So, we’ve all suddenly got quite a bit of free time at the moment, haven’t we? I wonder why! Anyway, let’s say that for hypothetical reasons you are forced to stay inside and entertain yourself for a sustained period of time, then what could you do to entertain yourself?
Sure, watch the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings films, learn a new language, bake shortbread, take up a new or renew an old hobby are all great options. But you know what, you could use this time to read those intimidatingly long books or book series that have been staring at you from your bookshelf or from your e-book pile (audiobooks are totally okay too, I just don’t listen to them much).
So to help you out, here is a list of longer series that I have read at least some of the books. I know there are some great, big, chunky books and series out there that are fantastic, but I don’t want to recommend anything that I haven’t personally read at least some of the series.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
With either five or seven books, depending on if you’re reading the US or UK version, and each being pretty chunky, this series will definitely keep you going for a while. Sure, it isn’t finished yet and the final season of the TV show left a bit of a sour taste, but I trust Martin to find a good resolution. Plus, Martin has some great characters in this series!
The Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden
This five book series about the rise of Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire is fast-paced, great historical fiction. Sure, Iggulden takes a few liberties with his stories, but they aren’t history books, they are works of fiction based around real-world events. He also has long series on The Wars of the Roses and the life of Julius Caesar. So, you have choices!
The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski
With eight books in the series, this one will take up a fair chunk of time to read. Plus, you’ll get a heads up on the Netflix series (and you know how smug some of us Game of Thrones readers where about already knowing about the Red Wedding) and understand the backstory for one of the best-selling games of all time. Not interested in any of that? Well they’re pretty widely recognised as great fantasy that takes place in a very Slavic, fairy-tale world.
The Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Not as long a series as some of the other choices, but each book is fairly chunky in its own right. And the setting is quite unique, not many stone age/pre-columbus-americas inspired fantasies going around. Oh, and those covers!
The First Law books by Joe Abercrombie
Okay, this is a bit of a stretch as this isn’t technically one series, but one trilogy, several standalones and the start of a new series. However, the books and stories all sort of interlock so I am counting it. Plus, Joe Abercrombie really is the master of grittier, ‘grimdark’ fantasy and anti-heroes. You shouldn’t want to cheer for the protagonists, none of them are necessarily good people, but you love them anyway!
The Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson
I know people will be shouting at me, ‘The Stormlight Archives are sanderson’s chunkiest books!” But, I haven’t read any of them and so can’t go recommending them. However, I have read the first Mistborn trilogy and it is good. I was blown away by how carefully Sanderson had knitted everything together when I got to the end of The Hero of Ages!
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So that is my list. Of course, as I said earlier, there are loads of other big books and series that I haven’t mentioned here. Let me know which ones you think I might have missed?
Stay safe everyone!