6 Long Novels to Get Lost In



hi everybody welcome back to my channel let's rustle with ink and paper blog I hope you are all doing well today I am relaxing in my reading chair talking to you guys so in the day cannot be too bad I am coming with a video today so I did a couple videos ago the six short books to break a slump this video I'm calling six long books to get lost in how's that sound um I have decided that in August I'm going to try to read some of the bigger books that have kind of been sitting on my TBR that I want to get to but just because of their length I've been kind of putting them off and so I'm going to try to get to them in August I may not read as many books in August but at least I'll get some of these big books off my TBR and I really want to read a lot of them so one of them is actually at the end of this list most of these books I've read actually all of them but one I have read so here are six books that I think if you get started in you are just going to get lost in and you won't stop reading them until they're done the first book I'm going to tell you about is the interestings by meg wallet cirno this is actually the only Meg wallet sir I've ever read and I need to rectify that because in this book she really proved to me she can write a story this is the tale of four friends who go to summer camp together as teenagers and then they grow up together and it's kind of how their lives interchange now they're all artistic in nature and some of them are successful some of them are not some of them have to make different life changes some of them are able to become so successful that their art becomes sort of the symbol of who they are as people and it's an interesting sort of meditation on how do people who have the same dreams deal with the success of others that get their dreams you know made and then how do the people who have been successful treat those who did not get sort of what they wanted in life this novel is fantastically written it is I wouldn't say that it's really plot driven but it's really character driven it's really about these people and their dreams and their lives are and I just remember really caring about every single one of these four friends so I really enjoyed it and I think you would too it's a super easy book to read so you can get lost in it fairly simple and that is the interesting by Meg Wolcott sir the next book I'm going to tell you about is kind of older I don't actually went to this book come out I don't even remember I want to say it came out in the 80s that won the Pulitzer let me tell you what it is first that's all the king's men by Robert Penn Warren now Robert Penn Warren interestingly enough is one of the few people that has the distinction of winning the Pulitzer both in poetry so as originally published in 1946 he won the Pulitzer in poetry and then he won the Pulitzer in fiction which very rarely ever happened and this is the story of Willie Stark and it's based on a true life guy named on Huey kingfish long of Louisiana I'm sorry it's been a while since I've read it but this is a political drama if you like house of cards I would almost say this is like reading a whole entire season of house of cards Willie Stark goes into becoming a politician with all these bright eyes bushy-tailed going to be that one who changes the land and holds the law and basically just more and more corruption into her into his life he becomes I want to say the mayor of a town and sort of gets involved with the wrong people and does some really horrible things it was also a movie with Sean Penn this is the movie cover and I will tell you you will you will be on the edge of your seat it's it's kind of like one of those it's a thriller but there's no it's not like a murder mystery thriller it's really about corruption in the government how long can they get away with what they're doing and if you read a little bit about um Huey kingfish long he went a long time doing what he wanted to do so this book is really good I have it marked all over there are fantastic sentences it's beauty William Lee um and it just makes some timely assessments about the political system and you may see a little bit of the world we live in in this book and you may also see some of the society things that we are dealing with in this novel and some commentary on that that still is very relevant today so it's a long one I think it's 600 pages yeah six hundred and thirty-two or 40 pages something like that and but I am Telling You you will get involved and you'll want to know what's going to happen next and it is so very good and that's all the king's men by Robert Penn Warren you can get this up to your library or at a used bookstore I am a hundred percent sure and really dive into something to end your summer the next book I'm going to tell you about is probably in my top 10 favorite books that I have ever read and that's the adventures of Calvo caliber and clay by Michael Chabon now if you haven't read this book stuns me because it is so freaking brilliant this is a story of two men in New York who meet and start a comic book so there's kind of two tales going on here it's the story of their comic book and the publication all of the sort of the intrigue of that industry during this time period they create a character that goes on to be very famous it's also about them in their art and ownership of that art it's also about their lives um there are choices they make there are how do I say it each of them has their own things that they need to deal with as far as romance family decisions there is one twist that it really just happens from a family angle that I did not see coming and is brilliantly told it is fantastically written beautiful sentences great descriptions of New York I think it's set in 1930s yeah so end of the 1930s in the 1940s and then forward so this picture of New York is just there in your head you feel like you walk down the streets with these people you feel like you draw cartoons as they draw the cartoons you feel like their ups and downs are your ups and downs if you haven't read it I mean really you need to you need to actually need to read all these books oh I don't know what I'm saying I keep telling you that but um this book is probably in my top 10 favorites it also won the Pulitzer I want to say yeah I think it did and it is freaking fantastic you will not put it down even though it is long I promise you it's so good and that is