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Chunkster Challenge

January 9, 2009

chunkster2You knew this was coming, right? I mean, we’ve already established that I love big books (I actually feel off-balance right now, because so far all of my fiction reads this year have been really short-only Howard’s Endhas passed the 300 page mark). And I’ve done the Chunkster Challenge since I’ve been a blogger (this makes it my third year!), through all of the changing hands. This year’s host, Think Pink Dana, has made the various participation levels hilarious (side note: isn’t it funny how much challenges have changed? In 2007, most challenges only had one participation level…now almost all of them have different choices!). And this button makes me laugh every time I see it! She’s changed up the rules a bit, so if you’re planning on joining, make sure you read closely. ;) The challenge ends on November 15th, and I’ve decided on the Mor-book-lyObese level, so by then I will have read 6 books of over 450 pages or 3 books of over 750 pages. I went with a classics theme this time around, since I want to read more of them. :)

My pool, with page numbers in parentheses:

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  1. January 9, 2009 12:01 pm

    I hope you love The Hunchback of Notre Dame as much as I did when you get to it!


  2. January 9, 2009 12:10 pm

    I joined this one too. The levels of participation are funny as well. What a great button :)

  3. January 9, 2009 12:22 pm

    I was going to suggest Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet (2002), but Amazon’s got it listed at 432 pages. :/ Still not old enough to be a classic in the traditional sense, but I think it qualifies (or will).

  4. January 9, 2009 12:43 pm

    That button is hysterical!

  5. January 9, 2009 12:44 pm

    Those are some great picks! Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all-time favorites as well as Of Human Bondage. I’m looking forward to your reviews!

  6. January 9, 2009 1:08 pm

    No Name is a great one and really doesn’t seem as long as it is. You will breeze through it.

    I already have the 900+ pages of Bleak House under my belt this year and am starting the 770 page Drood next week … maybe this is the challenge for me!

  7. January 9, 2009 1:32 pm

    May I also suggest: IT – Stephen King (1138) or The Stand(the original uncut version published in 1990) by Stephen King (1153). I’m currently attempting to tackle a book that my Mother gave me called “Final Verdict” by Adela Rogers St. Johns(512 of small print!) about her famous trial lawyer father – Earl Rogers who practiced law in southern California pre-World War I. He was as famous as a movie star would be today. I’m having a hard time getting into it but I’ll report on it when I’m finished. My Mother swears by it. It was published in 1962 and is currently out of print.

  8. January 9, 2009 1:37 pm

    Better you than me…your list downright scares me, Eva!!! But man, that button is toooooo funny!

  9. January 9, 2009 1:40 pm

    Oh gosh, I remember loving The Thorn Birds. Such a great romance and historical fiction!

  10. January 9, 2009 1:42 pm

    I didn’t even notice the button until I read everyone’s comments. I’m glad it was brought to my attention – cute! :)

    I loved The Thornbirds! So much so that I haven’t watched the mini-series because I’m afraid it will dissappoint.

  11. January 9, 2009 1:47 pm

    For anyone participating in the chunkster challenge, I’d recommend “A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth! Love that book and I recently re-read it again a few months ago.

    I should go over there and see if I want to participate….

  12. January 9, 2009 1:54 pm

    Eva, thanks for posting about this challenge. It’s going to be the first challenge of 2009 that I want to join. I can’t wait to post my books!

  13. January 9, 2009 2:38 pm

    If you enjoyed The Three Musketeers, you will love The Count of Monte Cristo! No movie adaptation has come close to the richness of the book (in my opinion, at least).

  14. January 9, 2009 2:41 pm

    My goodness! If you read every one of these by the end of the year, I think we should all pitch in and buy you a trophy. I’m a much slower reader than you, so I’m not going to try this–it would be way too stressful.

    “The Thornbirds,” eh? I think you’ll enjoy it. What a fun melodrama.

  15. January 9, 2009 3:00 pm

    I absolutely flew through North and South when I read it so I was surprised that it has so many pages. It doesn’t feel long at all when reading it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  16. January 9, 2009 3:49 pm

    You’ve got some good ones! Happy reading!

