Denna diskussion är för närvarande "vilande"—det sista inlägget är mer än 90 dagar gammalt. Du kan återstarta det genom att svara på inlägget.
My sixth year of the challenge, Ann-Marie from Sweden started the group in 2014, the esteemed John Simpson has continued things since then.
My Big Book totals 2014-23, 2015-17, 2016-9, 2017-14, 2018-19.
Have got plenty of 600 plus books sitting there waiting patiently to be read, I'll be happy to read 15 or more this year.
Have started The Recognitions at 956 pages and enjoying the sense of humour so far.
Good luck to all reading Big Books in 2019 !
1. The Recognitions by William Gaddis, 956 p.
2. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, 681p.
3. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon, 773 p.
4. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, 779p.
5. The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell, 757 p.
6. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais, 1041 p.
7. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, 786 p.
8. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, 803 p.
9. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, 698 p.
10.The Complete Illustrated Stories of Hans Christian Anderson, 948 p.
11. Mrs Kelly by Grantlee Kieza, 604 p.
12. The Blue Cliff Record, trans. by Thomas Cleary, 648 p.
13. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, 830 p.
14. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, 656 p.
15. Metamorphoses by Ovid, 670 pages.
16. The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, 1007 p.
17. The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan, 907p.
18. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman, 689p.
19. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 870p.
20. Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan, 1023p.
21. A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan, 750 p.
I have never heard of The Recognitions so just looked it up. Sounds interesting. There is an interview with William Gaddis where he says that the book isn't all that reader-friendly.
Look forward to hearing what you think of it!
>2 JayneCM:, Hi Jayne, my TBR pile currently stands at 2,507 books to read and that does not include my Cricket book collection that currently stands at around 400 books. At my current average reading rate I have enough books for about 27 years, I am currently 55 years of age and am determined to read the pile even though it is always being added to. You need something to keep you going and it keeps the brain active, lol.
A few fluffy reads are next, cheers.
A timely warning for some of us...
..." I cannot, damme I cannot I say, energetically enough insist upon the danger of reading these storybooks,- in particular those known as 'Novel.' Let she who hears, heed. Britain's Bedlam even as the French Salpetriere being populated by an alarming number of young persons, most of them female, seduced across the sill of madness by these irresponsible narratives, that will not distinguish between fact and fancy. How are these frail Minds to judge ? Alas, every reader of 'Novel' must be reckoned a soul in peril, - for she hath made a D----l's bargain, squandering her most precious time, for nothing in return but the meanest and shabbiest kinds of mental excitement. 'Romance,' pernicious enough in it's day, seems in Comparison wholesome." p.351.
I think I have detected some minds "seduced across the sill of madness" on this site, just saying !
Mason & Dixon, 773p, Feb.
The Way We Live Now, 779p, March.
The Dark is Rising, 785p., late April.
Being and Nothingness, 656p., on pause until I become much more intelligent...
Blonde, 939p., May ?
The Years of Rice and Salt, 772p., May ?
Fire and Blood, 706p.
Gargantua and Pantagruel, 1041p., April.
The Tidewater Tales, 655p.
Iron Council, 614p.
Dream Songs, George R.R. Martin, 656p.
The Great and Secret Show, 698p.
Many of them have been sitting neglected on the shelves for years so will be great to read them..
Also the Dark book is probably lightish reading.
Hope your reading is going well !
"..those who lack money, the jealous, the mad, the evil-thinkers, the suspicious, the mole-catchers,....the melancholy..This year they will not get everything they would really like."
"Germany, Switzerland, Saxony, Strasbourg, etc. will do well unless things go wrong.."
"Austria, Hungary and Turkey : in truth, my good fellow, I have no idea how they will fare, and I care very little about it..."
"Mercury is bullying the parsley a bit."
There is wisdom there for all of us I'm sure.
Am well into The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, a younger person's fantasy of 786 pages.
Your reading of the Wheel of Time series has reminded me that although I have read quite a bit of fantasy, haven't read any Jordan yet, will get to The Eye of the World a bit later this year, thanks.
I have become used to the more explicit and violent modern fantasy of Erikson and Martin, so it is nice to slow down and appreciate a more traditional story. Will start The Great Hunt soon.
Am also slowly reading through The Complete Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Anderson which is 948 pages.
I am 'working' my way through the 'The Greatest Books' list and Anderson's tales is 88th on the list. My goal is to complete the first 100 this year, five books to go.
thegreatestbooks.org combines some 120 lists to come up with a 'mega list' !
It includes separate fiction and nonfiction lists, and is regularly updated, have a look and let me know what you think.
I was intrigued to see so many ancient classics there.
I can't quite share the enthusiasm for Kafka, to be honest. We had to read "The penal colony" in school and that gave me nightmares for years.
I am also happy to find quite a lot of my unread books on the list. A good incentive to tackle them!
Which are the ones you need to read to reach your goal? I can cross 32 of the first 100 off my list, so I've got quite a bit of reading ahead of me yet. Plenty of BFBs for the next years.
88. Fairy Tales by Anderson, 948 pages, reading now.
90. Cousin Bette by Balzac.
91. A Sentimental Education by Flaubert.
95. Metamorphoses by Ovid, 723 pages.
99. Decameron by Boccaccio, 947 pages, to complete the first 100.
I tend to read one a month or so, no hurry !
Am plodding along with Complete Works of Hans Christian Anderson, some interesting tales, and am waiting for a library copy of The Blue Cliff Record - 648 pages - to come in so I can finish it.
Some library books to get through first and then very keen to resume the series.
is the Big Fat Book criteria set at 600 pages ? I suggest 500 pages is a better fit...something to ponder for next
I will put it on my thread and ask for opinions but as I have a lot of 500 to 599 page books I would be for the change.