Thursday, 11 February 2021

Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2021

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 the old link for 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 which chunksters
2016: 28 chunky books, 3 of which chunksters
2017: 35 chunky books, 6 of which chunksters

2018: 29 chunky books, 6 of which chunksters
2019: 20 chunky books, 7 of which chunksters
18 chunky books, 7 of which 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.]

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von "Italienische Reise" (Italian Journey aka Letters from Italy) - 1817 - 891 pages
Christie, Agatha "Hercule Poirot. The Complete Short Stories" - 1923-61 - 908 pages
Ford, Ford Madox "Parade's End" (Tetraology: Some Do Not, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, Last Post) (Keine Paraden mehr) - 1924-28 - 968 pages
Elliot, Jason "An Unexpected Light. Travels in Afghanistan" (Unerwartetes Licht - Reisen durch Afghanistan) - 1999 - 512 pages
Sapolsky, Robert M. "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst" (Gewalt und Mitgefühl: Die Biologie des menschlichen Verhaltens) - 2017 - 800 pages
Lee, Min Jin "Pachinko" (Ein einfaches Leben) - 2017 - 552 pages
Dickens, Charles "The Old Curiosity Shop" (Der Raritätenladen) - 1840 - 736 pages

I read 7 chunky books in 2021 of which 4 are considered a chunkster. 


  1. I am pondering which chunkster I will read in March.

    1. I'm sure you'll find one. Otherwise, I can recommend lots. LOL

      I read too many chunksters at the moment but, as you know, I enjoy them.

      Thanks for your comment. Have a nice weekend.

  2. What a fun challenge! I could definitely get around ot this one at some point - some of my tomes are pretty chunky!

    1. That's what I think. And the good thing is, no planning needed, just add any large books you've read and you can see at the end of the year how many you tackled. That's why I carry on with this one even though the original poster has discontinued it.

  3. Sounds like a fun reading challenge! In the past ten years, I haven't read too many long books... I use to read 500+ page novels more frequently before. No it seems that I prefer reading books less than 400 pages in length.

    1. It is fun indeed. If you enjoy large books. I know this is not for everyone but even if you only read a few chunksters a year, it's certainly fun listing them.

      I have always enjoyed it and therefore plan to continue with this list.

      Thanks for your visit.