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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121 Records Found

United States

Most Interrogatives In A Book

William Walsh

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

00:04 United States

Fastest Time To Rip A Phone Book In Half

Michael Martin

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

00:36 United States

Fastest Time To Rip Five Phone Books In Half

Michael Martin

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

United States

Most Phone Books Placed On A Couch

Alexander Dnimreven

Alexander Dnimreven placed 174 phone books on a couch.

United States

Most Dictionaries, Thesauruses And Encyclopedias Held At Once

Andy Hanscom

Andy H. held 39 dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedias at once.

03:45 United States

Largest Group Of Children To Read A Children's Book

City of Couer d'Alene

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.

03:02 United States

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

Sam Klarich

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.

United States

Tallest Manga Tower

Cassandra Godin

Cassandra Godin built a 76-volume tower of manga books.

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

United States

Oldest Copyrighted Book In A Personal Library

Art Hoffman

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.

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.

00:41 United States

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

Lauren Moore

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

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

United States

Most Catalogs Held At Once

Kyle Lybeck

Kyle Lybeck held 18 office catalogs at one time.

United States

Most Books Stacked On A Vase

Matthew Nunnery

Matthew Nunnery stacked 35 books on a vase.

00:27 United States

Most Cancer-Related Books Balanced On Head

Shirley LaVergne

Shirley LaVergne balanced six cancer-related books on her head. #NOEP

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