Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chunkster Challenge

I'd been looking for a chunkster challenge for this year, but until now I could only find the mini-challenge in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks project.  This challenge fits right in with my plans!  The rules:

Definition of a chunkster:
A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature, whether non-fiction or fiction. A chunkster should be a challenge.

If you read books in large print, your books will need to be 525 pages or more. The average large type book is 10-15% larger or more so it’s a fair estimate.

The rules:
  • No audio books. (There are exceptions to this rule.)
  • No e-books allowed. This was discussed in much detail in the 2011 challenge. The short version: a chunkster isn’t a challenge if you’re reading it on an e-reader. (There are exceptions to this rule.)
  • Essay, poetry, and short story collections will be allowed. Collections have to be read in their entirety to count. If you’ve needed a reason to finally pick up your copy of The Collected Works Of ____ now is the time.
  • Books may crossover with other challenges.
  • Anyone may join. (If you don’t have a blog, just leave a comment on this post with your challenge level and your progress throughout the challenge.) 
  • You don’t need to list your books ahead of time.
  • Once you’ve picked a level, that’s it. You’re committed to it!
You must pick a level of participation:
  1. The Chubby Chunkster – this option is for the readers who want to dabble in large tomes, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. FOUR Chunksters is all you need to finish this challenge.
  2. The Plump Primer - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to SIX Chunksters over the next twelve months. 
  3. Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the reader who can't resist bigger and bigger books and wants to commit to SIX Chunksters from the following categories: 2 books which are between 450 - 550 pages in length2 books which are 551 - 750 pages in length2 books which are GREATER than 750 pages in length (for ideas, please refer to the book suggestions page for some books which fit into these categories).
  4. Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to EIGHT or more Chunksters of which three tomes MUST be 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.
Want Suggestions of what to read? 

Check out the Chunky Book Suggestions page. Throughout the year, we will be adding new books to this page.

To review or not to review, that is the quesion...
Reviews are not mandatory, but they are strongly encouraged. We will be putting up a Mr. Linky at the beginning of the challenge for links to your reviews. We will also be posting a Mr. Linky for wrap up posts at the end of the challenge.

I'm going to sign up for the Mor-book-ly Obese level,  because 2013 is my year for reading giant books. 


Eva said...

I love big books! :D Although I find this challenge strange for its insistence on paper-only books. I suppose I'd be able to do the exception since I use my ereader for fibro/arthritis reasons, but I'm still confused as to how a long ebook isn't a challenge whereas a long paper book is.

Jean said...

Yeah, I really don't get that either. I gather they had a big discussion about it. I read Vanity Fair on my tablet and it took me just as long. I'm not worried about it because I like paper anyway, but it does strike me as a weird rationale.

Alex in Leeds said...

Sounds like a great challenge for digging into the TBR stacks with. I think I'm going to make an effort to tackle two or three big books this year, a re-read of Les Miserables is on the cards in February and I fancy reading War and Peace again in the summer when I can take it out into the park with pink lemonade and the smell of roses... :)