(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)
Sizewise, the biggest book I’ve read recently is definitely Little Women. That sucker clocks in at 595 pages in my twenty-year old Dell Yearling Classics edition, a respectable number for any book, children’s or adult. However, it’s also the heavy looking at popularity figures, with over eight thousand copies on LibraryThing, dwarfing by far the next closest contender, Everything is Illuminated (in the four thousand range).
I was a little surprised at how poorly the two Little House books that I’ve recently read did for numbers on LibraryThing, but I suspect that they perform consistently well on Amazon and at other retailers–though how long that will be the case is open to question considering the continued dilution and degradation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s work.
Just over two weeks ago, When Christ and His Saints Slept came in at 746 pages–which might actually be my record since beginning this blog endeavor–but that is just out of range of what I’ll consider recent. Plus, for sheer worldwide numbers, I am confident that Little Women has it beat, as much as I enjoy Penman.
Edit: I checked, and yes, When Christ and His Saints Slept seems to be beating every other volume out so far, barely edging out Mordant’s Need as long as we consider them two separate volumes.