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Size Does Matter

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What’s the largest, thickest, heaviest book you ever read? Was it because you had to? For pleasure? For school?

Largest: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Vintage trade paperback, 1296 pages, 2.6 pounds
Heaviest: Gone With the Wind by Maragret Mitchell, trade paperback, 960 pages, 2.8 pounds
Longest (single volume): Noble House by James Clavell, Paperback, 1376 pages, 1.3 pounds
Longest (set): The Dreams of the Red Chamber by Cao Xue-Chin, Penguins classics, 5 volumes.

All the books I sought out to read out of my own volition.

22 Responses

  1. It’s weird that I’ve seen a couple of the heaviest including mine weigh in at 2.8 lbs even though they are completely different books … 2.8 must be a magic book number :).

    You definitely have some challenging books on your list which is nice to see!

  2. War and Peace, no question. And i have read it three times.

  3. Clearly I need to invest in a more sophisticated weigh-scale. Or, alternatively, need to cozy up with the staff at the post office.

  4. I can barely remember. I think the heaviest was Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell which I finished. That was sucha pain in the arse to carry around 🙂

  5. I’m reading War and Peace right now 😀

  6. Now I have an ereader I refuse to lug around heavy books! That said, I would like to read A Suitable Boy but cannot find an ebook version anywhere…

  7. Hmmm… I think mine would be The Source by James Michiner and The Journeyer by Gary Jenings… both are over a thousand pages or so.

  8. Just hopping through. Mine was A Suitable Boy, which is a great read. See you’ve got 84, Charing Cross Road in your to-read pile. I just read it a week or so ago, and it was very fun.

  9. For me, that would be A Glastonbury Romance</I. by John Cowper Pwys, clocking in at 1120 pages. I read it for pleasure, after reading a horror novel that referenced this novel quite a bit.

  10. Jacques Barzun: From Dawn to Decadence 1500 to the Present, 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 828 pages. My sister was finishing it on our beach vacation and couldn’t stop talking about it. I started hers but into a few chapters I went to get my own copy so I could make notes.
    I loved it and when I started teaching a high school history course I started using it. I love it.

    • A history book read on a beach vacation must be very interesting. I’ll have to check that out. Many years ago I read a book on the history of China from prehistoric age. It turned out to be over 1000 pages even though it’s titled a brief history.

  11. Wow, Gone With the Wind weighs 2.8 pounds? I might have to do a reread on my Kindle!

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