Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chunkster Reading Challenge wrap-up

So. I did not finish this challenge! But I did get 5.5 of 6! Alas. I finished the last one last night, 10 days late. Super-bummer. Here is what I'd signed up for:

February 1, 2011 - January 31, 2012
A chunkster is 450 pages or more of adult literature. A chunkster should be a challenge. No Audio books in the chunkster.

I signed up for:
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; CHECK
2 books which are 551 - 750 pages in length; CHECK
2 books which are GREATER than 750 pages in length. ONE

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious - 512 pages
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee - 470 pages
Shogun: A Novel of Japan by James Clavell - 1210 pages
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - 567 pages
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky - 675 pages

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (975 pages) was my last one. I made a big mistake in both increasing my Chunkster level AND aiming to read 100 books in 2011 (which I did). Either one would have been much easier than trying for both together, alas.

So I was thinking I was done signing up for challenges this year but the Chunkster is so tempting. And this year I am already planning on definitely reading:
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (692 pages)
The Fatal Shore: The Epic Of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes (688)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (550 pages)
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (496 pages)

Which means I can easily make the Chubby Chunkster level (4), but since I can count Lonesome Dove towards my 2012 books, I think it would be relatively reasonable to aim for The Plump Primer - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to SIX Chunksters over the next twelve months. But unlike Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? I don't have to commit to the three subcategories. While I did enjoy my two Chunky Chunksters, I don't foresee those this year and might struggle to add them in with everything else. I can do six, but only if they're all just at the 450 page cutoff. And I am definitely not aiming for 100 books this year, so fingers crossed, I should make it this year.

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