Chunkster Challenge 2009

I know I said I was only going to do a few challenges this year but I can’t resist at least thinking about doing the Chunkster Challenge and I do like the button. I did this challenge last year and it encouraged me to read some really long books that had been languishing on my bookshelves. This year I’m attempting the Too Big To Ignore Anymore option for these chunksters on my TBR list:

  1. Exit Music by Ian Rankin (496 pages)
  2. Helen of Troy by Margaret George (540 pages)
  3. Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco (508 pages)
  4. Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham (700 pages)
  5. Remember Me… by Melvyn Bragg (560 pages)
  6. The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters by Charlotte Mosley (830 pages)

I’ll be really pleased if I read 2 or more of these by the end of the Challenge period on 15 November.


  1. I’ve signed up for this one, too. Yes, love the button! I’ve been thinking about the Flame Queen book, too – the only Eco I’ve read was The Name of the Rose, and that one took me almost a year to get through! Good luck with your chunksters.


  2. Thanks JLS. I’ve read The Name of a Rose, which I liked very much. It took me a while to read but not as long as Foucoult’s Pendulum, which took me months and months to read and I’m not sure I really understood it. I hope the Flame Queen book is not as difficult.
    Carol, thanks and a Happy New Year to you as well.


  3. How many pages does a book have to have to be a chunkster? over 400? 450? 500? I ask because many books in my tbr pile are over 400.

    I will be interested in The Mitfords when you read that. I almost picked it up the last time I was in Barnes and Noble.. not sure if the size is why I put it down, it may have been when I read the cover it didn’t grab me.


  4. Happy new year Margaret!

    Good luck with your challenge. It’s always a tad frustrating when you’re powering through novels to then come across a chunky one that takes that little bit longer… but a great feeling when they’re done, especially if they were worth the effort.

    I haven’t read any of those on your list, but look forward to discovering them vicariously through your blog.


  5. I have the Mitford book to read as well–I’m hoping to read a few things by and about them–we’ll see what happens! I’ve not read that particular Margaret George, but I have read a couple of others which I enjoyed and remember they read very quickly.


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