Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 Challenges: Chunkster Challenge

I am signing up for the 2012 Chunkster Reading Challenge. This challenge has always been one of my favorites because I love reading LONG books.

This year there is also a Chunky Book Club. Selections haven't been made yet--a poll is up now--so I haven't decided if I'll be reading these particular books or not with the group, but it could happen.

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Chunksters with a minimum of 450 pages...

1 Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch. Kate Williams. 2010. Random House. 464 pages.  
2 North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1855/1998. 454 pages.
3 The Great Influenza. The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. John M. Barry. 2004. Penguin. 546 pages. 
4 The Worthing Saga. Orson Scott Card. 1990. Tor. 465 pages.
5 Jane Austen Made Me Do It. Edited By Laurel Ann Nattress. 2011. Random House. 464 pages. 

Chunksters longer than 750 pages...

6 Dombey and Son. Charles Dickens. 1846-1848. 880 pages.
7 11/22/63. Stephen King. 2011. Scribner. 864 pages. 
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© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Vasilly 4:27 PM  

Thanks for signing up again for the challenge!

Wendy 9:57 AM  

I hope at least ONE of the books that gets chosen for the book club will entice you!

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