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Lucy Recommends… [4] – Big Books



Lucy Recommends is a feature where I use all of my persuasive techniques to make you buy the best books around, whether it be by genre, author or series.

This time I’m going to talk about BIG BOOKS. I’m not exactly one to read lots and lots of big books, but there are a few I’ve really enjoyed. I consider a big book to be over 400 pages…


Diving straight into the deep end, it’s no surprise that I’m featuring A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin on a list of ‘big books.’ It took me over a month to read but because of its size it meant that it was very easy to absorb everything about the world of Westeros. You can read my full review here.


Undone by Cat Clarke is incredible. Telling the story of a girl out to get revenge for the death of her best friend, it’s enthralling and unputdownable. It was the first of Cat’s books I read, and has me craving to read more. Even more than a year after reading, it’s still fresh in my mind.


Winger is one of my favourite books of the year so far. When I first looked at it, I was intimidated by its size but it hooked me right away and the inclusion of comic strip-style graphics means that the time reading goes very quickly. Winger is centered around a boy called Ryan Dean who goes to an exclusive boarding school in the US. It’s about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager, told in a realistic manner. Very highly recommended!


Soulmates is a breath-taking romance novel, taking the term ‘soulmates’ to an extreme. What happens if you finally find that person you’re meant to be with forever, but it has horrifying effects? This is what happens when Poppy meets Noah. Once a cynic, meeting Noah changes more than just her belief in love… I loved Soulmates when I read it and it’s a book I could re-read over and over again. I know so many people who have loved it, and Holly definitely isn’t without her fans! A phenomenal debut novel.

Do you like reading ‘big’ books? Which ones are your favourites?

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    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books
    18 November, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I didn’t even realize that Winger was over 400 pages!! It’s so damn good, it felt like 200! I can’t wait for the next one… MORE Ryan Dean West 🙂
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    Rachel (Booktastic Reviews)
    18 November, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I can also find big books intimidating and, because of this, put them off and never get around to reading them. One of my favourites (off the top of my head) is Deathly Hallows… of course. 😉 Hmmm… what else? The Immortal Rules (that was pretty chunky if I remember correctly)!

    That’s so strange, I just came off of Holly’s blog (the blogger, not the author ;p) and she didn’t enjoy Soulmates. But you loved it. Hmm, things like this interest me! :p

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    18 November, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Undone is such a good book! I love Cat Clarke!!!!
    Ironically, I’ve just posted a really negative review of Soulmates on Lost in a Library… *hides*
    Love this post!
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    Jess Hearts Books
    18 November, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I used to be really put off by big books because of how long they take to read and how many other books I have on my TBR but lately I’ve found myself enjoying them more because it means more time in a great world with characters I love! Totally second the Soulmates and Undone rec 🙂
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    18 November, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Well thanks for adding even more books to my ever growing TBR! I keep thinking about reading GOT but it looks like such a huuge series commitment, I will have to give it a try one day! Also ‘Undone’ looks amaazing D:

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    18 November, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I didn’t know Soulmates & Undone were so long! Winger is on my wishlist and I’ll get to A Game of Thrones one day!
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    19 November, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Just a thougt. There’s a huge difference in a 400 page adult book (Outlander) and a 400 page YA book (Winger.) The YA books generally have bigger print, bigger margins, shorter chapters. More white space. And they are usually less complex (not always) but in general I find them much faster to read.

    Page numbers shouldn’t matter. If the book is compelling, they fly by! But…

    Unfortunately, the only reason I’m intimidated by the size of a book is because of a review schedule. I’m always daunted by a long book, if I’ve got 3 more in the pile that need to be read ASAP!! I try to resist this feeling, but sometimes I can’t help it.
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    Ebony @ Daring Damsels
    23 November, 2014 at 7:56 am

    While I do enjoy reading big books, I feel as though I don’t read as many as I used to. I definitely have Game of Thrones on my TBR, but it is very intimidating. I loved Winger and Entangled by Cat Clarke, so I’m very curious about checking out Undone. I also bought The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne not too long ago, and have heard great things about Soulmates, so I definitely think that’s one that I’ll need to read sooner rather than later. Thanks for the recommendations, Lucy. 🙂
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    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    26 November, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I LOVE big books, they’re so prettyful *pats*. They can be quite daunting to read sometimes and I often think “Gosh, how am I possibly going to get through this?!” but, if I enjoy it, it’s always a rewarding experience and I always feel so accomplished afterwards. Huzzah!
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