the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and clay by Michael Chabon on this book is a shout out to my friend Michael kindness and a book that I wouldn't have read because unless it was because of him and that's any human heart by William Boyd now this book is actually not as long it's only like 480 pages but it's dense so it feels like it's longer because it really gets you involved and it's the story of Logan Mount Stewart I'm saying that wrong but you know um what I'll say for this is it's told in letters or Diaries Diaries so it's kind of you going through time and you'll skip big chunks and there will be holes and you kind of have an unreliable narrator because he's not telling you the whole story there's a lot of reflection there's a lot of memory so you know as people when we're trying to remember things we get things wrong and so it's just the story of a boy growing up into a man and who he becomes as a person and sort of the world as it changes him and he changes it does that make sense um it is kind of keep saying this all of these books are fantastically written none of them will disappoint you I think if you just want a book where you're you follow a man as he or a boy as he becomes a man and you really want to just know his life and you want it and get involved in the decisions he makes and why he makes them and who he is this is the book for you and it is it is so good and that's any human heart by William Boyd I know a lot of people will tell you to read this book so ask around and again this book has been out for a while it's in every library it is in every used bookstore I promise it's easy to get a hold of in you they should go read the next book I mentioned in my LGBT video that I talked about literature and I said this is an honorable mention and that's the art of fielding by Chad Harbach and the reason was kind of an honorable honorable mention is that the fact that it has an LGBT sub story has very little to do with the actual plot this is the story of Henry who gets a scholarship to play baseball at college and he has always been told he and he's very good so he's always been told that he's going to play baseball and sort of the story of what if your dream isn't the dream that has been placed on you it's also the story of his roommate and there's it's set at a university so there's all this university drama there the roommate gets involved in a very illicit affair that is not something he should get involved in but he goes wholeheartedly into it either I want to say there is also a character who is the I don't know the Dean I think that's the word I can I'm worried about I'm using the wrong word so don't quote me but who also has his own agenda who is fantastic on it this book is so good I don't recommend books about sports very often I'm not a sports guy I say that I'm not a sports and literature guy I'm a huge sports guy come on college basketball college football and a huge tennis fan but I don't usually like books about sports because I feel like it gets bogged down in the sport and that doesn't happen here this sport is a metaphor and really not the focus of the story but there are some great themes on the baseball diamond so it's really good and that's the artist building by chest Harbach and it is so so so very good in the last book I'm going to tell you about is the one that I haven't read and the one that I want to read and it kind of popped up again today for me and that is pachenko by min Jin Lee I don't I haven't told you guys yet but I have an utter utter crush on relaxing Gaye and she is one of my favorite authors I have seen her a number of times I have all of her books signed and I have read everything better short story collection and I just adore her and today on Twitter she said that she was reading pachinko by min Jin Lee and that she was loving it while then at the end of the day she stopped and she said I finished it she gave it five stars she said she read it in one sitting all day long which is all she did and I want this book is long this book is four hundred and eighty some odd pages long so to read that in a day that's quite a quite an investment and when Roxane gay gives the book five stars you should pay attention now if you remember I talked about this before but just in case it is the story of a girl in Korea who gets pregnant by a man who refuses to marry her so she's kind of given a deal by a Japanese sort of preacher who is syphilitic but the right word I say it's a politican and he offers to marry her and bring her to Japan and from that point forward you follow this family throughout the history in Japan and you learn how people are treated in Japan when they are not Japanese by birth there is a whole discussion about Korean Japanese there are a lot of multi-generational Korean Japanese that for years didn't have the same rights as Japanese citizens and pachinko is a game that is played in this beautiful beautiful covers kind of an example of it and it's run a lot by Korean Japanese and it sort of has a negative connotation to it but it's also one of the most lucrative or businesses in the entire country so it's kind of this Jeff position of all these Japanese who play the game are absorbed in the game but looked down on the Korean Japanese who are the ones running it it's fascinating for me to think about the idea of race in a foreign country where um the the people who live there were brought you know were brought in and sort of have this they've been there for generations but because of their background um don't have the same rights it's just so interesting I met minjin Lee she actually signed my book and I adore her and she was fascinating if you have a chance I know she's still going around for the book really see it um in it and so this is a book that I'm definitely going to read in August because I want to read it Roxane gay told me to read it and everyone I know says it's fantastic and that's pachinko by min Jin Lee and that is six six six big old chunk stirs to get lost in two so have you read any of these let's talk about them recommend them to other people if there are big chunk stir books that you think hey Russell they should be on your radar tell me below if you are return to my channel thank you so much I appreciate every time you view and if you are new to my channel thank you so much I hope you subscribe and I look forward to talk to you guys soon and have a great day happy reading we'll talk later

