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.