It’s a freebie topic this week, and I’ve decided to focus on chunksters. I’ve read quite a few chunksters in my life, and some of them are right up in my favorite books. In no particular order, here are some of the best of them:
2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – This was one of the most intimidating books I’ve ever gone into, but MAN it was good. Especially on audio. I didn’t even mind all the weird tangents on nunneries and the Paris sewer system.
3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – So, so, so much better than Twilight. Really.
4. pretty much all of Brandon Sanderson’s adult chunksters, including the Mistborn Trilogy, Elantris, the Stormlight Archive, and Warbreaker – What can I say? The man is simply a genius novelist.
5. Insomnia by Stephen King – I’m not a huge fan of King, but this one is a book I’ve read many, many times over the last 15 years.
6. East of Eden by John Steinbeck – I liked Grapes of Wrath better, but that one isn’t long enough to be considered a chunkster, and this one was still very good. Cathy still creeps me out.
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – My favorite Hemingway is The Old Man and the Sea, but that one’s tiny. This one is much longer, and not quite as good, but still very powerful.
9. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart – I read this one ages ago, back in early high school, and still adore it.
10. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke – Brilliant book, brilliant audiobook, probably going to be a brilliant TV show whenever that comes out.
What are your favorite chunksters? Have you read any of mine?
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