  17. January 9, 2009 4:14 pm

    I love your list! I’m thinking of joining in this challenge too and if I do I will add the annotated P&P and I think A Suitable Boy – a huge book I have been meaning to read for so long now. This challenge might be the inspiration I need!

  18. January 9, 2009 4:24 pm

    You’re a fast reader so this will be no problem for you but it would take me an entire month to get through most of those titles, then I wouldn’t have time to read anything else. As a lover of classics I look forward to your reviews.

  19. January 9, 2009 4:30 pm

    I said I would join less challenge this year, but why not this one? I have a predilection in big books anyway and it’s not like I have to drag myself through them.

    The choice of levels is hilarious. I think I’ve got Les Miserables written down for now. I need to decide on the rest. Of Human Bondage is a good choice.

  20. alirambles permalink
    January 9, 2009 5:55 pm

    Is there a one-book level? Heading over to check out the challenge now.

  21. amateurdelivre permalink
    January 9, 2009 6:01 pm

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all time favorites – have joined this one but am still trying to figure out what to read:)

  22. January 9, 2009 7:15 pm

    THE THORN BIRDS may not be a classic, but it’s still a very good read. I was sure I’d dislike it, so of course I ended up loving it to bits.

  23. January 9, 2009 8:50 pm

    I keep meaning to try Mrs. Gaskell as well.
    When I was a kid — middle school — I had the whole Forsythe Saga…it was either incomprehensible or not to my taste, and I unloaded it. Now I’m ready for it and I wish I had it back!!

    For the life of me, I really can’t remember why I bought TFS…I’m sure everyone raised their eyebrows.

  24. January 9, 2009 11:19 pm

    I KNOW I did not finish this challenge last year, but I think that I joined A Novel Challenge around June. My first chunkster is going to be the complete Chronicles of Narnia. I am going to read the books in the order that C S Lewis wanted them to be in. And about 5 years later, the way the publishers put them out and see if they make a difference which way they were put out. Judy/Intergalactic Bookworm

  25. lena permalink
    January 9, 2009 11:29 pm

    May God Help you, Eva! That is a lot of incredibly long books to tackle. I know that the Count of Monte Cristo at least will feel like a breeze. I have it on my shelf right now, and I had to double check that you wrote down the correct number of pages. It didn’t feel that long at all!

  26. January 10, 2009 2:47 am

    I really enjoyed the Forsyte Saga and hope you will too. My husband keeps on trying to get me to read the Count of Monte Cristo which is one of his all time favourites so I’ll be interested in what you think of it.

  27. January 10, 2009 6:54 am

    Much good look with your Chunkster Challenge. I too love big books, but am refraining from joining too many challenges, which I know I will not be able to finish anyway ;) It seems like you have chosen some of the real classics and of course I know most of the titles, but actually never read one of the books on your list.
    Have a great weekend


  28. January 10, 2009 7:53 am

    The Count of Monte Cristo is so very good and hard to put down.

  29. January 10, 2009 8:45 am

    I absolutely loved the annotated Pride and Prejudice, and I’m a big fan of North and South, and Of Human Bondage. What a great list. You remind me that I’ve had The Forsyte Saga on my list to read for such a long time–I really should try to get to it!

  30. January 10, 2009 11:19 am

    You amaze me. I can’t imagine reading all these chunksters in one year (especially given all the other challenges you’re doing)!

  31. January 10, 2009 11:41 am

    That BUTTon is AWESOME!!!! LOL You’re so brave. I still cringe at chunksters thanks to my pitiful attention span.

  32. January 10, 2009 12:44 pm

    Eva, I would definitely recommend Anthony Trollope’s ‘Palliser’ series of novels. Each of the six books in the series is at least 600 pages, and some are 800-plus pages. And they’re a great read if you like Victorian novels. When you’ve finished with them, you can then read his six-novel Barsetshire series! Woo hoo!

