karen bates
@czarinaofchaos · 0:59

Your longest read that was worth the time?

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You. How do you feel about big books? I love a great, big, thick book that I can spend days and days and weeks and weeks even with. One of my favorites is the love songs of Web. Du Bois by Honoree Fanon jeffers I think I got that right. I'm finishing up the covenant of water by Abraham brigade. That's a long book. Loved Minjian Lee's Pachinko anthony, Dorr's all the light we cannot see

# #beloveddoorstoppers #ILikeBigBooks #epicreads

Arish Ali
@arish · 0:47


That's a great question. There are quite a few. The Brothers Karamazov by Dostovsky. Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are many good books which have been very long, that I've enjoyed reading and have been worth it. I also mention one that I could not finish. This was Proust, In search of lost time. I think I started the first part of it, Swann’s way, and somewhere around one third of it, I think I just gave up
Nidhin George 🔷
@geo_rhymes · 1:15

@czarinaofchaos Homo Deus by YNH is the longest I've read amd its less than 500 pages 🫣

You. Hey, Karen, let me just say, this one made me think. I had to go back to my bookshelf and pick out the biggest book that I had read and see how many pages it had. So the total number of pages in this book is way above 500, but the actual book in itself has only about 490 or so. It well, actually 462 pages, to be exact. And I now realize that I have not read any book which was well over 500 pages
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Deborah Pardes
@DBPardes · 1:14


I love this conversation. You know, I have Anthony Dewers all the Light you cannot see next to my bed, and I'm probably a quarter of the way through it. I just love it. I just don't I'm not called to go back to it as much as I thought I would, but I'm really drawn to that little girl and that boy and their relationship and the war, and it's just amazing
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Tim Ereneta
@Tim · 1:25
But in terms of weird fiction or fantastic fiction, I really enjoyed Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, the Lies of La Clamora by Scott Lynch. But I think my absolute favorite, which clocks in at over a thousand pardes, is Susannah Clark's, very large, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norwell, which even though people it shelved in the fantasy section
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Katharine Coles
@katharine.coles · 1:17
Probably my number one favorite Doorstopper novel is Middle March by George Elliot, which I just reread a year or two ago during COVID I reread Moby D*** every once in a while, and just about anything by Dickens except The Pickwick Papers is something that I would happily vouch for along with George Elliott's other novels as well. So thanks for sending my brain down that pathway, and I'm looking forward to the Jeffers
Steve Cominski
@bakedandawake · 2:11

#literature #formative #books

Anyway, a couple of my favorites have already been mentioned by other people replying to this well, I was delighted to be reminded of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Nurell fantastic, fantastic book. But someone else mentioned Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, which I actually have a different Dostoyevsky title in mind that was absolutely formative for me as a youth coming up reading it, and that was Crime and Punishment. Anyone who knows Dostoevsky knows the man didn't know how to write a short book as far as I could tell
Swell Team
@Swell · 0:15

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Steve Cominski
@bakedandawake · 0:57
Just came back one more time to also comment that my very favorite work, probably ever by Stephen King was the Dark Tower series. I struggled to consider them individual books. It's such a continuum of a storyline. In my opinion, King's probably his best work ever. Maybe I secretly feel like he sort of feels that way too, if I were to read his little heart. I don't know. The Dark Tower. Nobody ever does the Stephen King titles. Justice in television or film
Arish Ali
@arish · 1:55

@bakedandawake @Tim Jonathan Strange and Crime and Punishment

I should have kind of talked about some of the more better known books like other of the Dostoesky books, especially Steve, when you mentioned Crime and Punishment and the favorite of mine and very formative for me as well. I read a long time back. So yeah, I thought that was it was funny that both these bates kind of cropped up in this conversation, one book that I had read and kind of had talked about as a book I was reading
Steve Cominski
@bakedandawake · 1:05
And I remember that book as being full of wonderful humor and dialogue and just a really fun read. So now I say to the original poster, Zarina of Chaos, let's do shortest books because I have at least as many to talk about on that topic. Okay, until later
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