One of my favorite memories is of when I was still in grade school, my grandma made us this huge 36 gallon-sized bag full of caramel popcorn to eat during Christmas Break. Every chance I got, in between chores - which my parents thankfully made sure my brothers and I all had plenty of - I would go and get a big bowl full of this delicious treat, find my current favorite book, and go curl up on my bed and read to my heart's content. One of my favorite books ever is Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. My dad gave this book to me when I was about 11 years old, I think. If you have seen the movie you know that the playing time is about 3 hours. Long movie. If you have never seen an original copy of the book, like mine is, let me tell you, it is a very long book.
Without going and getting the book out of my 16 year-old daughter's room (she is currently reading it, and loves it, too) I want to say it is about 800 pages long, tiny print, single spaced with double columns on each page. I don't think I have ever seen another book laid out quite the same way.
This is the oldest book that I own, printed in 1936.
No, wait! The oldest book I own is a hymn book, printed around 1889. However, I have not owned it for nearly as long.
But that's a whole 'nuther story.
What's the oldest book that you own?