Birgit at The Book Garden is hosting the second edition of the TEA & BOOKS Reading Challenge! This challenge was inspired by C.S. Lewis’ famous words, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
In this challenge you will only get to read … books with more than 650 pages!
- You may pick both fiction and non fiction books!
- Contrary to last year short story collections, anthologies or collected works in one volume are now allowed!
- Re-reads will now also be ok (though preferably you should read one of those unread tomes that have been collecting dust on your shelves)!
- Last year you had to read 700+ pages but for 2013 it has reduced to 650+ pages.
- And as a little incentive – books with more than 1,200 pages will count for two books (so theoretically you can read four such super-chunksters to reach the Sencha Connoisseur level)!
- Last but not least – no large print editions of a book, please!
- 2 Books – Chamomile Lover
- 4 Books – Berry Tea Devotee
- 6 Books – Earl Grey Aficionado
- 8 or more Books – Sencha Connoisseur
I have several books to choose from – some that I listed last year and never got round to reading. I had no idea I had so many books of over 650 pages! Here they are in ascending page number order:
- Into Temptation by Penny Vincenzi (654 pages)
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (670 pages)
- Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham (704 pages)
- Dreams of Innocence by Lisa Appignanesi (712 pages)
- This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson (750 pages)
- Helen of Troy by Margaret George (755 pages)
- Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser (758 pages)
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (769 pages)
- No Name by Wilkie Collins (784 pages)
- Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (800 pages)
- Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens (800 pages)
- The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley (834 pages)
- Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (848 pages)
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (894 pages)
- Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford (906 pages)
- Ulysses by James Joyce (944 pages)
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (1088 pages)
I’m just aiming to read four of them (last year I read just 3 books of over 700 pages each). I’d like to think I’ll read more than four of these books next year, but I’m being realistic – I do want to read other books and I can’t see myself reading more than one of them a month! I’m not deciding in which order I’ll be reading them – it has to be a spontaneous decision at the time.
This challenge will also contribute towards the Mount TBR Challenge, as I’ve owned these books for some time (years in some cases).