2020 BIG FAT BOOKS RUNNING TOTAL
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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.
Thanks >1 johnsimpson: As we are calling BFBs any book with 500+ pages this year I bet we exceed this target. 😊
>2 Andrew-theQM: Definitely! I know I had 10+ books last year that were over 500.
Question. I am reading a paperback with 597 pages. Will this count if it is a paperback?
>4 mnleona: I think as long aS it has over 500 Pages it will count for 2020, whatever format it is in.
>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!
1. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson 🎵 (reader: Michael Kramer) Series: Mistborn #2 pages: 815
>10 tess_schoolmarm: yeah, what a surprise! I scanned the thread three times, not believing I was #1!
3. The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton 528 Pages
04. Light in August by William Faulkner = Knopf Doubleday paperback, 528p.
6. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, 694 pp
A quick read and quite enjoyable at 3.7/5 (review on my 2020 ROOT Challenge thread).
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.
09. The Rainbow by DHLawrence (1915) = paperback, 544p. (Oxford University Press edition)
Title: Babylon's Ashes
Series: The Expanse
By: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Lenght: 19:58/576 pages
Owned: 848 days
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.
15. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 512 Pages
18. Blonde: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates = audiobook; paperback, 752p. (HarperCollins)
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
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.
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!
>31 EadieB: I have added to my TBR list. I really do not remember this happening.
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.
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.
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