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Chunkster Challenge 2012

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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!!

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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.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Kathleen says:

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

  2. stujallen says:

    good luck ,all the best stu

  3. zibilee says:

    Good Luck with this one!

  4. 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. Vasilly says:

    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. Wendy says:

    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. Vasilly says:

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

  8. Although I haven’t signed up yet, I will be joining this one! :)