Monday, December 14, 2009

Chunkster Challenge 2010

For the coming year I decided to join 2010 Chunkster Challenge. This challenge runs from February 1st, 2010 to January 31st, 2011. Here are the details from the challenge page:

Definition of a Chunkster: A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) ... A chunkster should be a challenge.
* If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more ... The average large type book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.

The Rules:
  • No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn't seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.* No e-Books allowed - we are reading traditional, fat books for this challenge.
  • Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.
  • Books may crossover with other challenges
  • Anyone may join. If you don't have a blog, just leave me a comment on this post with your progress (and to let me know you are playing)
  • You don't need to list your books ahead of time.
  • Once you pick a level, that's're committed to that level!

You must pick a level of participation:

  • The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who has a couple of large tomes on their TBR list, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. 3 books is all you need to finish this challenge
  • Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 4 Chunksters over the next twelve months.
  • Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. Now doesn't this sound like fun!

After reading the rules for this challenge, I decided to sign up for the Mor-book-ly Obese level. I've got this one covered by the remaining three books from my Russian list. War and Peace alone is 1,455 pages.

Here is a record of my selections:

  1. The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles 4**** 539 pp
  2. Russka by Edward Rutherford 4**** 945 pp
  3. Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer 2** 534 pp
  4. The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall 5***** 517 pp
  5. A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware 5***** 528 pp
  6. The Girl from Junchow by Kate Furnivall 5 ***** 500 pp


  1. Good luck to you...I'm not sure if I want to commit to this one yet for next year.

  2. I'm glad you're joining in on this one too. I have wanted to read War and Peace for ages. I finally downloaded it on my eReader, now just to get to it.

  3. Good luck with this challenge! It's one of my favorites, and it was a lot easier to finish this one in 2009 than I thought it would be. (I had books already lined up that were chunksters without even knowing it.)

  4. Good luck with this one. Sounds good, but I don't usually read big books.

  5. Oh man --- every time I read about this challenge I am so tempted to join. I still need to give it more contemplative. I do look forward to reading your Chunkster reviews though :)

  6. Good luck. I failed it last year, so I will give it a miss. I struggle to read chunksters.

  7. Good luck with the Chunkster Challenge. I would suggest replacing the Karamazov Brothers with another book.

  8. War and Peace is also on my list...but alas not for this year! Good Luck!

  9. Have fun and good luck with the chunkster challenge. This is the 1st time i've signed up as well.

  10. Since I'm giving anyone who visits my blog a chance to vote on what I read next year ( it looks like I may end up reading War & Peace. I'm a little intimidated already :)

  11. The Brothers Karamazov is totally different than than Crime and Punishment. It doesn't read as slowly, for one. More importantly, its theme is sin and expiation.

  12. How perfect for your "trip" to Russia. I'm doing this one also but not decided on the books yet.
    I have War and Peace on my shelf, it's been so long that now I think the print is too small for my eyes. But I have it on my Kindle. I don't think i will commit to reading it for this challenge. Definitely something by Dickens though


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