2014 Chunkster Challenge

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February 25, 2014 by madbooklove

The 2nd reading challenge I’ve decided to take on this year is the Chunkster Challenge hosted by Vasilly.

I love a good long book and I have MANY on my TBR list (and sitting on my bookcases!). Since I haven’t had the time to read as much as I used to, I’ve found myself avoiding longer books so that I could read more books instead of more pages. Now that my reading is on the rise, it’s time to start chewing through those chunksters once again!

So, my goal for this challenge is (biting my lip)…15. Which seems really high given my overall reading goal of 25 (hence the lip biting), but since I’m already 13 books deep (including four chunksters per this challenge’s description), I’m feeling like it’s a good number to push me a little, and frankly, to give me the leeway to take the time to read some books I REALLY want to read, but have been putting off because of the length.

My progress so far:

  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (526 pp)
  2. Fallen by Lauren Kate (452 pp)
  3. Torment by Lauren Kate (452 pp)
  4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (529 pp)
  5. Reached by Ally Condie (512 pp)
  6. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (540 pp)
  7. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (771 pp)
  8. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (579 pp)
  9. Rapture by Lauren Kate (466 pp)
  10. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (535 pp)

Below are the rules, as spelled out on the 2014 Chunkster Challenge blog.

Wondering what’s a chunkster? A chunkster is an adult or YA book, non-fiction or fiction, that’s 450 pages or more.
Rules for this challenge:
  • Audio books and e-books are now allowed. You want to listen to a chunkster on audio? Be my guest.
  • Essay, short story, and poetry collections are allowed but they have to be read in their entirety to count.
  • Books may crossover with other challenges.
  • Anyone can join.
  • You don’t have to list your book ahead of time.
  • Graphic novels don’t count. Sorry guys but reading a chunkster graphic novel isn’t the same as reading a non-graphic chunkster.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about the levels of participation that have always been a part of this challenge. This year we’re going to try something new: there won’t be any levels.
Don’t get me wrong. This is still a reading challenge. Challenge yourself without being locked in to a certain number. If you didn’t read any chunksters in 2013 and want to change that in 2014, come up with a number and try to read that amount.
I understand that chunksters can be a bit intimidating. My goal is to encourage as many people as possible to give chunksters a try. We all love short books because we can get through them in a sitting or a few days. It’s different with chunksters. With chunksters, you have to slow down and take your time. The Chunkster Challenge is all about having fun and reading good books.
All I ask is that participants either write a post or leave a comment in the comments section letting the world know your goal. Mr. Linky is acting up so if you write a post, leave a link in the comment section (on Vasily’s page, not mine).

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