14-year-old. The protagonist, Morgan Le Fey is well thought out. This book is easily one of my first introductions to women-power and understanding the need to understand history through different eyes.
The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett
Set in the 12th century in the heyday of British political instability, Follett creates a story where a young monk dares to do the unthinkable: create the world’s largest cathedral.
4 Page Turns: Follett has an amazing way with words. This novel is a great book filled with solid facts and enough mystery and intrigue to keep the readers going. It is a bit dull at times and the descriptions are a bit excessive but it all aids in the story’s telling.
A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Martin weaves a fantastic story where The throne is made of iron and winter is perpetually coming. It’s fantasy, thriller, mystery and action and epicness rolled into one neat book.
5 Page Turns: A Game Of Thrones is one of the best in the series. It is a neat introduction into a myriad of amazing and at times, detestable characters with a solid plot and flow.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
This genre crossing novel focuses on the tale of Dracula with a modern-day twist. It is the story of a young woman, who is thrust into a dangerous world of lies, history and where myth is reality.
5 Page Turns: This was my second chunkster ever read and I completed this in 2 amazing and agonizing days. I couldn’t let go of it. Great plot, pace + characters!
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
We’ve all heard of this story. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a mystery-thriller where our protagonist, Lisbeth Salander is thrown into a dangerous world of corporate espionage whilst fighting demons of her own.
4 Page Turns: Amazing story, though Lisbeth Salander is a bit of an anti-hero, she’s a strong female who is unwilling to let others control her life. My only quip with the story is simple: all the corporate stuff made my head spin.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
It’s 1945 and Claire Randell is a nurse during World War II. She’s looking forward to going home and having her second honeymoon with her husband. Somehow, Randell manages to walk through a Stepping Stone and finds herself stuck in wartorn Scottland her…1745.
4 Page Turns: What an amazing story! Despite my having read the description before, I was immediately sucked into Randell’s plight and refused to put the book down until I had finished. Epic.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
We meet the Price family, missionaries in what is then the Belgian Congo, 1959. What follows is a harrowing tale of sorrow, the terrors and destruction of war and the destruction it can do to individuals and families.
3 Page Turns: I’m a huge African Studies geek. Half of my courses in college focused on African folktales, novels and ethnographies. It was this inherent bias that colored my experience of what is truly, a great book. I just couldn’t love it as much as I wanted to.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman’s prolific writing details the story of Shadow and the amazing characters that he meets in his days leading up to and after his release from prison.
4 Page Turns: Gaiman’s writing style makes any of his books hard to put down, seriously.
What is your favourite chunkster? Do you have one? Do you prefer shorter books? I prefer the depth longer ones can bring– but at the risk of my short attention span going haywire.