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A 3-Year Blogaversary And A 3 Book Giveaway!

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Today, 101 Books celebrates three years as a blog.

I’m pretty much done potty training, which might surprise some of you considering the amount of poop I spew on this blog.

Anyway, to celebrate, I’m going to give away three books today, following my usual giveaway process, so hang around (or skip down) to the end of this post for that.

First, though, I thought it might be a good time to go through some practical/fun/statistical nerd stuff related to the blog. You might not care, and that’s fine. If so, go ahead and skip down to the giveaway.

If you’re interested, here are some fun facts about 101 Books:

  • The first post was on August 30, 2010. I wrote it while on vacation in Florida sitting on a couch looking out a window at the Atlantic Ocean.
  • To date, 101 Books has 681 posts with 14,207 comments. The blog will pass 20,000 subscribers in the next month or so (wow!).
  • The most popular post in the history of the blog remains Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules of Writing, though My 2-Year-Old Judges Books By Their Covers is trying to make a run for the top spot.
  • My favorite post is also My 2-Year-Old Judges Books By Their Covers, but I also think the 101 Books Guide to Carrying an Embarrassing Book in Public is highly underrated.
  • The top 10 non-email referrers to 101 Books are 1) search engines 2) WordPress.com Reader 3) Facebook 4) Twitter 5) StumbleUpon 6) Google Reader (now defunct) 7) Reddit 8) Story Cartel 9) Buzz Feed 10) Huffington Post
  • The top 10 countries (by total visits) to 101 Books are 1) United States 2) United Kingdom 3) Canada 4) Australia 5) India 6) Germany 7) Philippines 8) Italy 9) Ireland 10) France.
  • The top 3 search terms that lead to 101 Books are 1) disgusting words 2) the blah story 3) 101 books. To see some of the most unusual search terms, check out the Your Search Questions Answered series of posts.

Now, if you’ve made it this far, you deserve to take part in today’s giveaway to celebrate three years of 101 Books.

I’m giving away one book to three different winners. Which book? The winners will get to choose from any of the first 60 I’ve read from the Time list!

To enter, all you have to do is answer this question in the comments of today’s post:

What’s the longest novel you’ve ever read?

That’s it! I WILL NOT be posting on Monday because of Labor Day here in the United States, so you have until Tuesday morning at 7 AM U.S. Central Time to answer that question in the comments.

One more time: What’s the longest novel you’ve ever read? (My answer: A Dance To The Music Of Time)

Have a great weekend, and I’ll post the winners on Tuesday!

Thanks again for reading and supporting 101 Books for the last 3 years!

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  1. The longest book I’ve ever read – Tom Jones.

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    August 30, 2013
  2. I don’t know, I haven’t counted pages…but some of the longest novels I read in the recent past are Bleak House by Charles Dickens, The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, and the books from George R.R.Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. All books were great. I like chunksters (within reason of course…never do I plan to read Dance…) Kudos to you.

    Happy blogiversary and happy labor day weekend.

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    August 30, 2013
  3. War and Peace. My daughter also turns 3 today! Not as relaxing as sitting on a couch in Florida, as you can bet, but I also had a productive day! LOL.

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    August 30, 2013
  4. The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky was LONG. But, very very good!

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    August 30, 2013
  5. Suzanne #

    The book I’m reading now “feels” as though it’s the longest! David McCullough’s GREATER JOURNEY:AMERICANS IN PARIS. Usually I love long books.

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    August 30, 2013
  6. War and Peace. I was compelled to read it after finding out that Audrey Hepburn played in the movie (I love her as an actress), and I have (thus far in my life) never watched a movie without reading the book first.

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    August 30, 2013
  7. Congratulations!!!! I’m just like 17 months old and I am still pleasantly surprised that I am still going :-) I am a fairly new follower but I like visiting with you :-) the longest novel I have read is Don Quixote de La Mancha and I don’t like long novels :-)

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    August 30, 2013
  8. I read War and Peace in high school because I was *that* kid. Quiz me on it now and I’d absolutely fail. Was there war? Did peace ever arrive? I don’t remember.

    I’ve also read the Bible, some of which I can remember. That one has both war and peace.

    Also, huge congrats on three years! There’s much to be said for such consistency.

