Saturday, June 25, 2016

Really Big Books - NOVA this week (June, 25, 2016)



Observations from my weekly wanderings, usually in Northern Virginia (NOVA).

I finished War and Peace a week ago. It took me two months and change. Meanwhile, some of my fellow book bloggers read 4, or 5, or 6, or 10, or more books.

Ordinarily, I am quite fond of these bookish friends, but recently each time they post a book review, I feel certain they are mocking me.

To which I reply, ***raspberries***

This is a REALLY BIG BOOK (RBB). And what’s more – I’ve got more RBBs, ahead on my reading schedule. Some call them chunksters (somehow, that name makes me cringe a little), or tomes, or opus, but I am coining the acronym RBB.

Starting with Tom Jones (2 books back) and then among the next 10 books, I have the following RBBs.

TomJones – 346,000 words
War and Peace – 580,000 words
The Count of Monte Cristo – 460,000 words
Les Misérables – 655,000 words
The Fountainhead – 311,000 words
Atlas Shrugged – 645,000 words

Which is a rough equivalent of 30 regular sized books. So yeah, ***raspberries***

Oh and, I’m also reading through the Bible – 788,000 words.

Feeling a bit guilty about the raspberries now though ;-) Just tongue in cheek.

Oh by the way – interesting bit of coincidence. This wasn’t planned in my reading schedule, but The Count of Monte Cristo is almost like a sequel to War and Peace. Historically, CofMC follows W&P, and the historical person Napoleon plays a secondary, though significant role in each.


14 comments:

  1. Interesting side note on the relation between War & Peace and Count of Monte Cristo! I think book # doesn't matter at all. It's about the experience, not how many pages you read. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I didn't feel like The Fountainhead was an RBB -- it flew by pretty quickly. So... there's hope for you?

    That's a cool observation about W&P and Monte Cristo. Maybe if I promise myself the latter as a "carrot," I can get myself to finally read the former?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I alllllllllmost bought myself a copy at the bookstore this week, but ended up getting Moby Dick instead because it was a) cheaper, and b) prettier.

      Delete
    2. tsk tsk...as if judging a book by it's cover is not bad enough, you stooped to judging by price tag as well. But you made me LITERALLY LOL (more of a derisive snort really).

      Delete
    3. No wait...chortle actually. Derisive chortle.

      Delete
    4. Okay, chortle I can handle. A snort? We might've had to break up.

      Yeah, I know. But... MD was hardcover too, and they only had paperbacks of W&P.

      Delete
    5. OK...that saved you. My bookcase is more like a trophy case and I have to have hardcover.

      Delete
    6. I tend to upgrade books to hardcover if I really love them, or if I found them cheap. But I love too many books to buy only hardcover -- I don't have that much money or space!

      Delete
  3. Re-Reading The Count of Monte Cristo now...picked it up on a whim!May do a reverse time tale reading and re-read War and Peace after I finish Monte Cristo...sorely tempted!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm loving CofMC, but I knew I would. I'm anxious to see if my feelings at the end are much different than they were when I read it as a teen.

      Delete
    2. Funny...I read it the first time as a teen as well. But then I have re-read it a couple of time since then....and I still LOVE it! Look forward to your thoughts once you are done!

      Delete
  4. I really want to read War and Peace. Anna Karenina was so good. But...all.those.Russian.names. It's not the length....it's keeping track of all the names. But, soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The names are a challenge, so I printed out the wikipedia list of characters and kept it handy. It helped a lot, and about a quarter of the way through, I didn't need it anymore.

      Delete

Comments are always welcome. In fact, they make my day. You needn't sign in to leave a comment. Just enter your comment, then on the "Comment as:" drop down menu, select "anonymous".