I know I am not the only one out there who feels overwhelmed by all the books I want to read. I often pass over longer books just because I know I could cross off two or three shorter books in the same time. This year I decided to stop all that madness and declare it,"The Year of the Long Book." I started with the intricately plot-nested, historical fiction, sci-fi, apocalyptic, environmental thriller Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. The six different plot lines in this book are all written in a different style and I would even say genre, so it is hard to have just one opinion about it. Some parts I really liked and couldn't stop reading and other sections dragged a little. One of the fascinating things about the book is that at some point each story reveals how it is connected to the one before. Often it is just one sentence or one reference that brings them together, but it completely changes the way you see the previous story. That makes it all worth it.
Take time out from your book gobbling frenzy and read a long book. Check out Cloud Atlas.
Other long books I will read this year:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch
Pillar of Fire by Taylor Branch
Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
Any other suggestions?