Thursday 7 February 2019

Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2019

I have taken part in this reading challenge since 2013. The moment I saw that post, I know this was the most interesting challenge for 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. They discontinued their challenge in 2015.
You can still find 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
2017: 35 chunky books, 6 of them chunksters

2018: 29 chunky books, 6 of them chunksters

I will be posting the books I have read here:
(I add the German title, if available, for my German friends)
[I add my own translation of a foreign book title if it's not available in English.]

Palma, Felix J. "The Map of Chaos" (El mapa del caos/Die Landkarte des Chaos) - 2014 - 864 pages
Obama, Michelle "Becoming" (Becoming - Meine Geschichte) - 2018 - 480 pages
Woodward, Bob; Bernstein, Carl "All the President's Men" (Die Watergate-Affäre) - 1974 - 480 pages
Dostoevsky, Fyodor "The Brothers Karamazov" (Братья Карамазовы/Brat'ya Karamazovy/Die Brüder Karamasow) - 1879-80 - 1,249 pages
Morton, Kate "The Clockmaker's Daughter" (Die Tochter des Uhrmachers) - 2018 - 608 pages
Fielding, Henry "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (Tom Jones: Die Geschichte eines Findelkindes) - 1749 - 1,104 pages
Murdoch, Iris "The Philosopher's Pupil" - 1983 - 576 pages

Pamuk, Orhan "Das neue Leben" (Yeni Hayat/The New Life) - 1994 - 472 pages
Weir, Alison "Six Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour. The Haunted Queen" - 2018 - 576 pages
Eschbach, Andreas "Eine Billion Dollar" (One Trillion Dollars) - 2001 - 896 pages
Jason, David "My Life" - 2013 - 480 pages 

Rhodes, Ben "The World As It Is. Inside The Obama House" - 2018 - 480 pages 
Melville, Herman "Moby Dick or The Whale" (Moby-Dick oder Der Wal) - 1851 - 752 pages
Alighieri, Dante "Die Göttliche Komödie" (The Divine Comedy/Divina Commedia) - 1308-20 - 895 pages
Zweig, Stefan "Die Welt von Gestern. Erinnerungen eines Europäers" (The World of Yesterday) - 1942 - 512 pages
Powers, Richard "The Overstory" - 2018 - 640 pages

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander (Солженицын, Александр Исаевич) "August 1914" ["The Red Wheel" cycle] (Узел I - «Август Четырнадцатого», Красное колесо) (Solschenizyn, Alexander; August Vierzehn, aus dem Zyklus "Das Rote Rad") - 1971 - 896 pages
Harari, Yuval Noah "Homo Deus. A Brief History of Tomorrow" (Homo Deus. Eine Geschichte von Morgen) - 2016 - 528 pages 

Clinton, Hilary Rodham "What Happened" (Was passiert ist) - 2017 - 512 pages
Stachniak, Eva "The Winter Palace. A Novel of Catherine the Great" (Der Winterpalast) - 2011 - 512 pages

I read 20 chunky books in 2019 of which 7 are considered chunksters.  


  1. Great! The other day one of my reading friends was telling me how much she loved A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. I have always wanted to read it so I ordered a copy (it is too long to take out from the library, I felt.) 1474 pages! Now I have to figure out how to fit it into my reading plan.

  2. A Suitable Boy is one of the best novels I have ever read. It is a huge novel but it's totally worth the time.