Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Chunkster Challenge

Dana over at So many books, so little time is hosting the 2008 Chunkster Challenge, which while I could and probably should pass it up, will not. Why you ask? I want to count War and Peace as a challenge book. It feels like a challenge book, and now it will be. I have plenty of other books that fall under Dana's definition of a chunkster slated for other challenges this year as well and so this will do just nicely. I will not be adding any new books to my planned reading schedule, therefore leaving plenty of room for just4thehelluvit reading as well.
  1. To qualify, the book must be 450 pages regular type or 750 pages large text.
  2. You must read at least 4 chunksters. Ideal for reading one per quarter, but not mandatory. You could read all four in one month if you feel up to it.
  3. The Challenge will run Jan 7th, 2008 - Dec 20th, 2008, but any chunkster started after Jan 1 qualifies. And thank goodness because I really want to count War and Peace.
  4. Prizes will be offered once a quarter. Think small and fun, not big and chunky.
  5. Share your reviews.
And one other thing, you do not need to list your books ahead of time, a characteristic that I much admire in a challenge even when I know exactly what I will be reading.


  1. Another challenge! How exciting! But I have to let this pass since I have several on hand... ;(

    Happy reading, Wendy! :)

  2. Oooh, I'm reading The Crimson Petal and the White (over 800 pages), and just bought Crime and Punishment, plus Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is my bookgroup pick this month. That's 3 sorted. Should I do the challenge....

  3. I'm on the fence about participating in this one. I had a really good time with it last year. Maybe after I assess my stacks when I get home.

    Good luck!

  4. You could also count War and Peace toward the Russian Lit challenge. . .

    Happy reading and happy 2008.

  5. This sounds like fun! I'll be home on the 4th so I can go through my books and decide which ones I'm going to do.

  6. Take a stab at War and Peace! I will be rooting for you!

  7. I'm so tempted to join this challenge, but I'm SO BAD at reading chunksters! Eeek!

  8. Melody - I'm not really adding new books to what I already plan on reading, so joining this challenge is almost like cheating. :-)

    Lazy Cow - You have some great reading ahead of you! I enjoyed all three of those books you plan to read. I look forward to reading your thoughts on them.

    Nikki - I hope you will be able to join in, but I understand if you decide not to.

    SFP - Maybe if War and Peace was the only book I had to read for it. Haha I'm trying to stick only to books I have on my TBR shelves right now, and I don't have enough Russian literature to qualify for the Russian Literature Challenge, unfortunately.

    Jen - I think it will be fun. I do like big books--it's just a matter of motivating myself to read them sometimes. Haha

    Jaimie - Thanks! I can use all the support I can get. :-)

    Andi - It's only one a quarter . . . ;-)

  9. I thought I would give this challenge a go this year as I have a few bigger books to read. Will be fun to see what you read for it too.

  10. Rhinoa - I keep thinking of big books I want to read for this challenge and then I have to remind myself I need to remember I have other books to read as well. Haha


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