This week, we get to pick a Top Ten list we missed, or make up our own. I’m not nearly as clever, so I stole my list from A Room of One’s Own (thanks Jillian!). My top ten is the Top Ten Chunksters I’m Itching to Read.
I’m not exactly sure what qualifies as a “chunkster” but these are some of the BIG books on my shelf that I really need to read at some point. I think I’m just too intimidated by their size and, personally, I like being a person who can finish a book within the time frame of 1-3 days. Anything that takes longer than that better hold my short attention span!
These are all books that are currently on my bookshelf … obviously, I’ll have to get around to reading them!
1. The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova (642 pages)
I’m actually reading this right now. I think the last “long” books I’ve read were the first three in the Outlander series, so I’m learning to read in parts, taking breaks with other books. It helps. Luckily, this is a really good book and the story is easy to follow after stepping away for a bit.
2. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (1,179 pages)
I had intended to read this for a readathon I was doing, so I pulled out my copy, started to read, then went to Goodreads to add it only to find out that I was reading the abridged copy. What the heck, right? Nowhere on my copy did it say it was abridged, so I assumed it was the full book. It was close to 600 pages, so it had to be, right? Wrong. I bought a hardcover of the unabridged version and it’s just under 1,200 pages. Just a little light reading.
3. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins (512 pages)
I remember seeing reviews of this somewhere, saying it was good. So, when I was in Victoria, BC earlier this year I hit up the bookstore (because who doesn’t go on vacation and come home with piles of books) and picked it up. Since it was a classic it was relatively cheap. I’ve heard it’s haunting, so maybe it’s the spooky read I’ve been looking for!
4. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (804 pages) AND Android Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters (538 pages)
I figure these two should go in the same section. I picked up Android Karenina for $5 the other day thinking it sounded awesome, never having read the original, android-less version by Leo Tolstoy. I have the original, so I might as well read that one first, right?
5. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1), by George R.R. Martin (694 pages)
My husband loves this TV show. I knew it was based on a book, which wasn’t the reason I didn’t watch it with him: no, I found there was a lot of characters and I missed a few weeks and just lost track. While at the bookstore last week I picked it up, a large paperback version, and hope to read it. And, hopefully, the other books in the series at some point, too.
6. Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkein (1,664 pages)
Yes, the whole trilogy. I think it would make my brother very proud if I actually read the books he gave me years and years ago. I should probably read The Hobbitt, too, since I think that fits into that trilogy? Is it a prequel? A sequel? Does it have anything to do with it?
7. The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett (973 pages)
I think i bought this book because it was on Oprah’s book club. I have no clue what it’s about, but feel I should read it since I bought the darn thing.
8. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, by Susanna Clarke (782 pages)
I don’t even remember why I bought this book, but I recall reading very good reviews. Whenever I pick it up, though, I always think it’s way too big to be reading at that given moment.
9. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (1,444 pages)
Since this is a classic, I feel that — as a reader — I should be reading it. I feel quite intimidated by the size, but maybe one day I’ll decide to take it chapter by chapter.
10. The next 5 books in the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon (what, like, 5,000 pages or so?)
I loved Outlander when I first read it … ate it up in less than a week! The second book was kind of “meh” for me and I loved the third book. Then I just stopped reading. I really need to get back into these ones, but it looks like Diana Gabaldon is releasing the EIGHTH book in this series this year! Craziness — I don’t know if I’ll catch up!
What BIG books do you want to read?
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