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Musing Mondays {June 11}

DIRTY MINDED PEOPLE! This is a Book blog! Well maybe it COULD Have been what is the length of your… baguette or.. the length of your favorite wooden spoon handle…. but today, MizB wanted to know about the longest book I had read and how long it took to read it! Dirty minded people, how could you think I would EVER be so naughty *wicked grin*

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.


This Week’s Muse Asks…

What is the longest book you have ever read? How long did it take you to read it?

OK, I have read a LOT of long books. I tend to think of a book as short if it is under 400 pages. Average length books are 450-600 pages and long books start around 800 pages. I like LONG meaty books. I read to bloody fast for my own good so the longer I can be entertained by one story the better.

Of all time, and yes I have read it, War and Peace, the great Leo Tolstoy’s posthumously published by many and averaging around 1352 pages. I did it on a bet, and read it in two weeks. It was… THICK, and I was ready to induce myself to a month in an opium den afterwards. My middle daughter was named Josephine, enough said, eh? Plus I have a distinct issue with short narcissistic ass-hats with French accents and want to put a pot of Borscht to drown my sorrows in.

My favorite and longest book I read more than five times between the ages of 12 and 16, was Anna Karenina, another Tolstoy rich comes in a little bit under War and Peace at 1302 with my copy. I LOVED this book, lost myself in it, was depressed and despondent with Anna, compared my life with hers! It is by far one of the greatest novels EVER written! The first time it took me a month to read. Now I can finish it in about a week, (or about 20 hours of reading).

The newest and most MEMORABLE books that I have read in the last five years that graces itself in this category is Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson coming in at a close third with 1168 pages of awesomeness. For those that have yet to read this amazing book, go out, get it, read it and make sure you do not loan it out, you will never get it back. We have had to buy a new copy for Geoff twice now, and we each own our own and have trivia challenges from the book. HAH, the funny little things couples do when they are in love! This book took me 10 days to finish (I was also finishing finals at the time so this was my BREAK book).

The other one would be longer and is The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) by Roger Zelaznywhich runs at 1258 pages. Technically this is all the books of Amber shoved together but than so is the bible which was sited so I believe it counts and this is the only way you can find it in print in this day and age. It took me. This is one of the greats, one of the most amazing books that I own also. I cannot top the ManBeast in the trivial pursuits of this book. He knows more than the family genealogist in the book knows about the families of Amber! (He knows all their alias’ in every different time and place and dimension). Personally I think Geoff is one of Oberon’s line… yes I am pretty sure the blood of Amber runs through his veins… I wonder if I can find his trump cards?

So what is YOUR longest book and how long did it take you to read? Can you answer this in one? Or are you like me, because honestly I had to whittle this down to three authors and four books! I am really interested because these days when someone says it is a short story and it is only 3K words I balk, and a novella should be around 100 pages! But now days novels are 250 pages? Confuses me at times. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Be sure to check out MizB for even more GREAT links!



Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world, careening conspiratorially back and forth between two-time periods -World War II and the present. Our 1940s’ heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse, crypt analyst extraordinaire, and gung-ho, morphine-addicted marine Bobby Shaftoe. They’re part of Detachment 2702, an Allied group trying to break Axis communication codes while simultaneously preventing the enemy from figuring out that their codes have been broken. Their job boils down to layer upon layer of deception. Dr. Alan Turing is also a member of 2702,and he explains the unit’s strange workings to Waterhouse. “When we want to sink a convoy, we send out an observation plane first… Of course, to observe is not its real duty–we already know exactly where the convoy is. Its real duty is to be observed… Then, when we come round and sink them, the Germans will not find it suspicious.”

All of this secrecy resonates in the present-day story line, in which the grandchildren of the WWII heroes–inimitable programming geek Randy Waterhouse and the lovely and powerful Amy Shaftoe–team up to help create an offshore data haven in Southeast Asia and maybe uncover some gold once destined for Nazi coffers. To top off the paranoiac tone of the book, the mysterious Enoch Root, key member of Detachment 2702 and the Societas Eruditorum, pops up with an unbreakable encryption scheme left over from WWII to befuddle the 1990s protagonists with conspiratorial ties.

The Great Book of Amber (Chronicles of Amber, #1-10)

The Chronicles of Amber #1-10 omnibus

by Roger Zelazny

All ten of Zelazny’s classic “Amber” fantasy novels in one book! Join Corwin, Merlin and the others in wild adventures in the lands of Amber, Earth, and the Courts of Chaos, where the powers of Amber and Chaos constantly battle for supremacy through intrigue and adventure.

