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Question: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?I don't keep up with page count very often. I read the books I want to read regardless of length. Mostly I read young adult, which is normally shorter (though there are plenty of exceptions).
Probably the longest book I've read is Gone With the Wind. Which despite not normally being a romance reader I absolutely love. There's the excellent backdrop of the civil war, Scarlett O'Hara's Irish sensibility about land (which I relate to, being Appalachian and partially Irish) but mostly there is Rhett Butler (and thankfully Clark Gable as Rhett Butler). Clark Gable is my old Hollywood crush. Gone with the Wind is a romance, but it's not a happy story or a contrived story. It's one of the few books that pulls off an unlikable main character. There are times that I hate Scarlett. But you have to admire her courage and savvy, especially considering the time period she lived it. (But you don't have to like her using men or motherhood skills)
Because one Clark Cable picture isn't enough
Another long book favorite is East of Eden. I can't pretend to remember it very well because it's been years since I've read it. But mainly I remember thinking it was brilliant and thought provoking. It delved into whether you can choose to be good or whether someone can be born evil. It also gave us, in my opinion, James Deans best performance. This is a must read and must see combo.
Unnecessary but don't pretend you aren't happy it's included.
I've read some other long books. Harry Potter, which I love, comes to mind. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell also pops into mind. It took me two tries to read that book. Even though I found the world building fascinating, the actual reading felt tedious to me. I studied journalism in college so I often find myself frustrated with unnecessary words. Sometimes it feels like a book overstays its welcome, length-wise and I find myself looking for a red pen.