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    August 30, 2013
  9. Congrats on your blog. I think my favorite post of yours was the two-year-old judges books by their covers – I still chuckle over that one. I love long novels because I’m sorry to see a good story end – I googled books over 1000 pages and found that I had read many of them – the longest and my favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo – I’ve read it several times, once when I was a freshman in high school – the story resonated with me. There are so many good books out there.

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    August 30, 2013
  10. That’s a good question. I’m guessing it’s War and Peace back in high school.

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    August 30, 2013
  11. Les Mis, followed by Infinite Jest.

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    August 30, 2013
  12. Louise Allan #

    I don’t read long books. Anything over 400 pages — forget it … Also, given it’s your birthday, I’ll allow the ‘spewing poop’ mixed metaphor past the grammar police.

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    August 30, 2013
  13. Chris morales #

    Holy bible.

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    August 30, 2013
  14. Happy blogaversary, Robert!
    Hmm, I think the longest novel I have read is ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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    August 30, 2013
  15. The longes book that I ever read was “War and Peace”. It took 9 weeks. I did it on my summer vacation. You can only renew twice but I got a third extension because of the length of the book. I saw the movie later and kept thinking that they left out so much!!!

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    August 30, 2013
    • Lucille #

      And Henry Fonda was no Pierre. Just too skinny!

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      August 30, 2013
  16. The longest novel I’ve ever read was The Stand by Stephen King.

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    August 30, 2013
  17. Now I feel all mass-market, since I’m pretty sure my longest was Stephen King’s The Stand (but I could be wrong). While there are a lot of more “literary” books I love, there have been some I’ve read that FELT like the longest book ever. Perhaps that’s a side effect of working in a business that values succinct writing …

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    August 30, 2013
  18. Congratulations on three happy years! The longest book I’ve read is Atlas Shrugged (not that I would repeat the experience now that I’m, well, an adult), with Ulysses and Anna Karenina right behind!

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    August 30, 2013
  19. Does The Lord of the Rings count as a single book? If not, then probably Anna Karenina…I committed to reading that one for school without looking at it first! I was glad I had the assignment to force me to finish the book.

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    August 30, 2013
  20. I’ve read a lot of long ones! Vanity Fair, War and Peace, Les Miserables, the Bible. I don’t know which is longest though!

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    August 30, 2013
  21. The longest book? FOREVER AMBER, over 900 pages, good grief!

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    August 30, 2013
  22. Karola #

    I’m not sure, I’ve read plenty of books… I read almost everything I can. Literally ( and honestly).
    As a kid, I’ve read an encyklopaedia. And I think that’s my longest. By the way, happy anniversary! Genious idea for a blog.

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    August 30, 2013
  23. I’ve also read ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’ – though to me it was 12 separate books. I’ll need to do some arithmetic (nb not ‘math’! ;-)) to work out whether or not that’s longer than CP Snow’s eleven volume ‘Strangers and Brothers’ (although I haven’t read the final part of that). The longest book I’ve read this year would be ‘David Copperfield’.

    Congrats on your anniversary. You’re entitled to feel very satisfied with what you’ve achieved. I’m looking forward to the next,… however many it is.!And I’m sure you’ll have another project up your sleeve when you get to 101.

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    August 30, 2013
  24. I believe it was Stephen King’s 11.22.63, although Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath felt like a longer read (if only because of the turtle chapter-still not certain it was a necessary analogy). -Rebecca, Worzalla intern

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    August 30, 2013
  25. Katie #

    Congratulations! My longest read is probably A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

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    August 30, 2013
  26. Longest book I have read would probably be Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, or if you counted them all as one book, the entire series. ;-) But that would be cheating probably…

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    August 30, 2013
  27. Happy anniversary!

    Like several other readers here, I don’t count pages. I _think_ my longest book was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,

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    August 30, 2013
  28. bba #

    IJ

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    August 30, 2013
  29. I’m not sure, but probably Anna Karenina or The Faerie Queene. Today is my oldest daughter’s 9th birthday! It is a good day to be born. She made an entrance at 11:59 pm, so we always tease her that we have to wait until then to celebrate.

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    August 30, 2013
    • The Faerie Queene is such an awesome text. I saw Britomart referenced in a graphic novel once and just about fell out from surprise.

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      August 30, 2013
  30. teresa #

    The longest book: Dance to the Music of time – but only in terms of pages. The longest hauls were Gone with the Wind (oh, yuck!!!) and Infinite Jest which taxed every bit of me even as it enthralled me.

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    August 30, 2013
  31. Hmmm I think it might have been 11.22.63 by Stephen King.
    PS Congrats on 3 years!

