Today is a tribute to doorstops, bricks, and what many consider a waste of perfectly good paper. I am referring to books that are gigantic. Books that have comparable thickness and width. Books whose spines break by the time you reach page 400 because they disintegrate from the strain. Stories that take so long to tell that they make your neck and wrists ache from trying to hold them up in bed.
But it’s fairly easy to name a really, really long book. What I’d like to do today is discuss the longest books that I/we/you feel are actually worth reading, whether it’s because they’re edifying, entertaining, hilarious, educational, or all of the above.
- The Passage by Justin
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Terror by Dan Simmons
- Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
- Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (kettlebells make an appearance in this book)
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Interesting…I’m trying to come up with more modern books, but the 1000 page novel really isn’t what sells, unless it’s Tom Clancy. I’m sure there are more, but I’ll be hornswaggled (sorry, I just watched a WWE documentary and there is a leprechaun named Hornswaggle) if I can think of any.
Maybe you can. Ready, aim, set your brains to “nerd,” and go.