Friday, July 12, 2013

Wanna See My Big Books?

Yep, big books. I've written about them here quite often. I used to be terrified of them, but I've come to be quite fond of them! In this video I'm showing off five of the biggest books on my shelves and talking about a couple of big ole chunky faves.



Tell me about some of the big 'uns on your shelves and your faves!

21 comments:

  1. I still avoid big books, but my sister loves them - she says she gets more book for her money when she busy them.

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    1. That's an interesting point. I think I've had that thought that I'm not getting "enough" out of a short book when I buy one. But somehow I hadn't thought about big books being worth more? I'm a weirdo. Anyway, interesting concept. I'll be ruminating on that.

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  2. Oh man. I can't help myself. I simply must... "I like big BOOKS and I cannot lie!" (I love your vlogs)

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    1. LOL, I was tempted to use that as the title, but I was afraid it was too "done." And thank you!

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  3. I have always loved chunksters. I love being immersed in a story for that long. Interestingly, I prefer to read the treebook editions of chunksters (rather than the ebook editions), because I like to see my progression in physical form (as opposed to watching the percentage on my Kindle screen).

    Right now I'm reading a couple of chunksters--I'm (re)reading Moby-Dick and Infinite Jest. Infinite Jest is probably my favorite chunkster at this point.

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    1. I don't know too many folks who prefer treebook (love that) editions of chunksters! I know if they're really monstrous I prefer ebooks for the ease of carrying them to work and other places. But I can certainly see the fun and satisfaction in witnessing your progress. It's a commitment to read those big books.

      I've never had the guts to try Infinite Jest, and I didn't care for Moby Dick, but I have quite a few other classic chunksters ahead of me. Namely, Vanity Fair!

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  4. I'm going to be honest. . . big books scare me and put me off most of the time. . .

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. I used to be that way. I'm not totally open to them all the time now, but I'm far less scared than I used to be!

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  5. Drood is excellent! I read that last year, I think. Very spooky and gripping, and very absorbing considering I know pretty much zilch about Charles Dickens (he didn't come off as a very nice guy though!).

    I'd second what Heather said about Infinite Jest! that's one of my all-time favorite books; I adored it and got through it in 3 weeks. It's laugh-out-loud funny and not nearly as intimidatingly intellectual as I was afraid it would be, considering David Foster Wallace was a genius. Just be prepared to read it with two bookmarks (footnotes)!

    Biggest books on my TBR that I keep putting off are biographies of Marlon Brando and Vincent Van Gogh. One of these days...

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you liked Drood. I'm also glad to hear that Infinite Jest maybe isn't as intimidating as it seems.

      I would have a hard time ever tackling huge biographies.

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  6. I have quite a few big books I'd love to get to soon (Great Expectations, Little Dorrit and A Suitable Boy among them). But whenever I'm reading them, I'm think about how many shorter books I could have finished in the same amount of time and there are SO many books to be read.

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    1. Great Expectations is sooooo good. And truthfully, I don't know that I'll ever get to A Suitable Boy. It's just SOOO freakin' huge. And I know what you mean -- the progress associated with small books is so tempting!

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  7. 1400 pages?! HOLY FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...

    I have extreme prejudice against any book longer than 500 pages. If they actually needed all those pages to tell the story I would be fine with it, but most of the time it seems like it's just blah blah blah wasting my time boring.

    I read Drood years ago. I skipped 200 pages near the end and was fine. Just fyi. I guess overall I liked it but it was just waaaaay too long. What about Discovery of Witches? That's a pretty long book.

    ATM, the longest book on my shelves is Pillars of the Earth. My stylist gave it to me and it does kind of sound interesting, but uhg. It's like the Bible.

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    1. I know!!!! I almost had a heart attack myself. I didn't realize it was that long until I sat down for the vid.

      And yes, there is a tendency toward wordiness in books over 500 pages.

      LOL re: Drood. Good to know! Discovery of Witches was pretty darn long, and I felt like there was a lot of wasted real estate devoted to describing their clothes. And in the second book, too damn much historical detail.

      I won't even put up with a copy of Pillars. I might do e-book, but the physical book is a brick.

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  8. GREAT vlog Andi! I really really like big books. If a book is great I don't want to put it down. Those big chunksters give us a longer time to spend with characters that we adore.

    Sadly, blogging has made me a bit more hesitant to commit to a big book. I keep thinking about what I HAVE to read and review. Hmmm...that makes me think that I should change some things.

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    1. Thanks! I enjoy them once I get into them, but I'm continually daunted at the start and often pish posh around and put them off. But less so than I used to. Baby steps.

      And I know what you mean about blogging. I've found if I read one long book while I read shorter ones in between, I keep a nice balance. I still have something to blog about, but I'm not ignoring my chunksters.

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  9. I have a different reason to try to get my bog books read. I am running out of space and we will eventually move again. Big books take up a lot of room in boxes!

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    1. That is an excellent point! They do take up a ton of physical space.

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  10. I love big books, but ever since I set a goal on Goodreads I find myself avoiding them. I know it's a silly reason, but I'm hoping once I meet that goal then it will be a chunkster free-for-all around here!
    I read Outlander, and about 1/4 of Dragonfly in Amber, and I really wanted to love them! I think it was just exhausting keeping track of all of the many characters and I just had to choose something less laborious. I'll probably give it another try in the future.
    However, I have seen lots of comparisons of Outlander and The Into the Wilderness series (by Sarah Donati) which I'm LOVING. Claire Fraser even makes a brief cameo in the first book! I'd never seen that done before. I'm pretty sure Gabaldon and Donati are friends.

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  11. I read big books when the book I want to read happens to be big. So, 11/22/63, by Stephen King, is 850 pages. I read it in hardcover. The same is true of Pillars of the Earth, World without End, and Fall of Giants, all Follett books. But I've also read a ton of books that are paperback and 200 pages. It's the story, not the size.

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  12. Love love love David Copperfield. It's my favorite Dickens! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

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