Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 Challenges: Chunkster

Chunkster Blog
February 1, 2011 - January 31, 2012.
I am aiming for the "Mor-book-ly Obese" level. Eight or more chunksters. Three of the eight have to be over 750 pages. The rest have to be over 450 pages. Adult books only.

1. Our Mutual Friend. Charles Dickens. 1864/1865. 880 pages.
2. Little Dorrit. Charles Dickens. 1855-1857. 928 pages,
3. Framley Parsonage. Anthony Trollope. 1861. 576 pages.
4. The Small House at Allington. Anthony Trollope. 1864. 752 pages.
5. Jubilee. Margaret Walker. 1966. 512 pages.
6. The Pickwick Papers. Charles Dickens. 1836/1837/1999. Penguin Classics. 810 pages.
7. The Last Chronicle of Barset. Anthony Trollope. 1867.  928 pages.
8. The Sunne in Splendour: "A fascinating portrait of the controversial King Richard III--a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history." by Sharon Kay Penman. 944 pages.
9. The Woman in White. Wilkie Collins. 1860. 672 pages.
10. Katherine. Anya Seton. 1954/2004. Chicago Review Press. 512 pages.
11. I, Claudius. Robert Graves. 1934. 480 pages.
12. A Heart Revealed (Winds of Change Series #2) Julie Lessman. 2011. Revell. 500 pages.
13. Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck. 1939. Penguin. 619 pages.
14. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. 2009. Thorndike Press. 722 pages.
15. Doomsday Book. Connie Willis. 1992. Random House. 592 pages. 


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