What are the best must-read long novels?

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    #1Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 
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    Frank Bishop
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "this is a must-read long novel, Les Misérables. it is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. "
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    #2The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien which is the sequel to the 1937 novel The Hobbit. This follows the course of the War of the Ring after the Dark Lord Sauron created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power. 

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    Julie Harper
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is an absolute must classic an adventure for every age and type of person. If your heart doesn't jump out of your chest. If you don't cry at least once, you must go back and reread it. I read it several times. Yes, the first time the language was a bit of a stumper for me. But, I was so intrigued I had to give it another go and I finally got swimmingly along and devoured the whole tale. I know one young man that read it while in jail and credits it with helping him keep his spirits up. I have read that a young person in a coma had their friends reading it to him day and night. Everyone has a story about this story. Read it and get your own. "
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    #3Middlemarch

    Middlemarch

    Set in the fictitious town of Middlemarch, this book written by George Eliot is a study of provincial life, where many important life aspects are involved, like the status of women, religion or marriage. Despite being set in a fake town, there are several historic events involved with the plot, like the 1832 Reforming Act or the death of King George IV. 

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    Judith Douglas
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book was too long and the story was too slow. I was almost unable to finish it."
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    #4Bleak House

    Bleak House
    This book by Charles Dickens was published as a serial between 1852 and 1853. It narrates, via Esther Summerson and an omniscient narrator, the lives of many characters, who are inspired in real-life people, something characteristic of Dickens' style, and that are used to satirize the English judicial system. 
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    Ajay Patil
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a good book that fits exactly what I was looking for, it seems to be really well written. I really look forward to spending a lot of time reading through this book."
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    #5The Odyssey

    The Odyssey

    After enduring the Trojan War, Odysseus begins the treacherous journey home to Ithaca. Homer's The Odyssey was composed around 700 BC and is one of the earliest epics in existence, remaining as one of the most influential works of literature today.

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    Randy Guerrero
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "An outstanding retelling of the tale of Odysseus. Perfect for people who have a strong knowledge of the legends and gods and also those who don't know anything about them! This book will take you there and make you a central part of the action."
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    #6War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.
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    Carl Arnold
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "fits topic perfect"
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    #7The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)

    The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)
    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is the first book in the Kingsbridge series. This fast-paced action book is set up during the twelfth century in a cathedral in England, and the story about love, revenge, and betrayal are told.
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    Christina Wong
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It took me a few months to get through it since it is so long but it was well worth it to take the time to read it. It has suspense, drama and romance which is everything I'm looking for in a long novel. It truly is a must-read."
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    #8The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 
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    Bryan Alvarado
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Is there a book more prolific than this one? If so, I haven't heard of it. I think every single person on Earth should read this at least once, this is a great addition to this list."
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    #9The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World by Neal Stephenson is a historical fiction novel originally published in 2004. This is the third book in Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle series. It is preceded by The Confusion.

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    Robert Walters
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I always want to read a longer novel. I think its important to read it and as well, it comes across as something that can be interesting to more than one person. The System of the World did all of that. This was just what the doctor ordered as far as novels go."
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    #10The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legends as told from the perspective of Morgraine, and features mainly the other women in the stories: Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and Igraine.

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    Amanda Carter
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Even though I know the story about King Arthur, I found this book made me think about it from a more philosophical perspective. It was interesting to think about this well known tale from the perspective of the women in King Arthur's life. I found this an interestingly different perspective and very enjoyable."
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    #11The Historian

    The Historian
    This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. 




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    #12Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.

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    Alan Matthews
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting. this is a very good book"
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    #13The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel. It tells the story of four brothers―Dmtiri, Ivan, Alyosha, and Smerdyakov. Dostoyevsky writes about 19th-century Russian life and talks about religion, ethics, and morality.

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    Rosa María Herrera
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book is definitely a long, suspenseful novel. It is a murder mystery and involves some courtroom drama. There are multiple voices throughout this novel waiting for you to read it"
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    #14Shogun (Asian Saga)

    Shogun (Asian Saga)
    Set in 1600, the first book of the Asian Saga features three main characters: John Blackthorne, a British adventurer who arrives at Japan; Toranaga, a feudal lord with dreams of becoming the Shogun and Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert who falls in love with John, an explosive combination of characters and personalities that ensures lots of adventures. 
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    Donna Cooper
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Shogun is the first entry in the Asian Saga series. It's an expansive story set in the 1600s, making it an excellent choice for those interested in long novels."
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    #15Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle)

    Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle)

    Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson is a speculative science fiction novel originally published in 2003. This is the first book in Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle series. It is followed by The Confusion. Quicksilver won the Arthur C Clarke award.

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    Alejandro Delgado
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I was looking for a must-read novel that was exceptionally long. I fly through my books, and I wanted to get something that'd take me a while to read, while also holding my interest. This book "Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle) has done exactly that. It's going to take me months to finish this book, but that's okay because I'm thoroughly enjoying the book! Definitely solved my problem of finding a great long novel to read."
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    #16Nine Feet Under

    Nine Feet Under
    Nine Feet Under is a mystery-thriller fiction written by Morgan C. Talbot. Originally published in 2013 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC, it is the third book in the Caching Out series.
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    Ralph Campbell
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "wonderful mystery with great character development "
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    #17Fatal Dose

    Fatal Dose

    Fatal Dose is a mystery-thriller fiction written by Russell Atkinson. Originally published in 2013, it is the third book in the Cliff Knowles series.

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    Kevin Hansen
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Fatal Dose is only 286 pages. For that reason, I am giving it a low score on this topic since it is looking for long novels. Otherwise, it was a good story."

Summary

Best What are the best must-read long novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Les MisérablesBooks 52 Paid
2The Lord of the RingsBooks 49 Paid
3MiddlemarchBooks 45 Paid
4Bleak HouseBooks 44 Paid
5The OdysseyBooks 40 Paid
6War and PeaceBooks 39 Paid
7The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)Books 37 Paid
8The Count of Monte CristoBooks 35 Free
9The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)Books 33 Paid
10The Mists of AvalonBooks 27 Paid
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