50 thoughts on “6 Long Novels to Get Lost In

  1. Russel- Pachinko is also on my list. Have you read The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia? Love to know what you think. I adored it. May be my top read this year so far. It’s a chunkster too!

  2. Loved Pachinko. I've recommended it to everyone I know who reads.

  3. Didn't Isak the pastor/preacher suffer from tuberculosis? I don't remember him as syphilitic.

  4. Pachinko is one of the best books I've ever read, and I've read a lot of books.

  5. I read Kavalier and Clay and I loved it. I want to read Pachinko and the Art of Fielding.

  6. They all sound great. The only one i have is Pachinko but i havent read it yet. I just started reading Roxanne Gays memoir and now i definitely want to read fiction by her which one should i read next??

  7. Hi there! I was a college student back in the 70's. I was familiar with All the Kings MeN but never got around to reading it. I'm going to pick up a copy of that one and Michael Chabon's book. My life has slowed down now that I'm older and I can take time to enjoy all 400 + pages 😊. Happy reading!

  8. You should read 2666 by Roberto Bolaño. It’s challenging, difficult, expansive but it’s worth it.

  9. I read pachinko when it just came out , I highly recommend it
    Ink and paper is the best book blog I have come across so far and I’m a bilingual reader…
    Thank for all the recommended books

  10. Loved your list. Please DO read Pachinko…..it is one of my favorites & read about 15 to 20 books monthly. I think you will find as you read it, however, that some parts of your review were not exactly accurate as far as the story line. The young girl who is pregnant …. her boyfriend does not refuse to marry her…it is more that he cannot, for reasons you quickly find out at start of the book. Also, the "syphillitic" ? comment I do not recall happening to any character I can recall, (pardon me if my memory is wrong on this) although major illness does enter the story. Please read this wonderful book; it is well worth the time. I am thinking you have finished it by now. Again, thanks for your great recommendations!

  11. I just read Pachinko thanks to your recommendation. Absolutely loved it and learned a lot I didn't know about Japanese and Korean history. Thanks!

  12. Well, I have just finished reading Pachinko. It is a brilliant read which made me feel nostalgic and made me break into tears also.

  13. Any Human Heart is brilliant, and I would recommend it to anyone, but ultimately, there is only one author besides Shakespeare….Proust. Shakespeare is off in the quintessence all by himself, but for the rest, there can only be Proust. Read Shakespeare and read Proust, and you have read all there is to read ever. Just my two cents for whatever it is worth.

  14. I follow your channel everyday, but you never talk about Spanish fiction. I recommend you, Patria by Fernando Aramburu. It has been translated to the English language. I would like to know your opinion. Thank you very much.

  15. I haven't read any of these novels but that's why I like watching your videos because you always recommend books I've never even heard of before. Another great big book is The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber! Is reads like a great classic!

  16. Love Kavalier and Clay. Know I'm in the minority but found nothing to like in Art of Fielding and DNF 1/4 thru. Pachinko sounds interesting.

  17. YESS!! The Art of Fielding! I am so happy to hear anyone talk about that book – it is one of my favourites of recent years 🙂

  18. Oh how I loved Any Human Heart! And the series based on it is awesome too, check it out if you haven't already!

  19. I hope you don't mind comments on older videos. I so enjoyed your spiel on The Interestings! I loved it so much too, and feel it' alive and fresh in my consciousness after listening to you. I still haven't read anything else by Wolitzer but I need to.

    King's Men was one I studied in grad school, so I don't remember enjoying it in the way that I do when I read for pleasure. I should reread it!

    If you've already read Pachinko since this video was made or whenever you get around to it, I hope you love it. I sure did!

