Bloom’s work I consider the definitive work on Shakespeare. It is so well written and complete that I have no trouble recommending it to people. It should be required reading for all English majors but I’m sure that isn’t happening. God only knows what drivel they teach in college these days.
War and Peace was long but enjoyable. It is my favorite work by Tolstoy. To be honest, I couldn’t get into his other works they way that War and Peace grabbed me.