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    August 30, 2013
  32. Hmmm. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts coming in at 944 pages I think. Soon to be superseded by Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy…

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    August 30, 2013
  33. Congrats on 3 years! I’m not sure what the longest book I’ve read is – maybe one of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books? Or Anna Karenina?

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    August 30, 2013
  34. Best I can tell, it would be Stephen King’s IT….

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    August 30, 2013
  35. It would either have to be Harry Potter or The Other Boleyn Girl

    Happy Blogaversary

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    August 30, 2013
  36. Carly #

    Hands down longest book I’ve read was In Search of Lost Time (or Remembrance of Things Past, depending on the translation) by Marcel Proust. I thought it would be the end of me…

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    August 30, 2013
  37. Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham and I loved every bit of it! :)

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    August 30, 2013
  38. Lucille #

    War and Peace with my book group over a three-month period, 1/3 for each month’s meeting. We enjoyed Russian food and drink at each meeting. Most fun ever.

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    August 30, 2013
  39. jessicaflachner #

    I’m not quite sure specifically the longest book i’ve read, but The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles is probably one of them. Great book!!

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    August 30, 2013
  40. Happy Blogaversary! I’m glad to see Philippines in your Top 10 visitors (which doesn’t really mean anything except that I’m from that country).

    The longest book that I’ve ever read is War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I’ve read it two years ago.

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    August 30, 2013
  41. Happy, Happy! Anna Karenina

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    August 30, 2013
  42. Ben #

    longest book: A Storm of Swords from the Game of Thrones Series – but I enjoyed every word of it!

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    August 30, 2013
  43. The longest book I ever read: Atlas Shrugged. Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary! I, too, very much enjoyed your post about your “guide to carrying embarrassing books in public!”

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    August 30, 2013
  44. Maybe Infinite Jest or one of the A Song of Ice and Fire Books? I’ve read plenty of books of around 900 pages, but dense books that are longer than that make me slightly apprehensive, as I like to read books in as few sittings as possible.

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    August 30, 2013
  45. Harlot’s Ghost by Norman Mailer. It’s on the CIA’s reading list…still can’t believe they have a reading list. Something like 1300 pages. Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa might be longer if the printing were a normal font on standard paper. Both excellent reads.

    Three year anniversary? Has me wondering how long I’ve been reading your blog!

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    August 30, 2013
  46. Happy blogaversary! The longest book I’ve ever read? Clarissa. 1500 pages.

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    August 30, 2013
  47. Probably Moby Dick. Worth every word.

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    August 30, 2013
  48. Dominick Sabalos #

    I think it’s just Infinite Jest. If you want less of a page count and more of an “oh my god will this book never just end” then Catcher in the Rye.

    Parabéns!

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    August 30, 2013
  49. My longest is A Game Of Thrones. Congratulations on three years.

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    August 30, 2013
  50. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (1488 pages). Thanks for the chance to win a book from your list!

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    August 30, 2013
  51. Congratulations! And I love blog stats (just not mine). Thanks for sharing.

    My longest book read is Gone with the Wind.

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    August 30, 2013
  52. Whoffs #

    I think it would be American Gods by Neil Gaiman. There might be longer but it’s the longest book that I’ve read that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.
    Congrats no 3 years!

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    August 30, 2013
  53. Atlas Shrugged. Also my least favorite book I’ve ever read… I think other books might have been longer, but that one felt like it took a hundred years to finish.

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    August 30, 2013
  54. Patrice #

    (Not counting the Bible) it would probably be something by Michener. Either Chesapeake or The Source … all of his are lengthy! Congrats and thanks (to you and your family) for the enjoyable posts!

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    August 30, 2013
    • sylviemarieheroux #

      Oh my, I have not thought of Michener in years! But it was a staple of my high school years: The Source, Chesapeake, The Covenant, Space, Centennial, Tales of the South Pacific… Loved all of them!

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  55. Congratulations on your 3-year blog birthday!

    I’m not 100% sure which book I’ve read was the longest, but I think it was Lord of the Rings (my copy was all 3 “books” in 1 + appendices and such). That might be cheating, though… so it might actually be one of the other epic fantasies from the Song of Ice & Fire or Wheel of Time series.

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    August 30, 2013
  56. By word count, Moby Dick. By page count, The Stand. Congrats on three years, this blog has been consistently excellent.

