BTT: Heavy

Mount Everest from Kalapatthar.

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

The heaviest books I’ve read–not counting the Bible or dictionaries–are probably by Stephen King. I know It clocks in around 1100 pages, and so does The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut.

This year, I’m finally tackling a book that has loomed ahead of me, like Mt. Everest, for years: War and Peace . This edition comes close to 1300 pages, so I expect that will become my new record-holder.

Funnily enough, the longest books I’ve read are usually not for school, and as a teacher, that makes sense–why spend classroom time on a 700-page book when you can read two 350-page books? But I think there’s a connection between how many young adult books are parts of series–I think young readers enjoy escaping to the same world time and again, but I wonder if it aids their reading skills in some way too. Definitely food for thought.

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  1. Interesting thought? Do you ever wonder if reading the same books in a series hinders their reading skills at all by not allowing them to broaden their horizons? Though I must admit I’m glad there are so many series out there these days that are making young readers passionate about reading.

    • I’m glad to see readers passionate about literature too, and I think they get a huge sense of accomplishment from saying they’ve read all the books in a series. I also wonder if the reassuring aspect of knowing they’ll like another book in that same series helps keep them engaged in reading–picking a disappointing book is frustrating enough as adults, you know? The “broadening horizons” question is definitely an interesting one, though–how is the best way to achieve that with young reader?

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