  20. I have read Min Jin Lee's book – Free Food For Millionaires. That book was close to 600 pages I think and I was able to read it in one day. Min Jin books are very fast paced, action packed and dialogue driven and extremely straight forward so although long, they don't require the readers to slow down.

  21. I love Roxane Gay as well! This was an awesome video! I will definitely be checking out some out these books especially Pachinko.

  22. Love Any Human Heart! The New Confessions is another good (and long) book by Boyd, in a similar style, charting the whole life of the main character.

  23. Just discovered your channel; thank you for such great content and recommendations! (Super cool to see the Europa Editions to the right on your shelf…I love that publisher and how it supports great translation!)

  24. Love this vid – I just downloaded The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer from audible – been meaning to read it for ages and you have made me move it up the (long, long) list! 🙂

  25. OH, RUSSELL, you HAVE to read Pachinko. It's THE book that I've touted most in the last year. You ought to go with me to either the Hachette Book Brunch or to BEA. We would have so much fun. I got that book at Hachette last year, so my copy is signed.

  26. Russell, prior to Sean Penn there was Broderick Crawford. I love your broadcasts. Keep up the good work.

  27. Kavalier and Clay is one of my favourites if not my favourite book, it broke my heart, made me laugh, and I think of it so regularly since I've read it. My copy is destroyed, covered in coffee spills and rain (I couldn't stop reading!) and I love the version you have, going to see if I can track it down here in South Africa.

  28. I love long books. Added 'The Interestings' and 'Any Human Heart' to my TBR. Thanks for the recommends.

  29. I loved All the Kings Men! Thanks for reminding me about it. I read it a really long time ago. I would like to do a reread.

  30. Just finished Any Human Heart. Took me a long time, but I really loved it!

  31. I reviewed Pachinko for NetGalley. Hope you enjoy it xx

  32. Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay has been on my TBR for a while.
    I will definitely need to get to it soon rather than later !

  33. My two recent long novels that I got lost in are The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton's Booker prize winning novel, and Confessions, by Jaume Cabre. Both are REALLY big, but incredibly immersive.

  34. I, too, LOVE The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay❣️Your list really piques my interest….I'm not sure if I should thank you or groan…

  35. Hi, I'm a new subscriber.  I was thinking about buying Pachinko and now you've convinced me to do it. 🙂

  36. I'm always hesitant to read big books, because of the time commitment. Which is dumb, it's not like I haven't followed numerous series. One of my favorites of all time though us Donna Tartt's The Secret History, and I believe that is just shy if 600 pages. Also, John Steinbeck's East of Eden (I love Steinbeck. Almost anything by him is a win.) I own The Interestings, I keep meaning to read it. The premise sounds so good.

  37. I just bought The Interestings a few weeks ago so good to see it on your list. I am still planning my August reads so I'll add it to my pile based on your recommendation.

  38. I am such a huge college sports fan so it is great to hear that you are a fellow sports fan in the bookish world! Also, I own Pachinko but have yet to read it because I am also guilty at times of putting off longer books. I live in Japan, so the book's topic and themes really appeal to me and I must get around to it soon and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it and met the author. Thanks for the great video and recommendations as always!

  39. I haven't read any of these, my life is too full of other stuff to have the time to devote to big books. I'm too slow a reader and it just spoils the experience so I'm saving the ones I really want to read for my retirement (sadly quite some time away still, but the books will wait…)

  40. All the King's Men has been on my TBR maybe the longest than any other book. Your mention is a sign maybe I should get to it.

  41. I've been meaning to read All the Kings Men for so long (decades!) & for some reason I never did. But you looked at me so persuasively (well, not me personally but you know what I mean) that I will run to the used bookstore tomorrow! (Because you liked the timely/politcal aspect of the story: have you read any Sinclair Lewis (Babbit / Elmer Gantry)? If not, I think you might enjoy him). And I am so happy you want to try more Weg Wolitzer, I think she is fantastic. Do you know which book of her you might pick up next?

  42. So glad to hear you mention Any Human Heart, Russell! I adored that book. I have had The Interestings on my shelf for ages – must get round to it very soon! Great video as always.

  43. I absolutely do not understand why Pachinko has not been all over the bestseller lists. It's easily the best book I've read in 2017 and I've been reading a lot of front list this year.

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