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  1. I think mine would be a Stephen King IT or The Stand whichever is longer but I’m honestly not 100% sure

  2. The longest book ever read- Bible. Not sure how many pages. Took my about a year.
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  3. I am not a fan of Giant books, as I discuss in my muse.
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  4. Awesome books, you really like big books lol!
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  5. I reckon mine would have to be Stephen King’s THE STAND at 1168 pages and IT with 1090. There are a great any other long novels over the years whose titles don’t come to mind at once. Like you, I like to be entertained for a long time with a book. Unlike you though, I read fairly slowly, savoring each word and phrase. I can pace myself and make such a book last for a month or more, spending the ‘non-reading’ time reliving the scenes I’ve already read. My gawd how I adore reading!
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    • I try to read slowly, I do savor things. The problem is I just read FAST, not skipping but I got one of those brains I guess. It has helped me while getting my literature degree .. when you have to read Moby Dick in a week to include analytic aspects for a class, it HELPS big time.. tell a student she must read 80 pages PLUS write a three-four word essay on it blah blah blah… that part is the hardest. I hate reading so bloody fast, but it is also the fact I will just DO that, read, nothing else. Some folks will spend a rainy afternoon watching Law and Order marathons, I read!

  6. I’m another King reader. Although I have read Tolstoy’s epics!
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  7. I bow down before your mad reading skillz. Tolstoy in a week or less? That’s insanley fast. I’m duly impressed.

    For me, I guess the Bible is the longest book I’ve read cover to cover. It took me two years to do it, but ai did. Other than that I think it has to be Dan Simmons’ The Terror wich was almost 800 pages, I think. I alsi read and really enjoyed Moby Dick. In fact, it’s my favorite book, but it’s shorter at around 600 pages.
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    • I think what I need to point out is I read War and Peace on a bet with my dad. He said I could not read that fast and be able to retain and have the comprehensive level. This is when he first realized just how bloody gifted I was with the reading skill set. He had my uncle quiz me and throw his college students mid term at me with excerpts where I had to identify the speaker, explain the significance etc. It was a fifty dollar bet, I was serious plus I fell in love with Russian Lit. I had to BEG to read Anna K after that because of my age.

      I love Stephen King and have read everything by him, so those are long also. This was tough one.

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        • BITCH… LOL BTW I read IT and The Stand too… I forgot they were long books. See I do not realize how long books are at times. Tolstoy I think of for LONG because it is not an English Book, it is a bit harder to read and takes me longer.

  8. War and Peace is one I can recall reading back in the day, along with several others…here’s MY MUSING MONDAYS POST
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  9. Longest books were read eons ago – well fifty plus years is if you pack your life with adventure on and off the page.

    As I get older, I read shorter tales – no longer embellished with majestic scenery or fribbling finery BUT those tales imposed on my memory banks accompany me through the shorter plots that are dished with a different spice.

    I can’t say which pick I made for myself as being my virgin voyage into being the longest but maybe the first book I learned my letters, sounds, pictures and, meaning at a young {2 to 4 yrs} age would classify as the longest book, taking two years to finish – would be the Montgomery Ward Catalogue. I even had the added feature of learning prices with the result of having a love of math birthed.

  10. Okay, while not War and Peace (which I still contend that no one actually finishes), the longest book, and I count all three as one book because they do not stand alone in any meaningful fashion, I’ve read is Anne Rice’s “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” (Witching Hour, Lasher & Taltos) at 2272 pages. Heck, Witching Hour itself is pretty darned close at 1,056 pages.

    Here’s my interesting question of the day. What will be our unit of length of books as ebooks become the standard?

    • OMG I read that, I totally forgot about that “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” I lost all my Anne Rice books in the move up here, some mover helped himself to the box titled ANNE RICE hardbacks and paperbacks *grrrrrrrrrr* I loved that whole series. Hmmm good question.

      I do not know, all I know is that some comments have stated books should not be longer than 400 pages. I say it is the quality. BUT I think it is a disturbing trend in our society that everything is becoming shorter, and quicker, and more INSTANT, including books. BUT is a short book SHORT in pages … if it s a good read? I just read a book shy of 300 pages, but it was an INTENSE read and it took me longer than a week to read (cough-NATASHA’s BOOK-cough) why? Because it was intense and THICK with imagery and made me think, and dream and think and because these days I am busy crazy busy. So, huh.. this is a good question. I find that the norm for ebook standard is becoming around 325 these days. BTW I hate percentage reading, I wish ebooks still had pages.

  11. I think the longest books I’ve read was the last Harry Potter and Break Dawn. I devoured both in a day. I got nothing done those days too. lol
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  12. War and Peace is on my bucket list. I’ll read it when I retire. I don’t know what the longest book I’ve ever read. I think recently it was The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens (completed by David Madden).
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    • OH! I love that! HAHA Reminds me I Have a new Drood History book by Simon Green to read! *SMILING* thanks for stopping by everyone!

  13. A few years ago, I read the first six books of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series in two weeks. That’s two weeks total. Those books are 600-800 pages each. I don’t know exactly how quickly I read each one. But by the time book #7 had come out, I had another baby and it took me almost a month to read that one. 🙁
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  14. I Forgot all about The Stand and It. Were they really that long? I read them a long time ago so I don’t remember how long it took. That was pre-kids, though, so probably only a week or so.
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