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    August 30, 2013
  57. Congrats on three years! It really flies doesn’t it? You don’t have to enter me in the giveaway as I still haven’t read The French Lieutenant’s Woman but I will answer that Les Miserables is the longest book I’ve read at just under 1800 pages!

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    August 30, 2013
  58. Congrats on the three-year blogaversary!

    Longest book: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. My current copy has 1,474 pages. Loved every bit of it and actually would like to read it again someday.

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    August 30, 2013
  59. Carey #

    Hmmm, Gone With the Wind, War & Peace, Under the Dome….

    Congrats on 3 years well done!

    Carey
    chab256(at)yahoo.com

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    August 30, 2013
  60. Happy blogaversary!
    The Power Broker, by Rober Caro was the longest… but Moby Dick and Under the Volcano were, by far, THE longest!

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    August 30, 2013
  61. Congrats on the 3-year Blogaversary!
    I’ve yet to break the 1000-word mark, I’m thinking the 849 pages of 11/22/63 would be my longest so far. That being said, they were 849 quickly turned pages, great stuff!

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    August 30, 2013
  62. Denise #

    Happy Birthday 101 Books. I love this blog, so thanks for writing it. I haven’t counted pages or kept track of the longest books I’ve read, but I think Anna Karenina is up there, as well as Infinite Jest, and The Path Between the Seas, which is history and not a novel, but is still really long. And I’ve been meaning to tackle War & Peace but can’t claim it yet. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    August 30, 2013
  63. Not entirely sure, but I think The Lord of the Rings is the longest book I’ve read. Congratulations on your third anniversary and thanks for the entertaining and informative blog!

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    August 30, 2013
  64. Atlas Shrugged, without a doubt.

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    August 30, 2013
  65. Happy 3rd anniversary! I have read so many long books it would be hard to pick but an interesting question. Have a safe holiday!

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    August 30, 2013
  66. R Cawkwell #

    The Lord of the Rings one volume edition. I read it so many times it fell apart. I now have the three individual books although I still prefer the unity of the single volume.
    Happy 3rd blogaversary!

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    August 30, 2013
  67. Teresa Garcia #

    Congrats on the anniversary! The longest book I’ve read would be War and Peace.
    Love the blog! Keep up the good work!

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    August 30, 2013
  68. The longest novel I’ve ever read could be one of a few; I’ve never counted the pages. (I could’ve just googled the answer to the page count question, but my answer wouldn’t be as nice, and it’s never that simple.)
    The first option would be Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, which may not actually be that long, but it seemed like it was at the time that I read it.
    The second would be The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.
    The last would be A Dance With Dragons in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Although I don’t think that really counts, since I still haven’t finished it, even though I started reading it when it first came out.

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  69. The longest novel I’ve read could be one of a few choices; I’ve never actually counted the page numbers. (I could have just googled it, but where’s the fun and honesty in that?)
    The first would be Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Now I don’t actually know if it measures up, but when I read it in 6th grade, it didn’t seem like there could have been a longer book in the world. Except for the Bible…
    The second would be The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.
    The last would be A Dance of Dragons by George R.R. Martin. I don’t think that it really counts, though, because I have yet to finish it.

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    August 30, 2013
  70. East of Eden

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  71. Emily #

    Hmmmm im not sure, recently it was 1963 by Stephen King which was 850 something but i feel there has to be one that was more. congrats on 3 years!!

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    August 30, 2013
  72. sylviemarieheroux #

    Congrats on the 3rd blogaversary! Keep going, you are an inspiration.

    Longest reads: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrit Undset, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and I’ve read the three Robertson Davies trilogies in one-volume sets. Does trilogies in a book count? You’re holding the same heavy thing for a long time.

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    August 30, 2013
  73. Congratulations! Longest book… Anna Karenina! That Tolstoy sure had a lot to say… enjoy Labor Day, from a fellow American, reader, writer, marathoner!

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    August 30, 2013
  74. Atlas shrugged, long, eternal and unforgetable. I still have nightmares….
    Congratulations!

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    August 30, 2013
  75. My longest was Stephen King’s “The Stand” at 1153 pages.

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  76. Happy three years! :D
    I usually have to muster more motivation than I can to read something longer than 500 pages. The longest book I’ve ever read is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Amazing, amazing read.

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    August 30, 2013
  77. Congratulations! I think the longest book I’ve ever read is Les Misérables..

