This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Big

Booking through Thursday is hosted by Deb over at Wordpress.

Q: What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently?
(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)

If we're talking biggest in size then The Sunne in Splendour (944 pages) by Sharon Kay Penman is the winner, followed by her When Christ and his Saints Slept (784 pages).

I absolutely loved Sunne and was so disappointed when it ended. It could have been another 100 pages or more and I would not have cared. And of course, even though I knew what was coming at the end, I still wanted to cry and wished that somehow, history could change. If a book is really good, really pulls you in, you usually do not notice if it is actually a really big book in size.

You've always heard the old saying "Don't judge a book by its cover." Well, we need to add to that "Don't judge a book by its size" as well. I've certainly found that some really short little books are absolutely horrible and a waste of my reading time.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure but probably either "The Greatest Knight" or "The Scarlet Lion" by Elizabeth Chadwick -- both of those went by fast. Another fairly long one was "I, Mona Lisa" (which I only expected to like but ended up loving). I have all of Ms. Penman's books but have only read "Sunne" so far -- but it's one of my favorite novels of all time.