Friday, 5 February 2016

Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2016



In 2013, I participated in the most interesting challenge, reading "chunky" books (I love that word). I signed up for the highest of the four levels "Mor-book-ly Obese" which meant eight or more chunksters (books over 450 pages) of which three must be 750 pages or more.

I have carried on with that challenge without setting goals, I love big books and I will always read some. And I am more than willing to tell my friends about them.


If you are interested in the challenge, check out this link. I don't think they even do one this year, so I just use the link for 2015.
They also give you suggestions by page number, in case you can't find any chunksters yourself. ;-)


Or you can check out my lists from the previous years (below), maybe you are interested in a couple of them.
I read in
2013: 38 chunky books, 13 of them chunksters
2014: 37 chunky books, 15 of them chunksters
2015: 25 chunky books, 8 of which chunksters

I will be posting the books I have read here:
Ulitzkaya, Lyudmila "Imago" or "The Big Green Tent" (Zelenyi shater/Зеленый шатер) - 2010 - 592 pages
Twain, Mark "The Innocents Abroad" - 1869 - 786 pages

Smiley, Jane "Early Warning" - 2015 - 811 pages
Mistry, Rohinton "Family Matters" - 2002 - 512 pages

Trollope, Anthony "The Way We Live Now" - 1875 - 976 pages 
Schwarzer, Alice "Lebenslauf" [My life] - 2011 - 451 pages
Mora, Terézia "Das Ungeheuer" [The Monster] - 2013 - 688 pages
Oates, Joyce Carol "The Man Without a Shadow" - 2016 - 512 pages
Mitchell, David "Cloud Atlas" - 2004 - 544 pages

Mercier, Pascal "Perlmann's Silence" (Perlmanns Schweigen) - 1995 - 640 pages
Landers, Brian "Empires Apart. A History of American and Russian Imperialism" - 2010 - 576 pages
Joyce, James "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" - 1916 - 520 pages

Waters, Sarah "The Night Watch" - 2006 - 560 pages
Obama, Barack "Dreams from My Father" - 1995 - 453 pages
Eliot, George "The Mill on the Floss" - 1860 - 691 pages
Perkins, Sue "Spectacles" - 2015 - 464 pages 

Alexijewitsch, Swetlana (Alexievich, Svetlana) "Second Hand Time. The Last of the Sovjets" (Время секонд хэнд/Vremja sekond khend) - 2013 - 569 pages 
Rushdie, Salman "Midnight's Children" - 1981 - 647 pages
Mantel, Hilary "Bring up the Bodies" - 2012 - 608 pages
Obama, Barack "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" - 2006 - 464 pages
Grass, Günter "Beim Häuten der Zwiebel" (Peeling the Onion) (Autobiographical Trilogy #1) - 2006 - 480 pages

Atkinson, Kate "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" (Familienalbum) - 1995 - 496 pages
Oates, Joyce Carol "Carthage" - 2014 - 496 pages.
Nguyen, Viet Thanh (Việt Thanh Nguyễn) "The Sympathizer" - 2015 - 499 pages 

Zeh, Juli "Unterleuten" - 2016 - 639 pages
Kostova, Elizabeth "The Swan Thieves" (Die Schwanendiebe) - 2010 - 611 pages
Pamuk, Orhan "Cevdet und seine Söhne" (Cevdet Bey ve Oğulları/Cevdet Bey and His Sons) - 1982 - 672 page


I read 28 chunky books in 2016/17 of which 3 are considered a chunkster.

Happy Reading

2 comments:

  1. I read chunksters too. William Manchester's 2nd volume on Winston Churchill that I just finished was just short of 700 pages.

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    1. I haven't read that one, yet, but I love historical novels and books about history and biographies, so there's a good chance I will read ti, as well. ;)

      Anyway, I love big books - the bigger, the better!

      Happy Sunday,
      Marianne

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