For reasons unknown (but probably are deeply embedded in my psyche :-)), I have been intimidated by large books: large in page numbers not the actual page size itself. Books with huge numbers of pages seem rather overwhelming to me, although I still add them to my TBR pile in the idle hope that perhaps I might still pick one up every now and then. However, to be honest, I haven’t been picking them up and as I collected some of them from the shelves, it seems that I have quite a pile.
I thought I might tackle some (or one) of them this year, and so went gathering them up from where they lay in the book cases. I have quite a few, it seems, and thus the plan is born: I will read one (or more) of these really large books this year. Pretty do-able goal, I think.
Each of the books featured have spines that measure 1.5 inches or more (which was my criteria for inclusion). Page numbers are unknown, but believed to be scary-high for most.
Titles include (as included in the photo top to bottom, left pile first):
- The Emperor of Maladies – Siddartha Meukherjee (NF)
- Bound to Please – Michael Dirda (NF)
Working – Studs Terkel (NF)(gave this one away)
- Taste: The Story of Britain Through its Cooking – Kate Colquhoun (NF and expected response from non—UK readers – lots of blank pages)
Steve Jobs bio – Walter Isaacson (NF)(gave this one away)
- Austerity Britain: 1945-1951 – David Kynaston (NF – looks a bit *serious* to me but good reviews)
Right hand pile, top to bottom:
London Belongs to Me – Normal Collins (F)Completed.
- The Victorians – A. N. Wilson (NF)
- Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain – Robert Winder (NF)
And Ladies of the Club – Helen Hooven Santmyer (F)– DNF
And they’re off from the starting post. First up: And Ladies of the Club… Progress updated as warranted.
Edited to add (April 2014): Remarkably little progress so far. And Ladies… was crushingly boring and a DNF. (Sorry – I know that a lot people really love this one.) And London Belongs to Me was ok, but took up almost a whole month and didn’t feel worth it. The project continues, but dawdles more than anything.
ETA (February 2019): Still not a great deal of progress, except that I’ve given away the Steve Jobs bio and the Studs Terkel title. Did just read two SBBs not on that list though: Roots (Alex Haley – 912 pp) and Victoria: A Life by A.N. Wilson (642 pp), so it’s all baby steps. 🙂