WordPress 015 – Big Books Tag

Hi everyone!  Today pretty much marks the end of my spring semester, and I’ll have a couple of weeks before my summer classes start, so… yeah, no rest really.  In any case, I am going to be doing another book tag today because they’re fun and perhaps somewhat insightful for everyone into my bookish life.

This one is called the “Big Books Tag,” which basically asks you to show off the biggest (i.e. longest) books in your collection.  The person who created it was 1book1review @ YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpcsGi4tTnU  I am not really intimidated by big books, so I was curious as to which ones were actually the longest in my collection.  I’m not going to be counting collected works because they are just multiple works in one single book, which makes them longer than they appear; I’ll just be counting single novels.

Yeah, I won’t make this any more complicated than it needs to be, so without further ado:

The top 5 biggest books that I have read

…Ha, well, as I was doing my little research, it turns out that 4 out of the 5 biggest books that I have read are from Harry Potter.  Hm, well… okay, I’ll just count the longest one from Harry Potter, and just skip over the rest because… redundancy.

Also, during my research, I found that GoodReads doesn’t necessarily have the same number pages as the books have, and the page count differ drastically between paperback and hardcover (which I’ve had to switch over, since I bought a hardcover edition to replace the paperback), so hm… I do see some flaws in this particular tag.  Also, should I count all those pages in the back that has like acknowledgements, notes, references, reading group guide, all that stuff?  Because I did, and now I’m wondering if I should…

Yes, oh my goodness, I’m making things complicated, let’s just dive right in here.

The top 5 biggest books that I have read (for real this time)

# 5 – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger @ 546 pages

TimeTravelersWife

I immediately went out and bought this book after watching the movie and finding out that it was based on a novel.  That’s just how I roll, I guess: “What, there’s a book on this?”  *goes to read it*  I enjoyed it a lot, and there is, of course, a lot more in the book than the movie.

# 4 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak @ 550 pages

BookThief

This.  Yes.  I have my Book Experience on this already, so I won’t repeat myself too much.

# 3 – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck @ 619 pages

GrapesofWrath

One of those books that you had to read in high school.  I read this in my junior year (11th grade), and I remember not enjoying it very much, so I’ve been meaning to reread it and see if I like it better now that I’ve matured a bit.

# 2 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling @ 870 pages

HarryPotterandtheOrderofthePhoenix

Harry Potter this and all the other Harry Potter books around the same length.  By this book, it was really Snape that kept me going and made me want to continue and somewhat finish the series.  Sigh.

# 1 – The Source by James A. Michener @ 1,078 pages

Source

I had to read this over the summer for a history class in high school (and this class had a rather infamous teacher, one of those that you just had to take, so you can brag how you survived the class).  Surprisingly, I enjoyed it a lot.  The first story-within-the-story made me react so much that I pretty much read through this without any trouble.  This is how you make history enjoyable, at least for me.  Make it come alive.

The top 2 biggest books that I have not read (yet)

So, I’m going to skip over a lot of books that I have by James A. Michener because they are all over 1,000 pages long.  I do want to read them someday because like I said, I rather enjoyed The Source.

# 2 – Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson @ 927 pages

Quicksilver

I bought this book this month, so it will be featured in May’s book haul.  I keep hearing about Neal Stephenson and have been trying to find Snow Crash to read, but I thought since I found this one, I will give it a try.

# 1 – A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin @ 1,177 pages

StormofSwords

If you had seen my “Book Collector Tag” from last week, this is indeed the longest single book in my collection that I will be getting to as I work my way through A Song of Ice and Fire series.  I’m taking my time with it because once I pick it up to read it, I end up devouring the pages, and I’m afraid I’ll go through the books too fast and end up having to wait for the next book to come out, which might be years!  So yeah.  Taking my time.

BigBooksTag

And that was the Big Books Tag, and I’m glad I did it like this.  It gives a bit of variety of the books I read, those that I read for pleasure, those that I had to read for class and either enjoyed it or didn’t so much, etc.  Let me know of your own big books, if you’d like to share!

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care and happy reading!

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