The 7 Longest Novels and Book Series: A Guide to Immersive Reading

Are you a fan of immersive, long novels or book series? Do you enjoy getting lost in the world created by an author, delving into the intricacies of their characters and settings? If so, you'll love this list of 20 of the longest novels and series ever written. These books not only boast impressive word counts but also offer captivating and engaging stories that have enthralled readers for generations.

  1. "The Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson: Approximately 4.4 million words (in 15 volumes)

The Wheel of Time is a high fantasy series that follows a group of friends on an epic journey to save their world from the Dark One. As the series progresses, the characters face various trials and tribulations, making it a thrilling read for fans of fantasy and adventure.

  1. "The Mahabharata" - Ancient Indian epic: Approximately 1.8 million words

This ancient Indian epic is one of the longest poems ever written. The Mahabharata tells the story of the Kurukshetra War, a struggle for power and control between two groups of cousins. It is an essential text in Hindu tradition, exploring themes of dharma, duty, and the human experience.

  1. "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin: Over 1.7 million words (in 7 volumes, with more planned)

This epic fantasy series, also known as the inspiration for the hit TV show Game of Thrones, is set in the mythical land of Westeros. It follows the intricate political machinations and brutal wars that erupt as various noble houses vie for control of the Iron Throne.

  1. "In Search of Lost Time" (À la recherche du temps perdu) by Marcel Proust: Approximately 1.2 million words

A modernist masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time is a semi-autobiographical novel that explores themes of memory, love, and the passage of time. Proust's intricate, detailed writing style brings the world of the protagonist to life, making it a classic of world literature.

  1. "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling: Approximately 1.1 million words (in 7 volumes)

This beloved series follows the magical journey of young Harry Potter as he discovers his true heritage, attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and battles the dark forces threatening the wizarding world. Filled with magic, friendship, and adventure, the Harry Potter series has captured the hearts of readers of all ages.

  1. "A Dance to the Music of Time" by Anthony Powell: Approximately 1 million words (in 12 volumes)

This twelve-volume series is a literary tour-de-force that spans several decades in the life of its protagonist, Nicholas Jenkins. A Dance to the Music of Time is a vivid and engaging portrait of English society from the 1920s through the 1960s, exploring themes of ambition, love, and the passage of time.

  1. "Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady" by Samuel Richardson: Approximately 984,000 words

Considered one of the longest novels in the English language, Clarissa is an epistolary novel that tells the tragic story of a young woman's struggle for independence and her ultimate downfall. The book explores themes of virtue, morality, and societal expectations of women in the 18th century.