Chunkster Challenge Complete!

I am very pleased to announce that I have finished my very book challenge of 2010, in fact, my very first book challenge ever!

This challenge is hosted at it's own site, Chunkster Reading Challenge, and I knew right away that it was one for me. I read quite a number of large books, so I thought that it would be a perfect chance to put my chunkster reading habits to the test. What I discovered was that I could actually complete this challenge without a problem.

I originally aimed for the middle level of Do these books make my butt look big? (4 books) but I finished that really quickly. I then decided to increase my challenge to the More-book-ly Obese level. I thought that level challenged us to read 8 chunksters, but when I finished my 8 books and posted by final review yesterday, I discovered that it was only 6 books! That means that I actually finished this challenge some time ago and didn't realise :-)

Anyway, here are the links to the books that I read for this challenge:

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver - 507 pages 
This was the first book that I read in 2010, and it was wonderful. It has recently won the Orange Prize I was pleased to discover. The prose was colourful and the story was uniquely told. This one is worth a read.

Capricornia by Xavier Herbert  - 569 pages 
I didn't review this book. It is an Australian classic of epic proportions and it actually the book that inspired the movie Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Don't let that put you off though (actually I didn't mind the movie too much), the book is quite different to the movie. I can't really put my finger on why I didn't review this book, except to say that it had so much truth in it about Australia and the suffering of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, I didn't think that I could the book any credit by reviewing it.

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James - 626 pages
I was inspired to read this book after finishing a novel by a debut Australian novel, The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter. I didn't enjoy The Legacy truth be told, but it was based on this James novel so I couldn't help myself. I did enjoy the book, but it was also very long winded. About half way through I began to lose interest. I am looking forward to giving another James novel a try though.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling - 636 pages
What can I say about this - JK Rowling, I love you for giving us Harry Potter.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - 531 pages
I don't normally read crime fiction, but I couldn't put this book down. Despite the many problems I had with the story and the writing, I was able to suspend all belief and dislike and get totally lost in the mystery,

The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson - 569 pages
Although a lot of the problems of the first novel were amplified in this one, I still couldn't put it down. A real page turner.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 584 pages 
If you read any review from this list of books, I recommend that this book be the one. I rated this one an 8 / 8 and I think that it will be one the best books I read this year, if not THE best book I read this year. I even suspect it will become one of my all time favourites. It is very special, particularly so for book lovers, because it is about the power of language and story.

The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark - 620 pages 
An Australian classic that I wanted to love, but just couldn't quite. I did love the prose, and I love the author's background, but this novel couldn't quite hold my interest. 

I am sure that I will read more Chunksters by the end of 2010, and I will keep counting them and give more reviews at the end of the year. I really enjoyed participating in this challenge and I will definitely participate again next year. 

I can't to read everyone elses summaries too.


  1. I have The Lacuna but have not read it yet. Congrats on finishing. I think I have read 5 chunksters this year, but only planned for 4

  2. On James-you might try either The Bostonians or the Europeans next-or a shorter work like The Aspern Papers

  3. Glad I found you on the Crazy For Books Blog Hop. Looking forward to enhancing my book experiences with Aussie Lit.

  4. That's awesome! I love bricks and doorstoppers, and the different levels of the challenge are so cute! I'll keep my eye on that one and participate in the next one I think. :)

    Congrats on your first challenge and on reading some great books. :D

  5. You have some great Page turners there on your chunkster list! (pun intended). Those books doesn't feel like chunksters at all when I remember how those pages turned!

    Congrats on completing the challenge! I want to scale down all my reading challenges to 1 next year and read lots of chunksters next year.

  6. Thats funny, I have been doing my own little chuckster challenge. All my oldest TBR books are big but I have been working my way through them. The biggest is East of edan at over 600 pages with really small writing.

  7. That is funny ... just reading your list made me realize I completed the challenge too .. and I didn't even sign up for it!

  8. Im pleased you all enjoyed the wrap up mpost. Thanks for the suggestion Mel - I'll let you know which one i choose when the time comes :-)

    There were definitely some great page turners on the list, I can't wait to read the third Stieg Larsson book.

    Glad you finished the challenge without trying Jenners!

  9. The Chunkster challenge is one of my favourite challenges each year, and it is one that I finish quite early as well!

  10. Congratulations, Becky!

    I admire you - I might do the Chunkster Challenge next year when I'm free of my self-imposed 10 Books per Month quota.

  11. Congrats on finishing the challenge! The Larsson books are whoppers but they certainly don't feel like you've slogged through 500+ pages, does it? Hee! :-) I've got A Portrait of a Lady lined up. One James I recommend is Washington Square. I loved it.

  12. The Book Thief is an excellent read. Glad you enjoyed it so much. You did great with this challenge. Good luck with it in 2011.


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