I have a confession to make – I absolutely adore enormous books. In fact, they’ve managed to effectively take over my TBR pile. I also blame them for rendering me four books behind schedule for my 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ll put it this way, it’s a love/hate relationship.
The first book I read from start to finish of considerable size was a 745 page Annotated Pride and Prejudice for my eleventh grade English course. And yes, at my high school, we are required to purchase specific ISBNs, and this just so happened to be the corresponding copy of Pride and Prejudice. While I wasn’t a fan of the novel itself, I immediately fell in love with lengthy books.
Since then, I’ve added quite a few large novels to my collection and read a fair number of them as well. Many readers object to reading sizable books due to their intimidating length or a fear of boredom. Some claim them to be a source of reading slumps, which can last for weeks, months, or even years. Others associate huge books with classics, which immediately have a negative connotation for some.
Therefore, if you find yourself in the subset of readers that avoid books of substantial length, I’m going to propose a challenge: read 2 books that are at least 500 pages in length during 2016. Choose books that you’re generally interested in reading, or ones in a genre that you enjoy. This will increase the likelihood of a positive experience (and will hopefully equate to the reading of many large books in the future)!
I currently have the following chubby chunksters (books consisting of 500+ pages) on my shelves:
- Game of Thrones, 835 pages
- A Clash of Kings, 778 pages
- A Storm of Swords, 1177 pages
- Feast for Crows, 1060 pages
- Dance with Dragons, 1123 pages
- The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, 745 pages
- The Annotated Sense and Sensibility, 742 pages
- Crime and Punishment, 656 pages
- City of Lost Souls, 535 pages
- City of Heavenly Fire, 725 pages
- Cress, 550 pages
- Allegiant, 532 pages
- Lux (Obsidian Series), 800 pages
- Eldest, 668 pages
- Brisingr, 763 pages
- Inheritance, 849 pages
- The Nine Lives of Chloe King, 771 pages
- Beach Blondes, 721 pages
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 734 pages
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 870 pages
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 652 pages
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 759 pages
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Part 1), 709 pages
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 544 pages
- Jane Eyre, 551 pages
- Les Miserables, 1232 pages
- The Count of Monte Cristo, 1276 pages
Have you read any of these books? What are some of the largest books that you’ve read/own? What is your stance on chubby chunksters?