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Why I’ll Never Read a Book a Week Ever Again Calling herself a slow reader, writer Hurley Winkler describes her 2019 experience of “the 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge” she found on the literary blogosphere. During the year she finished several books she “wasn’t wild about” simply because she’d already invested time in …

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My Longest Books (cont.)

Related Post: The 20 Longest Books I Own When I started collecting data for this project, I pulled down from my shelves every book that looked bigger than most of the others. In this age of Big Data, I just couldn’t quite discard all the remaining titles after I determined the 20 longest. Therefore, here’s …

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On Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin”

Commentary on one of my all-time favorite Big Books: The Blind Assassin (2000) is a multilayered and deftly plotted work of autobiographical and historical fiction set in 20th-century Canada. In just the first few pages, layers of family history and mystery unfurl by way of a trifecta of memoir flashback, newspaper clippings and novel-within-a-novel narratives. …

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The 20 Longest Books I Own

This is not my original idea. A while back Madame Writer posted her list. She got me thinking that, given my interest in big books, I should compile my own list. Once I got started compiling a list, grabbing all the fattest books off my shelves became a compulsion. Consequently, so as not to waste all …

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6 More Big Books I Have Read & Loved

Related Posts: Links to all previous posts about Big Books are available here. 11/22/63 by Stephen King  Hardcover, 842 pages Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in the small town of Lisbon Falls, Maine. To earn some extra money, he also teaches English to adult GED students. The only other activity in …

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5 Big Books I’ve Read or Reread Recently

It’s been a while since I wrote about my love for Big Books (tomes of 500 or more pages). Here are the five most recent ones I’ve read. A Column of Fire by Ken Follett, 928 pages This is the final entry in Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge trilogy. (The first two are Pillars of the Earth, …

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14 Monumental Books to Read on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Off the Shelf commemorates 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor with an essential WWII reading list. Source: 14 Monumental Books to Read on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor I’ve only read one book on this list, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, since I read way more fiction than nonfiction. But I have just …

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Articles That Caught My Eye Last Week

These are the most interesting of the articles I spent time with last week. Q&A: CHRISTINE SNEED DISCUSSES HER COMPELLING STORY COLLECTION ABOUT THE LURE OF FAME In this interview fiction writer Christine Sneed, whose latest work is the story collection The Virginity of Famous Men, discusses why fame and our human flaws are good …

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Last Week’s Links

ALAN MOORE GOES (VERY VERY) BIG WITH JERUSALEM Alan Moore’s novel Jerusalem weighs in at more than 1,200 pages. Joshua Zajdman has been carrying it around for a while, and people’s questions and comments about its size have triggered him to reflect: why are “big books” perceived so differently? How long have “big books” been …

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