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Chunkster Challenge 2012

January 1 – December 31, 2012

January 1, 2013 UPDATE: I not only met my goal for this challenge, I exceeded it! My longest read was Fall of Giants by Ken Follett at nearly 1000 pages. I will be joining this challenge in 2013 as well!!


I am not only co-hosting this challenge – I’m joining it! Sign ups may be found on this post.

Last year I did not reach my goal for this challenge, so I’ve chosen a different level this year:

The Plump Primer level challenges the reader to read SIX chunksters. As I read them, I’ll be listing them below with links to reviews.

  1. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (624 pages) – COMPLETED January 8, 2012; rated 5/5; read my review.
  2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King (824 pages) – COMPLETED March 12, 2012; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  3. Overseas by Beatriz Williams (464 pages) – COMPLETED May 20, 2012; rated 4/5; read my review.
  4. The Memory of Love by Aminata Forna (450 pages) – COMPLETED June 17, 2012; rated 5/5; read my review.
  5. With My Body by Nikki Gemmell (462 pages) – COMPLETED June 23, 2012; rated 3/5; read my review.
  6. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (470 pages) – COMPLETED July 2, 2012; rated 3/5; read my review.
  7. The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg (664 pages) – COMPLETED July 26, 2012; rated 5/5; read my review.
  8. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (985 pages) – COMPLETED September 23, 2012; rated 4/5; read my review.
  9. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (602 pages) – COMPLETED December 16, 2012; rated 5/5; read my review.



  1. January 2, 2012    

    I’m always so intimidated by chunksters but love the idea of getting lost in a big, long story! Enjoy the challenge!

  2. January 2, 2012    

    good luck ,all the best stu

  3. January 3, 2012    

    Good Luck with this one!

  4. January 3, 2012    

    OOH have fun! One of these days I am going to need to sign up for one of these “BIG BOOK” ones… I have a few that wait on me due to sheer size!

  5. January 4, 2012    

    You’ve already started reading The Street Sweeper? I need to finish a few books before I start. How is it so far? Happy reading!

  6. January 4, 2012    

    Kathleen, Stu and Heather: Thanks!

    Sheila: Why wait??!? LOL!

    Vasilly: I’m nearly 1/2 through The Street Sweeper – it takes a little patience…it is one of those books that builds and requires some time to really get involved with the characters. But so far, I am enjoying it. I would suggest you start reading it soon, though!!! LOL – unless you are a much faster reader than I am!

  7. January 4, 2012    

    I probably am a faster reader than you but if the book requires patience, it’s time I read it now! 🙂

  8. January 6, 2012    

    Although I haven’t signed up yet, I will be joining this one! 🙂

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