  33. January 10, 2009 5:18 pm

    OMG Dana did a great job with those. I am trying to resist more challenges but this is too funny. Good luck with your reads and have tons of fun!

  34. musingsfromthesofa permalink
    January 11, 2009 4:55 pm

    That button is great! I loved Count of Monte Cristo, and despite its size it’s a real page turner. Of Human Bondage is great, Mysteries of Udolpho, meh; Forsyte Saga – well, you know that there are 9 books in total, right? So you read the Saga, but then you have to go on for the complete Chronicles at some point. I thought it was fantastic.

    And I suggest ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’ if you’re really looking for a lengthy challenge…

  35. January 11, 2009 11:25 pm

    Lezlie, I’m glad you loved it. :)

    Samantha, I know-it’s all so clever!

    WordLily, I’ll look into Cloudstreet anyway. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

    Softdrink, isn’t it?! Every time I look at it, I start singing in my head.

    Amanda, it seems like everyone enjoys Count of Monte Cristo. I’m a little hestiation about Of Human Bondage, so it’s reassuring to know it’s one of your favourites.

    Kristen, that’s what I’ve found with all of Wlikie Collins that I’ve read so far. And it definitely sounds like you’ve got the chunkster bug. :D

    Jennifer, thanks for the recs! I haven’t read Stephen King in years, but maybe I’ll try him again. :)

    Debi, it’s a pool-that’s what makes it not scary. And this from the woman who just signed up fro a 21 book challenge!!

    Michele, I really want to read it. :D

    Alyce, I feel that way about some of my favourite books too. :)

    Valerie, thanks for the rec!

    Nik, awesome!! :D

    Annette, glad to hear more good stuff about The Count of Monte Cristo.

    Chartroose, I don’t intend to read them all!!! At least, not this year. I just wanted a big pool to choose from. :)

    Michelle, good to hear!

    LK, thank you. :)

    Karen, gret!

    Petunia, lol-I’m not going to read them all. ;) But being a fast reader certainly does help.

    Matt, you should definitely read Les Mis. :D

    Ali Rambles, I think there’s a two book level, if I’m not mistaken.

    Amateur de Livre, it’s difficult to guess what books are big enough, isn’t it?

    Memory, I love it when I end up enjoying books more than I expected. :D

    Bybee, lol @ your middle school self. I can’t even remember what my middle school self enjoyed, other than fantasy.

    Judy, that’ll be a neat comparison. :D I read Narnia the way the publishers ordered them, because I got the box set for Christmas when I was nine and they were numbered. I wish I could block them out of my mind and read them in their published-order instead. :)

    Lena, I’m not going to read them all-I promise! And I’m glad Monte Cristo doesn’t feel that long.

    Bride of the Book God, another vote for the Sorsyte Saga!

    Louise, I have a very relaxed attitude towards challenges-it doesn’t bother me if I fail utterly, lol. I think this helps encourage me to join more. :D

    Claire, great!

    Gentle Reader, I’m saving the annotated Pride and Prejudice (I got it for Christmas) for when I need a pick me up, because I’m sure I’ll love it. :D

    Emily, I don’t intend to read them all this year!

    Andi, chunksters are my native habitat, for some reason. Probably because I grew up on classics and fantasy-both genres known for their longwindedness. :)

    Bob, I’ve already read one each of the Palliser and Barsetshire series, and I have Can You Forgive Her? on another challenge list. I’m definitely a TRollope girl. :D

    Iliana, thanks!

    Musings from the Sofa, I own Mysteries of Udolpho, so I have to drag myself through it. :p And I didn’t know there were 9 books in the Forsyte Saga-thanks for the warning. :) I hadn’t heard of A Dance to the Music of Time before, but I looked it up and it sounds intense and scary. ;)

  36. January 11, 2009 11:50 pm

    I am looking forward to participating in this one too. Good luck! You’ve got some great choices there.

  37. January 12, 2009 5:14 pm

    Okay, I saw that it said a pool of books. I must have had a brain fart.

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