I am doing a bad job of blogging recently but i'm doing a poorish job of reading too!
so, BTT for 1/27 was about big books
What’s the largest, thickest, heaviest book you ever read? Was it because you had to? For pleasure? For school?
well for pleasure, Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope is 848 pages in the Penguin edition. Under the Dome and The Stand, both by Steven King, are 1074 and 1141 pages respectively. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien is 1216 pages. The Passage by Justin Cronin was a shorter 784 pages but felt longer. The two volume set i have of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories comes in at 1856 pages if i am allowed to count that! Then again, can i count series? in that case, Harry Potter's total page count is 4178 judging the paperbacks.
As for school, i honestly can't remember back that far. i know in college and my last couple years of high school my teachers seemed to be more of the opinion that reading 4-5 short books, 200-300 pages, was better than reading 2 really long ones. I know i read The Three Musketeers (610 pages) for one of my extra books to get the honors designation in my World History class. For me, it was a much faster read than The Scarlet Letter (140 pages). It is all perception, isn't it?