Chunkster Challenge 2009


When you Sign up Through November 15, 2009

The Chunkster Challenge is back – and I am definitely playing! Dana is hosting this fabulous challenge at its own dedicated blog. Here are the rules:

  • A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) Don’t complain folks, I read all thousands of pages of the Twilight series and they were good, but not a challenge. A chunkster should be a challenge.
  • If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more I asked around and  the average LT book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.
  • No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn’t seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.
  • You may start any time after signing up. You must complete your reads before or on Nov 15th.
  • Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.
  • Books may crossover with other challenges (see option 4 for a collaborative effort with TBR challenge)
  • Only option 4 requires that you make a set list of books to complete the challenge
Those are the basics. Here are your options:
  1. The Chubby Chunkster – this option is for the reader who has a large tome or two to read, but really doesn’t want to commit to more than that. 2 books is all you need to finish this challenge.
  2. Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? – this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 3-5 Chunksters over the next ten months.
  3. Mor-book-ly Obese – This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to…..go on and give in to your cravings.
  4. And lastly, in an intriguing collaboration with the wildly popular Miz B of the TBR Challenge we have: Too Big To Ignore Anymore – this option is for those chunksters on your TBR list. You may select any number of books over 450 pages but you must LIST THEM to complete the challenge and they must be on your TBR list as well (honor code folks, I don’t have time to be the challenge police).


Don’t you love those option titles? I’ve got to go for the Mor-book-ly Obese Option – and not just because I love the name, but because I have some huge books on my TBR shelf and I am bound and determined to read them this year. So here is my tentative list with page numbers:

Books Between 450 and 750 pages:

  • Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters (582 pages) – COMPLETED January 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • Galway Bay, by Mary Pat Kelly (551 pages) – COMPLETED March 23, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.
  • Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (533 pages) – COMPLETED May 30, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
  • Last Night in Twisted River, by John Irving (555 pages) – COMPLETED November 1, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb (723 pages) – COMPLETED November 16, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
  • The Hakawati, by Rabih Alameddine  (513 pages)
  • Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill (470 pages) – COMPLETED August 12, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  • Conversation in the Cathedral, by Mario Vargas Llosa (601 pages)
  • The Devil’s Brood, by Sharon Kay Penman (728 pages)

Books longer than 750 pages:

  • Kristin Lavransdatter (Complete Trilogy), by Sigrid Undset (1124 pages)
  • Shadow Country, by Peter Matthiessen (892 pages)
  • A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth (1474 pages)

This is a sampling of the huge, chunky books residing on my TBR mountain…I may add or change this list as I go. Wish me luck!

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  1. Good luck on this challenge! I’d really like to read Fingersmith (or any book by Sarah Waters, really) but I really, really recommend A Suitable Boy. I read it very quickly and it was one of those books that I wanted to read again immediately after finishing it!

    • Kathy on January 6, 2009 at 06:58

    Good luck!

  2. Good luck on the challenge. I’ve joined too. I didn’t realize how many chunksters I had to read for this year but there is quite a few-lol. I’ve got Lavransdatter on my shelf-I’ll be watching for a review of that one.

    • Wendy on January 6, 2009 at 08:26

    Thanks Michelle! I bought A Suitable Boy to read for a group, and then never got to it. But it looks wonderful…thanks for the encouragement to get to it!

    Kathy: Thank you!

    Darlene: It is amazing how those chunksters add up, isn’t it? Good luck to you as well!

    • Nise' on January 6, 2009 at 14:26

    Those are definitely some chunky books! Enjoy.

  3. I’m signing up shortly. Conversation in the Cathedral will be on my list, too.

    • Teddy on January 6, 2009 at 18:10

    I know I ahouldn’t, but I am eyeing this one. Oh no!

  4. Interesting challenge! I have some very chunky books sitting on my shelf…and I don’t read them for that EXACT REASON! They are very big and uncomfortable to read. Maybe I’ll do ONE this year but maybe I should lift weights before I do any more! Good luck!

    • Wendy on January 9, 2009 at 17:05

    Nise: Thanks 🙂

    Ex Libris: I’ve been trying to read that book for months now!

    Teddy: come on, you want to – just go for it 🙂

    Jenners: LOL – I know what you mean!

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