Now that I'm in bloggerdom, I can also take part in the Chunkster Challenge!
The rules of this challenge are that you must read X amount of books (you get to choose the number) by June 30, 2007. And the guidelines for the size of the books? Ones that make you go "Whoa! That's freakin' intimidating!" :-) And you can even choose to read a certain amount from a list you come up with. Really, with such thoroughly flexible guidelines, it's so easy to participate!
So I'm going to say that I will read (hopefully) three books from the following list:
Shogun, by James Clavell
Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Light Bearer, by Donna Gillespie
A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books, by Nicholas Basbanes
Shadows and Strongholds, by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe
Trinity, by Leon Uris
Wheel of Fortune, by Susan Howatch
River of Gods, by Ian McDonald
So three books out of a list of nine ... I think I can do it! Actually, I know for sure that I'll read Udolpho as I'm doing it for a group read. Is that cheating? I hope not. If it is, then I'll try and do three more in addition to that one. But really, all the books on this list are pretty doorstopper-ish. It will be very challenging to read them within the six month time frame! But hey, better to read than to go to the gym, right? The challenge is technically a book over 400 pages. But I think most books I read are over 400 pages. So for me, a chunkster is over 500 pages, though I think most of these are well over 600 pages. Whew, hopefully my wrists can handle the pressure!
It's a good challenge, I think, because I am never too intimidated to purchase chunky books. I will buy them quite easily and happily. However, to then read them ... that tends to take a lot of effort on my part. I mean, really, it's a huge investment of time, at the very least. Not to mention that chunky books also tend to require a lot more concentration than shorter books do. But I'm excited and looking forward to the challenge. Shooting for a 33% can't be that bad, right?
Just another fun update like that I did for my "TBR Challenge 2007" post. As of January 14, 2010, I have read and finished none of the above books.
I got rid of The Light Bearer. I think. I believe I gave it to the library. Ironically, I am currently reading Team of Rivals, but it's going very slowly. Hopefully I'll get through it in February! I started The Mysteries of Udolpho, but did not finish it. I hope to try it again! God knows when. Clearly, I am always quite optimistic about what I'll get through in challenges and then lose all motivation to actually follow through.
It's fun to do these updates every few years and, er, find that nothing has changed.