Monday, August 14, 2017

[Book Tag] The Longest Book Tag

Book Tag of The Longest Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Ditsha at Bewitchingly Paranoid. I was tagged by Elise at The Roaming Reader. Please take a moment to check out her lovely blog!

My answers will be based on books that I have added to my Goodreads shelves. I'm sure I'm missing some of the longer books I read before I joined the platform, but that's alright!

Let's get started!

The Longest Book Tag

The rules:
1. Make a list of five of the longest books you’ve read.
2. Select two of the longest books on your TBR.
3. Discuss
4. Tag others

The five longest books I have read:

Number of pages: 1,074

Synopsis:
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

My thoughts:
I LOVED this book! As I was in college and working multiple jobs, I only had time to read while at the gym. Luckily I had a ebook copy of this, so I was able to easily hold my Kindle while using the cardio machines. There is also a TV series based on the books that I quite enjoyed as well!


Number of pages: 870

Synopsis
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...

My thoughts:
While I have read all of the Harry Potter books, this is the only one that I will put on this list :) This specific book is the Harry Potter book that I never finished the first time around because I couldn't stand how Harry was acting (though it was totally understandable of course, for what he had been going through). The next time around, I focused less on Harry's attitude and more on the way Hermione shut him down every time and I felt much better about it. I can't believe how much I missed by not finishing it the first time! Phew!!


Number of pages: 827

Synopsis: 
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

My thoughts: 
I loved this book! When I picked it up from the library I was shocked to see that it was over 800 pages long! It certainly didn't seem that long! The storyline had me totally hooked each time I picked up the book and read. I loved all the twists and turns, even though some of it was a bit predictable (which is totally understandable from the fairy tale side of things). I highly recommend this entire series. 


Number of pages: 752

Synopsis:
No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

My thoughts:
Oh my goodness. This book. I HIGHLY recommend it. I honestly think that the description doesn't do it justice. Thank goodness I started this on a Friday and ended on Monday night, because once I picked it up, I was hooked immediately. I had to force myself to put it down to get anything done around the house. When I needed to work on Monday, I had to make sure the book was tucked away upstairs so I wouldn't keep wandering over to it to just read "one" quick chapter during my breaks. 

The idea of the Dragonscale (and later learning how it travels to infect the hosts) absolutely fascinated me. The writing style was fantastic. Many times throughout the story (and right up until the very end!) I felt myself getting wicked anxious. No matter what was going on, I needed to read on to see what happened next. I really loved or absolutely despised each of the well developed characters- there didn't seem to be an in-between (which I love). I also loved the dashes of humor and pop culture references mixed in with the horror and action. The storyline over all was incredibly well-paced. Sure, there were some bits that could be considered "slow", but I felt that after all the action, these slower parts were refreshing! 

I would have happily continued to read 700 MORE pages. 


Number of pages: 740

Synopsis:
When forty-seven-year-old high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his younger wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum returns home to Three Rivers, Connecticut, to be with his aunt who has just had a stroke. But Maureen finds herself in the school library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed, as two vengeful students go on a carefully premeditated, murderous rampage. Miraculously she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. Caelum and Maureen flee Colorado and return to an illusion of safety at the Quirk family farm in Three Rivers. But the effects of chaos are not so easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.

My thoughts:
I read this while in high school. I remember it being incredibly heartbreaking, but also so powerful. However, I have not re-read it since to see if my thoughts have changed.

Two of the longest books on my TBR:

It by Stephen King
Number of pages: 1,116

Synopsis:
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.


Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Number of pages: 1006

Synopsis:
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England--until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.



Who I Tag:

As always, not worries if you do not want to participate! But if you do, I'd love to see your answers!

AmyNikita at A Magical World Of Words
Barb at Booker T’s Farm: Books & Nails & Puppy Dog Tales
Dinh at Arlene's Book Club
Erica Watkins at The Literary Apothecary
Heather at Heather's Reading Hideaway
Lauren Stoolfire at Always Me
Lonna at FLYLeF
Mikael at the well-thumbed reader
Sassy at Alternative-Read


Thanks for reading!
What is the longest book you have ever read?

22 comments:

  1. I don't read big books very often but I kinda want to check out Stephen King's UNDER THE DOME. I have a sorta-like/hate relationship with him ever since he said my fave Stephenie Meyer "couldn't write worth a damn". Yeah, #disrespectful. Lol. But he's a legend, so I guess he's worth checking out at least once.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ugh yeah... he can be quite opinionated lol

      Delete
  2. I just checked my Goodreads list and the longest book I've read on there is The Fiery Cross (Outlander) at 1,443 pages! All the books in that series are so long! I enjoyed Under The Dome, Harry Potter, and Winter, too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Phew! I haven't gotten into the Outlander series yet. I'm glad you liked some of the books I picked!! :)

      Delete
  3. I didn't know Winter was 800+ pages! I've only read Cinder and own Scarlet but I hope to finish that series one day.
    My brother loaned me Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and said it was good so I should read it, but I never really think about it so didn't put it on my TBR section. It kinda just sits on my shelf lonely and unread right now... XD

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Winter is so deceptive!! I FLEW right through it! :)

      Delete
  4. I haven't read any of the books on your list. I do have quite a few of them on my tbr list though. I have read quite a few really long books. It is so much easier to do now that kindles are around. I remember holding huge heavy books that my kids called bricks :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my gosh, thank goodness for Kindles!! :)

      Delete
  5. Ha! Yes, I remember reading under the dome in my lunch breaks, sneaking 30 mins a day with a hefty hardcover!

    Great post :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my gosh, carrying around that sucker must have been quite a workout!! :)

      Delete
  6. I have Winter on my TBR but since I've only read Cinder, it will be a while before I get to it. I really enjoyed Under the Dome but I recall not liking the ending. It was such a good book but I was a tad disappointed. I think the longest books on my TBR are either Stephen King or books from the Game of Throne series. I read IT years ago and keep meaning to do a re-read soon. Great list and I'll have to work on mine soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Lunar Chronicles! I really enjoyed them. I actually can't remember the ending to Under the Dome, now that you mention it... Perhaps I'm due for a re-read! :)

      Delete
  7. Harry and It seems to make it to most of the lists! :D

    ReplyDelete
  8. And this is yet another reminder that I have not read the Lunar books. Perhaps it's their length which intimidates me - because, yeah, I am a wimp when it comes to lengthy books. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! I hear ya, they can be daunting! Luckily with the Lunar Chronicles, you get hooked and it flies right by!

      Delete
  9. Thanks for tagging me! I've read a lot of these, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is awesome on audio!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Okay, I'm loving this too. I'm going to have to do one of my own =) ♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :-D I'd love to see it when you post! :)

      Delete