3. Don Quijote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Thought to be the first novel in the Western world (with a whopping 1,168 pages), the adventures of Don Quixote and his bestie, Sancho Panza, are sometimes surprisingly modern and almost Tom and Jerry-esque. This is one of the most iconic and classic books to read, period.

4. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
This book—arguably the longest volume published in English at 1,349 pages—covers the story of four families over the course of 18 months. And you might want to start reading it now, because the follow-up novel, A Suitable Girl, is schedule for release in 2016, which is a 20-year break between novels for the author.