Worth Their Weight in Words

Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t weigh a book’s merit by its heft alone. But, there is something rewarding about picking up a 700+ page book that promises days (if not weeks!) of enjoyment. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Man Booker Prize-winning The Luminaries are two current titles toppling many “to-be-read” piles. Patrons wanting other lengthy reads to snuggle up with over a long winter break might enjoy the following.

  • 2666 by Roberto Bolano
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  • Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  • Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Shogun by James Clavell
  • Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • Underworld by Don DeLillo
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • The Quincunx by Charles Palliser
  • In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  • Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  • Vanity Fair by by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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