Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Love To Read? Join This Challenge!

It's the Feelin' Chunky Chunkster Challenge of 2009! Through March 1, 2009, members can sign up to read overly-large books. Books must be read by November 15, 2009. According to the site,
A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) Don't complain folks, I read all thousands of pages of the Twilight series and they were good, but not a challenge. A chunkster should be a challenge.
Additional guidelines apply, but I'm already ahead. I just finished Stephen King's "Lisey's Story", which even without reading the excerpt from his Bachman book "Blaze", weighs in at a hefty 653 pages (paperback version—Amazon miscounted!).

On deck:

Stephen King, "Duma Key", 770 pp.
Connie Willis, "To Say Nothing of the Dog", 493 pp.
Jack Canfield "The Success Principles" just barely makes it at 455 if you include the biblio;
David E. Comings, M.D. "Did Man Create God?" 656 pp.

I was hoping to include Nietzsche's classic, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra", but it's a lightweight at a mere 315 pages, all said and done. But I'm still gonna read it.

What is it with me and long books? BTW, I highly recommend Lisey's Story even if you aren't a regular King fan. This one crosses over into more of a literary work than a horror work; it does have a bit of horror in it—wouldn't be King without it—but it's light on the gore. I could read this while eating (which I can't with most of his). It's a powerful tale.

In addition, I'm awaiting the arrival of a skein of BMFA's Socks That Rock's "Valkyrie" from the Raven Clan (not Raven Croft or Raven Claw, as my mind is wont to believe) colorway so that I can participate in the Ravelry Socks That Rawk!!! Leyburn KAL (sorry about the linkage, non-Ravelers; why not join the Rav? It's free...). Speaking of, I am such a joiner. I have enough sock yarn to clothe the feet of Uganda, but nothing for this KAL.


At 5:24 PM, January 07, 2009, Anonymous Carrie K said...

The chunkster challenge is fun. I did it one year when Bookfool was hosting it - I might have actually completed it too. Have fun!

At 12:55 AM, January 12, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jeanne, be sure to hit the chunkster blog and link up your review of Lisey's Story (which I read last year and LOVED!) on the January Linky post.
Duma Key is one of the chunksters I hope to tackle this year as well


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