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    August 30, 2013
  78. Happy Birthday (Anniversary?)!

    The longest book I’ve ever read is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. (And I see the comment above me has as well!)

    Cheers :)

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    August 30, 2013
  79. Les Mis, I think. Unless Walter Benjamin’s “The Arcades Project” qualifies. I can’t profess to having read every word, but it’s filled with marginalia from my semester studying his work. I’m only half-way through War and Peace. If I ever pick it up again, I’ll have to start from the beginning.

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    August 30, 2013
  80. cindychangca #

    The Bible from cover to cover. 1048 pages. I love your blog! Congrats on the milestone.

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    August 31, 2013
  81. Happy Blogaversary! Three years is impressive! Off the top of my head I would guess that the longest book I’ve read is probably Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates.

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    August 31, 2013
  82. Happy Blogaversary! I´m happy to see Germany is in your statistics as well! The longest book I´ve read so far is “The Time of our Singing” by Richard Powers. I´ve read it in german for that´s my mother tongue, and German translations are always much longer than the English originals. So this one has 765 pages.

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    August 31, 2013
    • Oh I forgot about Les Miserable. Much longer but it didn´t feel like that. By the way my next super long read will be Pynchon´s Gravity´s Rainbow. Also in german which means it´s 1194 pages :-(

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  83. Happy blogging anniversary!

    I think the longest book I’ve read is probably The Lord of the Rings or possibly Anna Karenina. Is LotR longer than Anna Karenina? I’m not sure and I don’t have both books in front of me to check.

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    August 31, 2013
  84. hmm, maybe either the bible, Anna Karenina, or gone with the wind. Assuming trilogies are excluded

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    August 31, 2013
  85. Happy Blogging Anniversary!

    I *think* the longest novel I’ve ever read is Infinite Jest (which I’m almost done reading for the SECOND time).

    I’ve read a ton of huge books, though–I love chunksters.

    (Maybe Les Mis is longer than IJ? I’ve read that, too.)

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    August 31, 2013
  86. jc #

    Longest book i have ever read…Anna karenina, and i read it in 7th grade during a cross country flight. I had nothing else better to do!

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    August 31, 2013
  87. Brady #

    House of Leaves, although a few pages only have on sentence.

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    August 31, 2013
  88. The longest novel I’ve read is probably Anna Karenina…the book I bought had a terrible little font that made it even longer to read! :)
    Congratulations on the 3rd blogversay!

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    August 31, 2013
  89. katgirl08 #

    The longest book I’ve read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Such a great book!

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    August 31, 2013
  90. Longest book: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

    Fingers crossed for the giveaway!

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    August 31, 2013
  91. onsiu #

    The longest book that I read is Lord Of The Rings.

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    September 1, 2013
  92. Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Loved almost every word of it. Think I need to get back to Dostoevsky–a favorite here apparently. Fun, great post, Robert!

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    September 1, 2013
  93. JadedPsyche #

    The longest book I ever read was The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie.

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    September 1, 2013
  94. Andy G #

    House of Leaves, as one other reader commented. I assume we’re not including text books, right?

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    September 1, 2013
  95. “Gai-Jin” by James Clavell. My copy was over 1500 pages. Whether it wins in terms of total number of words I don’t know. “Noble House” by the same author was over 1400 pages, “Whirlwind” over 1300 and “Shogun” over 1200. In comparison, “Taipan” was less than 800, making it short in comparison.

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    September 2, 2013
  96. “A Prayer for Own Meany” might be the longest book I have read.

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    September 2, 2013
  97. I know I missed the deadline…by an hour! :(…but the longest book I’ve ever read is either Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, or The Bronze Horseman. Not sure what the number of pages is for the paperback of HP…the hardcover is 896…but the number of pages for TBH is 832.

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    September 3, 2013
  98. Dennis Shamblin #

    You should read “Surviving Bigfoot and the Dixie Mafia” because it’s a great book.

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    September 4, 2013
  99. AnnaZed #

    ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ by Marcel Proust (I think – and this is if you can count these multiple book things – 4,215 pages).

    If we are talking about single books I would have thought ‘Infinite Jest’ (1,104 pages) but looking it up I find that ‘Miss McIntosh My Darling’ (which I own!) is longer (1,198 pages) -so that one. She’s even pictured as the sort of poster-child for super long books on the Wikipedia page. Truth be told the narrative gets a bit thin in the middle sections.

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    September 5, 2013

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