Chunkster Challenge – 2008

January 7 – December 20, 2008


I have technically completed this challenge having read FOUR chunksters. But, since the challenge runs through December 20th, I’m going to continue ticking books off my list until then. Many of these books have been sitting on my shelf screaming to be read…and darn it, I’m going to read them!


I didn’t participate in this challenge last year, so when Dana at So Many Books, So Little Time agreed to host it for 2008, I couldn’t resist. Actually, it is an easy challenge for me to commit to given I have already committed to reading some pretty big books in 2008. Here are the rules:1. Books must be at least 450 pages (regular type)
2. You have to read a minimum of 4 (one per quarter)
3. Any chunkster started after January 1st qualifies
4. Books must be reviewed

…And there are prizes (yay!)

I will choose from the following list of books:

  1. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (702 pages)
  2. The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff (579 pages) – COMPLETED July 28, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  3. Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (536 pages)
  4. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (543) – COMPLETED July 12, 2008; 5/5; read my review.
  5. Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo (528 pages) – COMPLETED June 7, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review.
  6. Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts (933 pages)
  7. The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett (973 pages)
  8. World Without End, by Ken Follett (1014 pages)
  9. HeyDay, by Kurt Anderson (620 pages)
  10. Lisey’s Story, by Steven King (509 pages)
  11. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (1215 pages)
  12. The Winter Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly (707 pages) – COMPLETED January 5, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review.
  13. Conversation in the Cathedral, by Mario Vargas Llosa (601 pages)
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    • Anonymous on January 3, 2008 at 00:10

    I couldn’t resist joining. This will be my last one! Really!

    • Anonymous on January 3, 2008 at 10:21

    LOL, Wendy – You’re as bad as I am … I don’t believe you *smiling* See you at the next one!!!!

    • Anonymous on January 4, 2008 at 01:15

    Shantaram was really, really good. I’m also reading War and Peace and The Pillars of the Earth, but for different challenges. It seems that Llosa book is getting kind of popular among book blogs (I’ve seen it on a few challenge lists)…I’ll be looking forward to your review!

    • Anonymous on January 4, 2008 at 18:48

    Eva: I’ve heard that about Shantaram from several people. Its been on my shelf for quite some time…and I really do need to get to it! Pillars will be a re-read for me (I read it when it was first published which was some time ago)…I have the sequel that just came out, so I wanted to re-read it. The Llosa book is for a Yahoo book group (books in translation) so that may be why you are seeing it listed out there on several lists 🙂

    • Anonymous on January 5, 2008 at 06:10

    Haha! I couldn’t resist this challenge either! I will reading some chunksters for the Russian Reading Challenge anyway and I have a few more on my TBR-pile, so I figured I’ll be reading at least four books that qualify anyway in 2008.

    • Anonymous on January 6, 2008 at 07:20

    Thanks for clearing the Llosa thing up! I first heard about him last year in my Latin American politics class, when we were talking about Central America, and I thought it was cool that he was a writer and a politician, but I was a bit confused on why so many bloggers thought it was just as cool. lol 😉

    • Anonymous on January 6, 2008 at 13:53

    Eva: You’re welcome!
    Myrthe: I came up with the same justification 🙂 I had all these chunky books on my lists for other challenges…so I could do this one without really adding any extra books to my reading!

  1. Good Luck! I see you have War & Peace as a choice. I get scared of the books go over 700 pages. I think that is my limit any more and I won’t finish it.

    • Nicola on July 29, 2008 at 16:24

    Yay! Congratulations! This one was a relief for me when I finished it.

    • Teddy on July 29, 2008 at 22:49

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!

    • Wendy on July 30, 2008 at 07:03

    Confuzzled: I don’t know if I’ll get to War and Peace this year. I bought the new translation and this will be a re-read for me.

    Nicola: Thanks 🙂 I wasn’t sure for awhile here if I’d actually be able to finish this one!

    Teddy: Thanks!

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