BTT: Heaviest

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What’s the largest, thickest, heaviest book you ever read? Was it because you had to? For pleasure? For school?

Generally speaking that’s a hard one to answer because I’ve read a lot of heavy and large books. I don’t usually read based on size, but on story, so I’ll go with what I’ve read in the last year instead and I think that would be The Old Kingdom Chronicles by Garth Nix (the omnibus version) which comes to a total of 1364 pages.

I’m not sure it was the heaviest though because I have read books smaller than that which are heavier. I have a copy of The Memory Cathedral by Jack Dann that is much smaller and is pretty heavy considering its size. I also have an ARC of The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell that weighs a tonne and I have put off reading because of it.

I’m digressing though… I can’t figure out what is the heaviest, but that was the largest and I really enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a really large and heavy book for anything but pleasure, unless you count encyclopaedias and dictionaries. Even then, even though it was for knowledge, I enjoyed reading those immensely too.