Saturday, December 16, 2006

Chunkster Challenge

I've been having such a hard time deciding which books to choose for the challenges, but finally here is my list for bookfool's lovely, flexible Chunkster Challenge. (click image for link to the Chunkster Challenge Guidelines).
HERE for the list of participants.

The Timeframe:
January 1st - June 30th, 2007

Of the following my official goal is to finish at least 4 of them. To help ensure that happens, the first 4 overlap with either the Classics Challenge, or the TBR Challenge (my list for that will be up soon). The additional titles are a few of the other Chunksters that have also been on the pile for too long. I'm being optimistic, but if things are going well, I'd like to read a couple of these too, and make it one a month for a total of 6. And wouldn't it be great if I could finish all of them this year? (sigh) But we all know how that goes..

The List:
1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke (780 pgs.) --FINISHED

2. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber (806 pgs.)

3. The Makioka Sisters - Junichiro Tanizaki (530 pgs.) --FINISHED

4. White Teeth - Zadie Smith (536 pgs.) --FINISHED

Carnevale - M.R. Lovric (626 pgs.)

The Half Brother - Lars Saabye Christensen (764 pgs.)

The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly (542 pgs.)

City of Dreams - Beverly Swerling (577 pgs.)

I am a Cat - Natsume Soseki (634 pgs.)

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts (929 pgs.)

*Last updated May 28, 2007


  1. I love your list, Nat! Because chunksters intimidate me so much I haven't read any of these books (not yet atleast), but hopefully I'll be a lot less fearful of tomes once I've completed the challenge.

    I look forward to all your reviews, but especially ones for "The Makioka Sisters", "The Half Brother", "I am a Cat" and "Shantaram" ( I have Shantaram on my list, too!)

    Good luck with the challenge, Nat and happy reading!

  2. Lotus, I'm not convinced I'll get to Shantaram (it's so darned big) but you reading it just might convince me! Good luck and happy reading to you too!

  3. This is the second time I've seen Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell on someone's Chunkster list. I just finished it last month, and it definitely qualifies as a Chunkster. It'll be interesting to share opinions about it. I found it incredibly imaginative, but...we'll talk.

  4. Bellezza, I bought it in hardback right when it came out, and it's been sitting there ever since. I've been looking forward to reading it, just been put off by the size. So this challenge is a good push to get me to finally read it. Did you post a review about it? I'll have to go look for it after I've read it.


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