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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141 Records Found

10:17 United States

Most Phone Books Ripped In Half In Ten Minutes

Michael Martin

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

00:41 United States

Most Harry Potter Spells Named In 30 Seconds

Cole Harbeck

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

03:25 United States

Longest Time To Balance 15 Books On Top Of Head While Sitting In A Chair

Brian Pankey

Brian Pankey balanced 15 books on top of his head while sitting in a chair for 24.65 seconds.

01:03 United States

Longest "RecordSetter Book Of World Records" Book Domino Chain

Malcolm U

Malcolm U. made a domino chain using 26 copies of the [RecordSetter Book Of World Records][1] and successfully made the entire chain topple during a stop on the [RecordSetter book][2] tour. [1]: [2]:

01:08 United States

Most Times Saying "Moo" To A Picture Of A Cow In A Book In 30 Seconds

Alexa Dicken

Alexa D. said "moo" to a picture of a cow in a book 174 times in 30 seconds.

01:44 United States

Largest Group Of People Reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" At Once

Kasson Public Library

As part of the "Dream Big - Read" summer reading program, members of Kasson Public Library gathered 15 people to simultaneously read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.

01:32 England

Longest Olympic-Themed Breeze Block Domino Chain

Responsible Fishing UK

In partnership with Newham Barnsley, the Wayne Sables Project made a domino chain using 500 breeze blocks and successfully made the entire chain topple. The Newham Barnsley Partnership is a unique approach to delivering a legacy from the games across the UK and using the excitement and passion of the Olympics to inspire and connect.

01:31 United States

Most Young Adult Authors Reading At Once

Josh Berk

Led by Josh Berk, a total of 35 young adult authors read Touched by Cyn Balog at once. The record was set during the 2012 YA Festival at the Easton Area Public Library in Easton, Pennsylvania.

05:26 England

Most Catches Juggling Three Balls In A Cascade Pattern While Balancing A Book On Head

Richard Wilson

Richard W. completed 1,050 catches while juggling three balls in a cascade pattern and balancing a book on his head.

United States

Longest Time Holding 30 Books In One Hand

Simon Perkins

Simon Perkins held 30 books in his hand for one minute, 19.98 seconds.

06:26 England

Most Quiz Books Published By A Single Author

Chris Cowlin

Chris Cowlin published 119 quiz books. Read more about the feat here.

01:11 France

Fastest Time To Read A Page From "The Swiss Family Robinson" Book

K Hodge

K. Hodge read a page from the novel The Swiss Family Robinson in 33.03 seconds.

00:34 Australia

Fastest Time To Flip 144 Pages Of A Book

Marcus Brims

Marcus B. flipped 144 pages of a book in 0.18 second.

06:48 Canada

Largest Personal Records Book

Darryl Learie

Darryl Learie compiled a book of 638 personal records with 170 pages in length. He created the book on September 10, 1993 and has been updating and adding records to the list ever since. His records were categorized as athletic, academic, spiritual, and circumstantial. See his RecordSetter world records here.

00:43 United States

Fastest Time To Solve A Rubik's Cube While Balancing Two Books On Head

John Beenhadd

Canaan H. solved a Rubik's cube in 7.42 seconds while balancing two books on his head.

00:37 Netherlands

Longest Time Juggling Three Balls While Standing On A Chair On One Foot And Balancing A Book And Duct Tape On Head

Charles Brockbank

Charles B. juggled three balls for 33.50 seconds while standing on a chair on one foot and balancing a book and duct tape on his head.

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