Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 CHALLENGE: Chunkster Challenge: COMPLETED


I even passed by stretch goal by reading 17 chunksters this year. This is a challenge I often struggle with and I read almost three times as many chunksters this year as I normally do. Several were particularly slow going, ether for good reasons, like Nabokov's Collected Short Stories, or not, like Guard of Honor that may have won the Pulitzer Prize but hasn't stood the test of time.

My chunkster jag this year is part of the reason I am going to fall short of reading a 100 books i 2015, and far short of my usual 110 or so. It looks like I'll come in right around 95.


The CHUNKSTER CHALLENGE was started by Wendy at Caribousmom and is now hosted by Vasilly at 1330V. The sign-up page is here.

The basic idea is to read books with 450 pages or more. E-books and audiobooks count, as do collections of short stories, essays, or poems. Pretty much the only thing that doesn't count is graphic novels.

This is a self-motivating challenge. Now that audiobooks count, I am going to set a goal of 12 books, with a stretch goal of 15.


David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1024 pages)

The Collected Stories by Vladimir Nabokov (720 pages)

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (512 pages)

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (512 pages)

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi (525 pages)

The Lyre of Orpheus by Robertson Davies (480 pages)

The Whole World Over by Julia Glass (528 pages)

Night Fall by Nelson DeMille (528 pages)

Personal by Lee Child (544)

The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington by Gregg Herken (494)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (771)

Wickford Point by John P. Marquand (464)

A Bromfield Galaxy: The Green Bay Tree, Early Autumn, and A Good Woman by Louis Bromfield (Pulitzer Prize winner) (639)

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (624)

Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens (Pulitzer Prize winner) (635)

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding (496)

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (480)


We'll see what others pop up.

NOTE: Updated December 24, 2015

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