Feature & Follow – Long Books?
Thank god it is Friday. I have to get up early in the morning and help a friend with a yard sale. I hope it isn’t raining. It will be boring if it’s raining and we won’t make any money. Plus, I don’t want to have to carry crap back inside. Ugh, I need coffee.
Being Friday it means that it is now time for Parajunkee and Alison Can Read’s Feature and Follow meme. Please use which ever option from my side bar to follow me. I have good old RSS, Networked Blogs, and now the Linky Follow. Plus, if you have a WordPress account you can just follow me through them. Onwards and upwards!
This week’s prompt is: What is the longest book you’ve read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?
I’m not a fan of long books. Between 300 and 400 pages is about right for me. My attention wanders otherwise. To Kill A Mockingbird and Rifles for Waite, both of which I was forced to read in high school, are in the low to mid 300’s. Most of the books by J.R. Tolkien are just shy of 400 pages. The Silmarillion is 386 pages. The Hobbit and the first two books of the trilogy are about the same. The third book, The Return of the King, is just over 500 pages.
I’ve read the Harry Potter books but I did so under extreme duress. I had read The Lord of the Rings because of the movies coming out. So, I thought I should be fair and read the Harry Potter books too. The first two books are just over 300 pages but every book after that shoots up by hundreds of pages. The Philosopher’s Stone is 310 pages and The Chamber of Secrets is 341 pages. The longest book, which is not actually the last book, is The Order of the Phoenix at whooping 870 pages in the hardcover edition. The paperback is 896 pages! The Deathly Hollows hardcover edition is about a hundred pages less at 759 pages. Have you ever lined the Harry Potter series up and looked at it? You can tell the exact point when Rowling was given free rein of her books. They get stupidly huge at that point. (These are supposed to be children’s books.)
It took me almost a month to work my way through The Order of the Phoenix and by the time I was done I never wanted to see that book again in my life. I don’t think I have a favorite book over 600 pages. If it’s so big I can’t comfortably get through it in a week, then I’m not likely to start reading it.
Posted on March 23, 2012, in book meme, books, Follow Friday and tagged big books, book, book meme, books, fiction, Follow Friday, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, meme, meme for book bloggers, random questions. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.