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Chunkster Challenge Complete!

I love reading long books – they tend to have more depth, and a more interesting plot, so I really enjoyed completing the Chunkster Challenge.

The books I completed for this challenge were:

The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff (608 pages)  stars3h

Perdido Street Station – China Miéville (867 pages) stars3h

The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins (464 pages)  stars41

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (1024 pages)

2666 – Roberto Bolaño (912 pages)  stars51

I read many more 450+ page books, but they were lighter thrillers so didn’t really feel like long books.

What is your favourite chunkster?

36 replies on “Chunkster Challenge Complete!”

Congratulations on completing the challenge, Jackie. I was able to complete it in time too. I only read 3 books for it, which was my goal.

This is the type of challenge I really should consider, as I tend to stay away from very large books. I know, bad Sandy. I did love Gone With the Wind, and I also really enjoyed The Hour I First Believed, which gave me plenty of exercise toting around!

Congrats on finishing the challenge! I like chunksters, too, though the one time I signed up for the chunkster challenge, I failed abysmally in reading the books on my list. My most recent favorite chunkster is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Soo good :-)

FleurFisher, Congratulations! I love reading longer books, so this challenge wasn’t that hard for me, but I appreciate that it can be very hard if you don’t enjoy plot based books as much as me!

I love reading chunksters, because I feel like I’ve accomplished so much by the end! And also, if I’ve stuck it through, it means I love the book, so I love that there is a lot of the book! Nevertheless, when I see one I don’t know, I tend to avoid it like the plague. It takes a good lot of recommendations to get me to take the plunge. 2666 seems to be one of those books!

Congratulations on completing the challenge, Jackie, that is no mean feat.
My favourite chunkster is James Clavell, Noble House, I loved it and couldn’t put it down. I don’t know if I could take on a challenge like this though, so well done.

Jackie, Shogun is the beginning of the series; all of Clavell’s books about Asia have a common thread but stand alone as novels. They cover inter-related characters and families throughout history who live, travel and trade between Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore – There are six books in this series and I can see why they would be more or less Clavell’s life’s work. So far I have read Shogun, Tai Pan and Noble House and have King Rat on my TBR list. I read them out of order, but it doesn’t matter to the story.
I loved Shogun and I’ll be interested to hear what you think about it when you get to it.

Well done on finishing this challenge Jackie! Unfortunately I ran out of time and only managed to finish two of the three books I wanted to read for this challenge – my favourite one would probably have been Drood – it kickstarted my Dickens fascination for this year.

Why is this the first I am hearing of this challenge? It sounds like a great one!

I’m with you…I love reading the occasional loooong novel, because I feel like you inevitably HAVE to get sucked in (unless it’s absolutely terrible, in which case you’ll probably just give up on it). The last one I read was, I believe, THE WAY THE CROW FLIES by Ann-Marie McDonald (848 pages). I read it while spending 8 or so hours in Heathrow, and it was the perfect book for that long wait.

The next chunkster on my list is COMING HOME by Rosamunde Pilcher at a whopping 1,024 pages. I read a review of it on a blog and have been inspired to read it next time I really want to dedicate some time to a story.

Kari, I’m going to read Fall on Your Knees by Anne Marie McDonald next. It isn’t as long as The Way the Crow Flies, but it is still quite thick. I’m pleased to hear that she can keep your attention all the way through a chunkster.

I’m a new reader of your blog and really enjoying it! Love the chance to get inspired about all the books I haven’t read yet, and hear your thoughts about ones I have read. The Chunkster Challenge sounds interesting – I’ve always loved long books! At the moment I’m in the middle of Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope (around 850 pages, I think) and I’m loving it.

Hi Amy! Thank you for commenting on my blog for the first time! I haven’t heard of Can You Forgive Her? before, so it is good to know that you are enjoying it. I hope that you find some great book suggestions on my site – let me know if you enjoy them (or if you don’t!) Thank you for your kind words.

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