Well, I have gotten myself into trouble again, reading-wise. It's ridiculous, but I am simultaneously reading two books which are more than 800 pages, and I have two books scheduled for my June discussion groups that are more than 500 pages each -- one is 600 pages! Here's what I'm reading right now:
|About 800 pages|
|Over 1000 pages (includes appendices)|
(Disclosure: I am mostly listening to Our Mutual Friend on audio, in the car. It will take weeks since it's 28 discs and I'm not usually in the car more than 30 or 40 minutes a day. I'm currently on disc 12. )
And here's what's up in June for my book groups:
And I have absolutely no excuse for these selections, since I chose both of them! Of Human Bondage is for the Classics discussion group, and though I didn't schedule it for June, I did nominate it last year, and I knew it was on the schedule. I did choose Cutting for Stone for my library book group, and I've heard great things about it and I've been wanting to read it for a couple of years now. I just wasn't thinking about the other group when I put it on the schedule, and it's been published in the library newsletter so it's too late to back out now. Hopefully the group members won't revolt when they see how many pages it is -- the group meets this week and it will be nice to get those books passed out since they're taking up an awful lot of space on the shelves at work.
If nothing else, these books should make a nice dent in my pile of books for the 2012 Chunkster Challenge. (I am not counting Our Mutual Friend, since the rules of the challenge specify no audio books or e-books). After I finish these, I'll only need one more chunky book with a length between 551-750 pages. I'll probably read East of Eden by John Steinbeck, since it's also on my TBR Challenge List. Most of the other chunky books on the TBR shelves are either too long or too short for the challenge, though I think some of the Trollopes might count.
I'm still plugging away at A Dance with Dragons, which will probably be the longest book I'll read this year. It lists as more than 1000 pages but a lot of that is appendices, e.g., lists of all the characters (don't get me started). The story itself is about 950 pages. It's taking me a long time because I have so many other books to read, and frankly, the size of it is really unwieldy. I've read some long books before, including both War and Peace and Gone with the Wind, but both of those were in paperback. DWD is too big to read in bed and too heavy to carry back and forth to work to read on my breaks, and the waiting list at the library is too long to get a second copy to leave there! I guess I could wait until the paperback comes out, but I really don't see the point of buying two copies.
I had the same problem last year when I read The Three Musketeers -- it was a beautiful hardcover edition, but just too darn heavy to lug around. This is why I never read omnibus editions of books, they are just too awkward. What about you bloggers? Do you lug big fat books around or just read them at home? And what's the longest single book you've ever read? (Mine has to be War and Peace.) And do you attempt to read them on e-books or listen on audio? Anyone completed the Chunkster Challenge yet? What did you read?
And does anyone else ever get sucked into reading multiple chunky books at the same time?