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Dec 26, 2019, 4:17pm Top

As you finish a Big Fat Book please leave a message about the book you have just read and hopefully we will read 100 or more BIG FAT BOOKS this year.

Edited: Dec 29, 2019, 5:59am Top

Thanks >1 johnsimpson: As we are calling BFBs any book with 500+ pages this year I bet we exceed this target. 😊

Dec 29, 2019, 5:11am Top

>2 Andrew-theQM: Definitely! I know I had 10+ books last year that were over 500.

Dec 30, 2019, 9:35am Top

Question. I am reading a paperback with 597 pages. Will this count if it is a paperback?

Dec 30, 2019, 10:44am Top

>4 mnleona: I think as long aS it has over 500 Pages it will count for 2020, whatever format it is in.

Dec 30, 2019, 3:03pm Top

>4 mnleona: I even count audiobooks. I go to Amazon, find out what the page number is in the written form, and if it's equivalent to over 500 pages, I will count it!

Dec 30, 2019, 3:11pm Top

>4 mnleona: >6 tess_schoolmarm: Sounds fair enough to me, and I do the same.

Dec 30, 2019, 4:33pm Top


Jan 2, 1:02pm Top

1. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson 🎵 (reader: Michael Kramer) Series: Mistborn #2 pages: 815

Jan 2, 1:44pm Top

>9 majkia: Congrats on #1!

2. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset 1168 pages

Jan 2, 2:46pm Top

>10 tess_schoolmarm: yeah, what a surprise! I scanned the thread three times, not believing I was #1!

Jan 3, 12:04pm Top

>9 majkia: >10 tess_schoolmarm: You ladies are awesome!

Jan 3, 1:36pm Top

3. The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton 528 Pages

Edited: Jan 3, 7:21pm Top

04. Light in August by William Faulkner = Knopf Doubleday paperback, 528p.

Jan 6, 1:23pm Top

6. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, 694 pp

A quick read and quite enjoyable at 3.7/5 (review on my 2020 ROOT Challenge thread).

Jan 6, 2:44pm Top

Edited: Jan 15, 4:07pm Top

8. 2019 - ☊ Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury - 567 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/6/2020
This book is an alternate reality which asks "What if The Ottoman Empire won the battle of Vienna in 1683?" What would the world look like today? I enjoyed learning about the history of The Ottoman Empire and found the plot to be very believable. I found the characters of Rasheed, Kamal, Taymoor, Nisreen and Ramazan to be very well-drawn. I thought Nisreen was very courageous in wanting to travel back in time in order to change some things. The Tattooed Man was very unique and quite chilling at times. I found the book to be a page turner although there were some slow parts. Towards the end, the story took off and did not let go until the very end. I have never read a Raymond Khoury book but look forward to reading some of his other books. I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction with a touch of fantasy. I would like to thank Bookishfirst.com for a free book for an honest review.

Edited: Jan 10, 1:32pm Top

09. The Rainbow by DHLawrence (1915) = paperback, 544p. (Oxford University Press edition)

Jan 9, 2:06am Top

10. The Overstory by Richard Powers 512 pages

Edited: Jan 9, 9:24pm Top


Title: Babylon's Ashes
Series: The Expanse
By: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Lenght: 19:58/576 pages
Owned: 848 days
Rating: ★★★★½
This is a series that I've been working my way through for a while. I enjoy them, but because I am so invested in the character it's taxing to read. I'm always worried someone I care about it going to die. Again.

Jan 9, 5:04pm Top

12. Russka by Edward Rutherfurd 1168 pages

Jan 10, 6:31pm Top

Jan 11, 9:43am Top

14. Der nasse Fisch by Volker Kutscher. 543 pages

Jan 13, 2:15am Top

15. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 512 Pages

Jan 14, 5:20pm Top

16. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card 592 pages

Edited: Jan 15, 3:59am Top

17. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte, 534 pages

Jan 15, 12:09pm Top

18. Blonde: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates = audiobook; paperback, 752p. (HarperCollins)

Edited: Jan 15, 4:07pm Top

19. 2011 - ☊ The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler - 592 Pgs. - ★★★ - 1/11/2020
Tumba Sweden. Triple homicide. One surviving witness is a young boy. DI Joona Linna asks Dr Erik Bark to hypnotize boy. Terrifying events unfurl. Dr. Bark’s son is kidnapped. His marriage is on the rocks. Dr. Bark is also a drug addict. Dark story. Slow start. Main plot gets sidetracked too many times and makes book too

Edited: Jan 15, 4:07pm Top

20. 1985 - ☊ Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follett - 508 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/14/2020
Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman. 2 men opposite sides, a woman torn between them. A deadly romantic triangle, a mission with global stakes. The Russians want to assassinate Masud, leader of the Afghan guerrilla force. A gripping, masterful plot which keeps you on the edge of your seat. Audio narration was excellent. Intriguing characters. It‘s a love story and a struggle for freedom. Recommended.

Edited: Jan 15, 4:08pm Top

21. 1983 - On Wings With Eagles by Ken Follett - 500 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/15/2020
When two of his American employees were held hostage in Iran, H. Ross Perot and a select group of his employees took matters into their own hands. Only Ross Perot could make this happen. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared. . . .
This is a fast-paced adventure story that kept the pages turning until the very end. Only Follett could write this book and do it justice. Hard to believe that it is a true story but I do remember when it happened in 1978. This book is not to be missed. It is a marvelous rare read!

Edited: Jan 17, 8:24am Top

>31 EadieB: I have added to my TBR list. I really do not remember this happening.

Edited: Jan 21, 2:44pm Top

22. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 534 pages

Edited: Yesterday, 11:29am Top

23. Ancestral Night Elizabeth Bear - 512 pages

Edited: Jan 19, 8:41pm Top

>33 LisaMorr:
>34 majkia:
Those should be 22. and 23. respectively. FYI. Maybe we can keep our dense description limited to our own threads in this group, and keep this thread streamlined for simplicity with the three biggies; title, author, page count.

24. The House by the Churchyard by J.Sheridan Le Fanu = paperback, 518p.

Jan 21, 12:27pm Top

Jan 21, 2:45pm Top

>35 frahealee: Thank you - fixed.

Jan 22, 8:36am Top

26. ✔1997 - ☊ Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1) by Kathy Reichs - 560 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/22/2020
TV show, Bones, is based upon this series. Tempe Brennan, Quebec‘s director of forensic anthropology, is in search of a serial killer which has killed her best friend and has her daughter in mortal danger. A slow beginning but fascinating look of working in a coroner‘s office. Harrowing plot and characters. Impeccable writing and suspenseful. Looking forward to book 2 and recommended to those who love gripping thrillers.

Jan 22, 4:53pm Top

27. Chesapeake by James A. Michener, 1132 Pages.

Jan 23, 9:51pm Top

28. The Mahabharata by Vyasa, 791 pages.

Jan 24, 9:08pm Top

29. The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud, 548 pages.

Jan 25, 2:24am Top

30. The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler 616 Pages

Edited: Yesterday, 9:15am Top

31. American Gods by Neil Gaiman 632 pages

Yesterday, 11:28am Top

32.City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty - 544 pages

Yesterday, 1:42pm Top

33. The Winner by David Baldacci 592 Pages


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