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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman June 17, 2017 - 2:25pm

I'm reading Stephen King's IT for a book club, and holy hell this thing is long. I'm digging it so far, but damn it's long.

What's the longest book you've ever read? How long did it take? What are your memories about reading? Not so much about the book itself, but...what's different about reading something super long?

 

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal June 18, 2017 - 8:20pm

If we're not talking literal length, the longest I can remember reading was Fahrenheit 451. Few years ago now, I remember I could barely will myself to pick it up. Just a meandering snooze fest to me...

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like June 19, 2017 - 10:02am

I think Bolaño's 2666 is the longest novel I've read. Word count is shy of 300k. (It is reported to be nearly 450k.) 2666 is broken up into five distinct parts, which made the length less noticeable. I sometimes had doubts as to how the author considered the whole thing to be one novel; there were explicit and suggested connections between the interior volumes, but the author's other works display such connections even though they're not claimed to be installments of a single novel. Or maybe he operated as though all his fiction was part of one big work, even if the others weren't labeled as such at publication.

Generally, I like the idea of very long novels more than my real interactions with them would suggest.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 20, 2017 - 3:42pm

Probably Altas Shrugged. 561,996 words.

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voodoo_em from England is reading Zombie Bake Off by Stephen Graham Jones June 21, 2017 - 12:13am

Probably IT for me too. I was 15 so I had oddles of free time to read so although it was long I don't think it would feel as long as it would if I read it today when I have way less free time. Plus at 15 I hadn't discovered minimalism :)

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. June 21, 2017 - 5:53am

Stephen King's INSOMNIA. I had insomnia, and I wanted a great big long book to read in the night....It was long and great for about halfway through and then it started to fall apart. I think I quit at about 3/4 through. Made me so mad I didn't read King for quite a while after that.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal June 21, 2017 - 7:46am

Atlas shrugged is THAT long?

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 21, 2017 - 11:09am

Yeah

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bethwenn from Milwaukee is reading The Tin Drum by Günter Grass June 22, 2017 - 5:37am

Most of the long ones I've read were around 1,000 pages. I finished Infinite Jest last year, about 1,000-1,100 pages with the footnotes. I read it for a class so we did it in under a semester, 3ish months. War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov are both on my shelf begging me to pick them up again soon.

 

"It was long and great for about halfway through and then it started to fall apart"

I read that one too. It totally falls apart. I loved it and then the end was very disappointing. I feel like King struggles with endings for his longer works.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal June 22, 2017 - 4:27pm

Isn't he a discovery writer? Totally makes sense.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman July 18, 2017 - 4:48pm

Well, I managed to finish IT in time for my book club. It was pretty good, but damn was it long.

I'm thinking of putitng a column together regarding methods for reading really long books. Got any tips I might include? Ways you get yourself through, really plow through a long-ass book?

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal July 18, 2017 - 8:54pm

I hear Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings is so big that it's approaching the limit of the machines' ability to put into a single book.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated July 26, 2017 - 11:50pm

Machine single book? Like binding?

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal July 27, 2017 - 10:14pm

I think it had something to do with binding, yeah. It can literally only have so many pages stuck together.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman July 30, 2017 - 2:45pm

I've seen more than a few books where the weight of pages is too high, so by the time you get to the middle it's essentially pulling itself apart. So sometimes it's possible to bind the book initially, and it'd work as long as you never opened and read it. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated July 31, 2017 - 11:30pm

That is such a scum thing to do.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal August 3, 2017 - 4:57pm

Maybe they just used the cheaper glue

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated August 6, 2017 - 12:12pm

That is such a scum thing to do.

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OtterMan from New Jersey, near Philadelphia USA is reading Ringworlds Children August 14, 2017 - 10:37am

I don't know if it counts because it's technically a trilogy but, Asimov's Foundation series has to be the longest book I've ever read. I did read it as one book. 

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal August 19, 2017 - 2:23pm

^

Oh, if that counts, mine might be the Unwind series, which I read like a book, which, including the short story, has... 470k words. FInished in a week flat.

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samiwhiskur from Saint Cloud, Minnesota August 24, 2017 - 10:17am

Gone With the Wind. I don't know how many pages it was/is, but at the time (high school), I was going through most books in 2-3 days; Gone With the Wind took me a month and a half. It didn't help that I found reading through all the detail extremely tedious.

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Will Bernardara Jr. from Detroit is reading Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media September 16, 2017 - 9:57pm

I'd say Infinite Jest because I read it twice but the real answer is A Remembrance of Things Past by Proust. All 3,000 or so pages of it.

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jwdonley from Bellingham, WA is reading It September 29, 2017 - 11:31am

Imajica by Clive Barker was a doozy.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel October 6, 2017 - 5:13am

Single book: Maybe Atlas Shrugged.

Longest Series: Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan/finished by Brandon Sanderson

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David Gillette from Tustin, CA is reading Transmetropolitan October 14, 2017 - 8:21pm

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami at 944 pages and 244k words. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Kedzie from the SF Bay Area by way of Chicago is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien October 20, 2017 - 12:24am

Gone With The Wind

 

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LizKelso from New York City is reading Everything November 9, 2017 - 1:43pm

Sacajawea by Anna L. Waldo (1,427 pages)

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Christopher M Rigby from Auckland, New Zealand is reading On Writing, by Stephen King November 12, 2017 - 4:29pm

Mine would be "Motley Crue - The Dirt" (One of the funniest most entertaining reads ever.  Even if you don't like Motley Crue) at 431 pages.     But as of tonight, when I finish the months long marathon of reading it to my 7 year old daughter,  it will be "The Magic Faraway Tree" trilogy by Enid Blyton, at 676 pages.

I have chosen to go down the path of audio books with larger books such as Stephen King's "The Stand" and  "The Dark Tower" series.    I'm up for a new challenge though, and  have a mint copy of "Sleeping Beauties" by him and his son Owen to move onto text.