Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we have fun making bookish lists. I’m going off-topic again this week, as I want to revisit the Big Book Tag and look at the doorstops on my TBR.
The Big Book Tag was started by Ditsha at Bewitchingly Paranoid: what are the 5 biggest books you’ve read, and the 2 biggest on your TBR? I decided to make this into 2 Top Ten Tuesday posts – I looked at the Doorstops I’ve Read a couple weeks ago, so now it’s time to look at my TBR…
I said last time that I don’t love doorstops as much as I used to, so Mount TBR weighs rather less than the book mountains of my past (these metaphors are getting awfully mixed, aren’t they? Should I stop? I should stop). However, there are still a few biggies left to conquer…
The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett (1,088 pages)
This isn’t my usual fare, but I’ve heard so many good things about it over the years – and it was a great favourite of my grandmother, who passed away recently, so I think I will bump it up the reading list in her honour.
Reamde – Neal Stephenson (1,055 pages)
Mr Stephenson does tend towards doorstops, and I’ve been sat on this one for a while. A return to cyberpunk with a drama set in a world of MMORPGs, it should be right up my street when I’ve got a month to do nothing but read.
Ship of Magic – Robin Hobb (880 pages)
I’m the weirdo who was bored to tears by the Farseer trilogy, but I picked up Ship of Magic anyway because everyone tells me Hobb is wonderful – and a few suggested I might get on better with the Liveships. I, uh, didn’t realise how big it was when I bought it. The hidden dangers of Kindles!
The Golden Bough – James George Frazer (858 pages)
A classic work examining religion, rituals and magic around the world – now mostly discredited, but I’ve been intrigued to read it for years. I’ve also got a copy of Robert Graves’s The White Goddess – all for a pet project I need to dust off.
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton (848 pages)
I have an unwritten rule that if I buy a book as a present that I haven’t read, I ought to read it too – this was a gift to my mother-out-law (who said it was almost as physically big as she is. Oops), and my penance is well overdue. This is a historical novel and ghost story set in 19th century New Zealand – I’m intrigued and intimidated. SO BIG.
The Sagas of Icelanders – Jane Smiley (782 pages)
I carried this book all around Iceland – twice – but am yet to read it. BUT I WANT TO. This collects some of the greats, but I think I need to approach it as a collection of novellas to work my way through it. Maybe if I do one saga per month through the winter? That seems appropriate…
Gnomon – Nick Harkaway (704 pages)
I’m a big Harkaway fan, so I’m really looking forward to sinking my chops into his latest tome. I bet it doesn’t feel like 700 pages…
The Complete Robot – Isaac Asimov (688 pages)
A gift from a friend who believes in my desire (if not necessarily my commitment) to read more classic SF, this is a collection of shorts and novellas – but what a collection at nearly 700 pages!
River of Shadows – Robert V S Redick (655 pages)
The third in the Chathrand Voyage, I’ve got this in the epic trade edition so it’s been sat on my shelf for 4 years waiting for me to spend enough time in the gym to actually lift it.
The Golem and the Djinni – Helene Wecker (646 pages)
Two unlikely creatures find each other in turn of the century New York: what a magical concept (and having read Wecker’s work in The Djinn Falls in Love I’m even more intrigued to read her well-regarded debut).
So there’s still some hefty volumes in my future! What’s the biggest book in your TBR pile?