19 January 2008

The Chunkster Challenge

The Chunkster Challenge The TBR Challenge is progressing nicely and the 888 Challenge is in the hands of fate and the council library, so I’m signing up for a third! I’ve had my eye on this one since before the Bookfest, but didn’t have a sufficient number of suitably enormous books on hand.

Which isn’t the case anymore. (Buy doorstopper-size books just for a challenge? Who, me?)

Post-Bookfest I have more than enough, and have made it an even better challenge by choosing the four biggest:

The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr - 804 pages (overlap with 888 Challenge)
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman - 882 pages
Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes - 901 pages
And the biggest of them all:
Shogun by James Clavell - 1243 pages (!)(overlap with 888 Challenge)
3,830 pages in total, plus a spur to finally read Don Quixote which has been in my TBR pile for, um, five years. Perhaps I ought to read that first....


  1. Oh, Shogun is a FABULOUS book! I read it years ago and loved it (Clavell's books are really great). I also think Sharon Kay Penman is one of the best historical novelists out there. Sunne in Splendor is a really good book. Enjoy!

  2. Sounds like you're all set. I noticed you're now reading The Thirteenth Tale. I absolutely loved this book. I'll be interested to know what you think of it when you've finished. Good luck on your challenges!

  3. I loved The Sunne in Splendour. It started me off on reading books about Richard III.


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