Book World Records

Book world records contain volumes of human achievement, from the high-minded and literary (Ulysses, anyone?) to the pure physical exertion of ripping phone books in half. Books are a versatile record-setting prop, able to be stacked in towers, balanced on heads and, last of all, read.

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Longest Fictional Novel Set At Burning Man

United States

Donn’s Burning Man-centered novel, “The Man Burns Tonight”, is 353 pages long. About Burning Man: #BM2005

Most Interrogatives In A Book

United States

William Walsh’s Questionstruck contains a world record 3,883 interrogatives.

Fastest Time To Rip A Phone Book In Half

00:04 United States

Michael Martin ripped a phone book in half in 0.37 seconds.

Fastest Time To Rip Five Phone Books In Half

00:36 United States

Michael Martin ripped five phone books in half in 11.47 seconds.

Most Phone Books Placed On A Couch

United States

Alexander Dnimreven placed 174 phone books on a couch.

Most Dictionaries, Thesauruses And Encyclopedias Held At Once

United States

Austin St. held 22 encyclopedias and two dictionaries for a total of 24 books.

Largest Group Of Children To Read A Children's Book

03:45 United States

371 children read the children’s book Mudgy and Milie aloud. The record was set as part of a moose-themed event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Fastest Time For Four People To Each Read The First Four Limericks In "The Hopeful Trout And Other Limericks"

03:02 United States

Sam Klarich, Abby, Brittani, and Emily each read the first four limericks of John Ciardi’s The Hopeful Trout And Other Limericks[] in a combined two minutes, 18.92 seconds. The four limericks they read were The Elephant Boy, Goodbye Please, The Thingamajig and Keeping Busy Is Better Than Nothing.

Tallest Manga Tower

United States

Cassandra Godin built a 76-volume tower of [manga][1] books. [1]:

Most Phone Books Ripped In Half In Ten Minutes

10:17 United States

Michael Martin ripped 67 phone books in ten minutes. He attempted to rip through 71 books but four of the tears were partial. tag:RecordSetterBook01

Oldest Copyrighted Book In A Personal Library

United States

Art Hoffman’s copy of A System Of Natural Philosophy was copyrighted in May of 1838. This is the oldest book in his private collection.

Most Harry Potter Spells Named In 30 Seconds

00:41 United States

Cole Harbeck named 62 spells from the Harry Potter books in 30 seconds.

Fastest Time To Say First 100 Digits Of Pi While Twisting A Rubik's Cube And Balancing 15 Books On Head

00:41 United States

Lauren Moore recited the first 100 digits of Pi in 30.12 seconds while twisting a Rubik’s cube and balancing 15 books on her head. tag:RecordSetterBook01

Tallest Book Tower Balanced On Chest


Joshua Mallik balanced a tower of 86 books on his chest while laying on the ground. See full-sized images here, here, and here.

Most Catalogs Held At Once

United States

Kyle Lybeck held 18 office catalogs at one time.

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