Tuesday, January 18, 2011


COMPLETED! See full list below--click titles for reviews

Chunkster Challenge 2011 hosted by Wendy at its dedicated blog.

*click on the button to sign up


February 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012

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. (**Please view THIS POST FOR EXCEPTIONS to this rule)

•No e-Books allowed - we are reading traditional, fat books for this challenge (please see this post to understand the rationale behind this rule; please see this post for exceptions to this rule)

•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 it...you're committed to that level!

You must pick a level of participation:

1.The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who wants to dabble in large tomes, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. FOUR Chunksters is all you need to finish this challenge.

2.The Plump Primer - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to SIX Chunksters over the next twelve months.

3.Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the reader who can't resist bigger and bigger books and wants to commit to SIX Chunksters from the following categories: 2 books which are between 450 - 550 pages in length; 2 books which are 551 - 750 pages in length; 2 books which are GREATER than 750 pages in length (for ideas, please refer to the book suggestions page for some books which fit into these categories).

4.Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to EIGHT or more Chunksters of which three tomes MUST be 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.

Want Suggestions of what to read?

Check out the Chunky Book Suggestions page.

To review or not to review, that is the quesion...Reviews are not mandatory, but they are strongly encouraged. I will be putting up a Mr. Linky at the beginning of the challenge for links to your reviews. I will also be posting a Mr. Linky for wrap up posts at the end of the challenge.

I have a natural tendency to read chunksters.  It seems like most of my favorite books were all chunksters.  I didn't go for the top level though...maybe next year.  This year I chose the Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? level.

450-550 pages

1. The King's Daughter by Christie Dickason (468 pages)
2. Queen By Right by Anne Easter Smith (494 pages)

551-750 pages

1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (726 pages)
2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (662 pages)

750+ pages

1. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (838 pages)
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (759 pages)

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I'm in awe of how fast you completed this challenge! Congrats. I hope you'll sign up for the 2012 Chunkster Challenge. I'm co-hosting it with Wendy this year and some of the rules have changed.


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