Friday, September 12, 2014

I Like Big Books - A Challenge


...You other readers can't deny; when a book walks in with a good plot base and a thick spine in your face you get SPRUNG! 'wanna get out your notepads cause you noticed that book was dense. Deep in the book I'm reading, I'm hooked and I can't stop speeding, through. Baby I wanna get that literature, and Instagram that picture. My teachers try to train me but that book you've got makes me so BRAINY! (Baby Got Books) Sorry, but I had to.
I love a good challenge. And a good reading challenge? So much the better. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered this:

The Chunkster Challenge is a reading challenge for those readers who love to read the fat books - the doorstoppers that weigh you down, the books that take a commitment of time. (via

Generally chunksters are books that are 450 pages or longer, or 525+ pages for books that have large print. The challenge runs all year and there really aren't any guidelines other than challenging yourself to read more Big Fat Books. Even if that means just reading one. You set your own goals, your own reading list, and track and share your progress however you see fit. I couldn't find any references to twitter on the blog, but I officially propose using the hashtag #chunksterchallenge, #bigchunkybookclub, or #bigfatbooks. Maybe we should take a vote? After all, this is a democracy. Unfortunately, the book club has been discontinued as of this year, but that doesn't mean we can't be cheerleaders for each other in a sort of unofficial capacity.

Any one can join the Chunkster Reading Challenge, and crossover with other challenges (such as the Classics Club or Rory Gilmore Challenges I'm participating in) is totally A-OK! You can read YA or adult fiction, listen to audio books, read an ebook; it's all good - as long as it's LONG.

My first read for The Classics Club is Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and at 552 pages, it also counts as my first Chunkster Challenge Read as well! I love a good two'fer.

Do you have any beasts on your TBR list this year? Don't know where to start? Lucky for us, the kind moderators over at the Chunkster Challenge blog have begun to put together a great list of chunky books to start us off. If any of the books listed on the list are already on your TBR list, congratulations, you're already in the club. If not, join the club! It's a win-win. Plus, I get to make new twitter friends chatting about our mutual love for Big Butts Books! Win-win-win!

450 - 550 Page Baby Fat Books


A-C

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - read
An Equal Music, by Vikram Seth
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
At Home, by Bill Bryson
(The) Black Hole War, by Leonard Susskind
Blackout, by Connie Willis
Blame, by Michelle Huneven (LARGE PRINT book)
(The) Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood 
Blue Latitudes, by Tony Horwitz
(The) Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak
(The) Boys of Summer, by Roger Kahn
(The) Broken Tower: The Life of Hart Crane, by Paul Mariani
Burmese Lessons, by Karen Connolly
(The) City of Dreaming Books, by Walter Morris
City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s, by Otto Friedrich
(The) Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
(The) Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland

D-G 

Dune, by Frank Herbert
Emma Brown, by Charlotte Bronte
Firefly Lane, by Kristen Hannah
(The) Forgotten Legion, by Ben Kane
(The) Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton
(The) Girl From Junchow, by Kate Furnivall
(The) Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wrecker
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
(The) Group, by Mary McCarthy

H-L 

(The) Help, by Kathryn Stockett
(The) House at Riverton, by Kate Morton
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
(The) Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer 
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte 
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
(The) Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
Little Women, by Louisa M. Alcott
(The) Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

M-P 

(The) Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
(The) Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins
(The) Morland Dynasty: The Emperor, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
(The) Museum of Innocence, by Orphan Pamuk
(The) Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell
Overseas by Beatriz Williams 
Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland
Pamela, by Samuel Richardson
(A) Perfect Spy, by John Le Carre

Q-S

(The) Rembrandt Affair, by Daniel Silva
(The) Robber Bride, by Margaret Atwood
(The) Russian Concubine, by Kate Furnivall
Sashenka, by Simon Montefiore
(The) Ship of Brides, by Jojo Moyes
Slaves in the Family, by Edward Ball 
Smash Cut, by Sandra Brown
Smoke Screen, by Sandra Brown 
Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill (Alternate title of this book: The Book Of Negroes)
(The) Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell

T-Z 

(The) Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis
What To Look for in Winter by Candia McWilliam
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
XO Orpheus: Fifty New Myths edited by Kate Bernheimer 
551-650 Page Chubby Chunksters
 A-C

(The) Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellow
(The) Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang 
(The) Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
(The) Cider House Rules by John Irving 
(The) Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
Creation, by Gore Vidal

D-G 

Desiree, by Annemarie Selinko
Doctor Thorne, by Anthony Trollope
Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
Earthquakes, by Jennifer Weiner
East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
(The) Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson

H-L

In A Far Country, by Linda Holeman
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 
Lady Anna, by Anthony Trollope
(The) Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

M-P

Marcella, by 
Mrs. Humphrey Ward

 (The) Mill on the Floss, by George Elliot
Naamah's Kiss, by Jacqueline Carey
Pet Semetary, by Stephen King
(A) Prayer for Own Meany by John Irving
(The) Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Q-S 

(The) Rest is Noise by Alex Ross
Schultz and Peanuts: A Biography, by David Michaelis
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Sons of Fortune, by Jeffrey Archer
Sophie's Choice by William Styron 
(The) Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
(The) Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova

T-Z 

Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy 
Three Loves, by A.J. Cronin
(The) Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
We Are Water, by Wally Lamb
(The) Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
651-750 Page Big Boned Books

A-C

Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe 
(The) Children's Book, by A. S. Byatt 
Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese

D-G

(The) Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandburg
(The) Great Hunt, by Robert Jordan

H-L

(The) Likeness, by Tana French

M-P

(The) Magus by John Fowles
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James 

Q-S

T-Z

Villette, by Charlotte Bronte
751 - 1000 Page Big Booty Books
11/22/63 by Stephen King

A-C

(An) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Armadale, by Wilkie Collins
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann
(The) Crimson Petal and White, by Michael Faber

 D-G

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Don't Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis
Drood, by Dan Simmons
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett 
Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
(The) Far Pavilions, by M.M. Kaye
(The) Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Greatest History of Mankind by Roy Porter 

H-L

He Knew He Was Right, by Anthony Trollope
JR by William Gaddis
Little Dorritt, by Charles Dickens
Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry

M-P

Middlemarch by George Eliot
Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 
Outlander, by Diana Gibaldon

Q-S

(The) Quincunx by Charles Palliser 
(The) Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman



T-Z 

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
When Christ and His Saints Slept, by Sharon Kay Penman
Winter of the World by Ken Follett
 Over 1000 Page BIG ASS BOOKS
A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
Bleak House by Charles Dickens 
Kristen Lavransdotter by Sigrid Undset 

Ulysses, by James Joyce
Under the Dome by Stephen King
World Without End, by Ken Follett
I hope the team at The Chunkster Challenge don't mind my renaming the categories... What do you think of the list? Do you have any to add to it? I'd love to see how long the list can get!
'Til next time, folks. Keep it loose, keep it long. 

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