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Backlist Booklist – August

Welcome to part two of summer reading suggestions! Last month’s focus was on the lighter side of summer reading. This post is for those of you who are taking advantage of the longer days to delve into the “weightier” books, whether you’re tackling the 800+ page tomes you didn’t have time or energy to read during the winter months or exploring new ideas with nonfiction titles. Both have their advantages in summer – the extra daylight brings the illusion of more time to get to know the characters in those longer books and many nonfiction titles afford you the luxury of reading a chapter, go pull those pesky weeds that sprouted up overnight in your garden, then head back to the next chapter without skipping a beat. Regardless, there are plenty of backlist gems available for your reading (or listening) pleasure. (Click the book jacket to visit our catalog for information about the books)

In the mood for a family saga or a classic you’ve never read? May I suggest…

The Kingsbridge series by Ken Follett, spanning centuries during Europe’s most turbulent time in history.

pillars                         world                         column

Pillars of the Earth               World Without End             A Column of Fire          





Pachinko, Min Jin Lee - This historical family saga set in Korea and Japan throughout the 20th century follows four generations of a Korean family.


Classics – reread your favorites or catch up on titles you may have missed.

Gone                         Anna                        Don

Gone with the Wind              Anna Karenina                     Don Quixote


And two of my favorites with 500+ pages that are well worth the time (in my opinion)…

Atlas                         Hitchhiker

Atlas Shrugged                    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

There are so many fabulous nonfiction titles that it’s hard to know where to start…or end! Here are a few to get you started—






Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World, Mark Miodownik. Explore the mysteries of everyday materials that surround us.


Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, Mary Norris. A humorous look at spelling, punctuation, and usage – especially interesting now that we’re in the time of “auto-correct.”


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain. Approximately 1/3 of the people you know are introverts…are they undervalued?

Sometimes it’s difficult to choose just the right book. If you’d like personalized suggestions, head over to MyNextRead and receive personalized suggestions in your inbox, from your favorite Stark Library librarians.

Happy reading!