Tuesday 28 March 2017

Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2017

I can't believe I've taken part in this reading challenge since 2013. It is still the most interesting challenge to me. 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: 26 chunky books, 8 of them chunksters
2016: 28 chunky books, 3 of them chunksters

I will be posting the books I have read here:

Ephron, Nora "The Most of Nora Ephron" - 2014 - 571 pages
Bohjalian, Chris "Midwives" - 1997 - 480 pages
Witzel, Frank "Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen manisch-depressiven Teenager im Sommer 1969" (German) (The Invention of the Red Army Faction by a Manic Depressive Teenager in the Summer of 1969) - 2015 - 803 pages
Falcones, Ildefonso "The Barefoot Queen" (E: La Reina Descalza) - 2013- 752 pages
Pinkola Estés, Clarissa "Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype" - 1992 - 608 pages
Weir, Alison "Six Tudor Queens. Katherine of Aragon. The True Queen" - 2015 - 640 pages
Laker, Rosalind "The Golden Tulip" - 1989 - 668 page
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Half of a Yellow Sun" - 2006 - 560 pages
Schrobsdorff, Angelika "Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter" (German) (You Are Not Like Other Mothers) - 1992 - 557 pages
Murakami, Haruki "Kafka on the Shore" (J: 海辺のカフカ Umibe no Kafuka) - 2004 - 891 pages
Machfus, Nagib/Mahfouz, Naguib "Palace Walk" (Arab: بين القصرين/Bayn al-qasrayn) - 1956 - 687 pages
Weir Alison "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" - 1991 - 694 pages
Lenz, Siegfried "Deutschstunde" (German) (The German Lesson) - 1968 - 576 pages
Machfus, Nagib/Mahfouz, Naguib "Palace of Desire" (arab: قصر الشوق/Qasr el-Shōq) - 1957 - 631 pages
Tsao Hsueh-Chin/Cao, Xueqin "Dream of the Red Chamber" (Chin: 红楼/Hung lou meng/aka The Story of the Stone) - ca. 1717-1763 (18th century) - 574 pages
Herbert, Xavier "Capricornia" - 1938 - 649 pages

Hemingway, Ernest "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - 1940 - 505 pages
Dickens, Charles "Bleak House" - 1852/53 - 1,088 pages

Ali, Monica "In the Kitchen" (Hotel Imperial) - 2009 - 560 pages
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Americanah" (Americanah) - 2013 - 560 pages 
Wroblewski, David "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" (Die Geschichte von Edgar Sawtelle) - 2008 - 611 pages
Schweizer, Gerhard "Islam verstehen. Geschichte, Kultur und Politik" (Understanding Islam. History, Culture and Politics) - 2016 - 610 pages
Atwood, Margaret "The Blind Assassin" (Der blinde Mörder) - 2000 - 656 pages
Bunyan, John "The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come" (Pilgerreise zur seligen Ewigkeit) - 1678 - 452 pages 

Zaimoglu, Feridun "Siebentürmeviertel" [Seven Towers Quarter] - 2015 - 800 pages
Weigand, Sabine "Ich, Eleonore, Königin zweier Reiche" [I, Eleonore, Queen of Two Realms] - 2015 - 592 pages
Cogman, Genevieve "The Invisible Library" (The Invisible Library #1 - Die unsichtbare Bibliothek) - 2015 - 465 pages
Pamuk, Orhan "Diese Fremdheit in mir" (A Strangeness in my Mind/TR: Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık) - 2014 - 592 pages
Hahn, Ulla "Spiel der Zeit" [Game of Time] - 2014 - 608 pages
Preisendörfer, Bruno "Als Deutschland noch nicht Deutschland war. Reise in die Goethezeit" [When Germany wasn't Germany, yet. A travel to Goethe's Time] - 2015 - 518 pages
Dickens, Charles "Oliver Twist" (Oliver Twist) - 1838 - 560 pages

Taylor, Andrew "The Ashes of London" - 2016 - 496 pages
Ivey, Eowyn "To The Bright Edge of the World" (Das Leuchten am Rand der Welt) - 2016 - 496 pages
Tolstoy, Leo "Gesammelte Werke. Die Erzählungen" [Collected Works. The Stories] - 1853-1904 - 864 pages
Hamann, Brigitte "Elisabeth, Kaiserin wider Willen" (The Reluctant Empress) - 1981 - 672 pages

I read 35 chunky books in 2017/18 of which 6 are considered a chunkster.

Happy Reading!


  1. 2017 was full of chunky books for me. I have always loved long books, where you can sink in and live in the story for a long time. One of my favorites last year was The Nix. It is a very American book but you might like it. http://keepthewisdom.blogspot.com/search?q=the+nix

    1. I always say, the longer a book, the better. Hence my favourite book ever has more than 2,000 pages. ;)

      Thank you for the link to your review. "The Nix" sounds interesting, I will certainly look out for it. I don't mind "very American" books, I think I've read plenty of them.

      Have a great day,