#SWEETREADS: The Longest Book You’ll Never Read

#SweetReads: A new column provided by the Sweetwater County Library System, featuring reading recommendations by employees of our local libraries. Assistant Director Lindsey Travis provides you with this week's column.
#SWEETREADS: The Longest Book You’ll Never Read

At 3,058 pages, Burke’s Landed Gentry is the longest book in the Sweetwater County System’s collection.

I have to admit, the book looks pretty cool on the library shelves. It’s old, worn out, and simply has a maroon cover. That being said, it’s not a book I would pick up and read because it’s not meant to be read cover to cover.

Burke’s Landed Gentry is a genealogical reference book focusing on the family histories of selected families that owned rural land or held posts in the UK, so it’s a book for a very specific audience. And unless you’re working on your family history, you’re not likely to check this one out.

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But other long books can be a great way to battle the winter blues. Long books take endurance and commitment, but they are usually very satisfying to complete. And there’s nothing like cold winter days in Wyoming to tackle a long read that you may not otherwise have time to complete.

The longest book that I ever read was It by Stephen King. A quintessential book by the prolific king of terror novels, this
1,000-plus page book lived up to its hype. It has excellent depth of character, page-turning narrative, and scares that kept me from going near a storm drain for a while (I was a teenager when I read it). I will say, I felt quite accomplished when I finished the book.

If you are looking for some longer books to tackle this winter, the Sweetwater County Library System collection is full of exciting titles to suit all types of readers. Here are some that might be worth checking out:


The Goldfinch, by Donna Tart—At more than 700 pages, The Goldfinch is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a boy who survives an accident that kills his mother. Not having a place to go after being abandoned by his father, he is taken in by a wealthy family where he is pulled into the art community.
Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway—At more 661 pages, Gnomon is a strong science fiction read. Like much in the sci-fi genre, this book is set in the future in a high-tech world where the citizens are constantly being observed. When a dissident citizen dies in government custody, people start to question the system that supposedly doesn’t make mistakes.
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand—At more than 1,000 pages, Atlas Shrugged is a classic that is a must-read for fans of political fiction. Set in the future in the U.S., this novel focuses on evil and corporate greed to provide a narrative on modern society.
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to The Laws of the Universe, by Roger Penrose—This nonfiction read is more than 1,000 pages and perfect for those who enjoy science and math. The purpose of the book is to present a clear understanding of the universe and show its beauty and logical connections.
Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld–A 600 pages, this young adult novel within a novel focuses on the life a new high school graduate who put her life on hold to write her book, called Afterworlds. The book switches back and forth between the young woman’s life and the book she is creating.