long books chunkster challenge

Chunkster Challenge Check-In

big books chunkster challenge

In the midst of resolution season early this year, I hopped on to the Chunkster Challenge with a goal of reading 10 books more than 450 pages. Honestly, I completely forgot about the challenge until someone mentioned it a week or so ago and I thought to check out my progress. Shockingly, I have nine finished and still have several chunksters lined up for the summer.


The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (512 pages)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (496 pages)

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (496 pages)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (544 pages)

The Quick by Lauren Owen (544 pages)

The Three by Sarah Lotz (480 pages)

The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport (512 pages)

No Country by Kaylan Ray (560 pages)

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson (480 pages)


Did you take part in the Chunkster Challenge? Are you reading many big books this year?

  • I like chunksters–if I like the book, I want to keep reading. The only one on your list that I’ve read is The Quick, which was too long for the content or something.

    • I tend to like a big, chunky book if it’s something I’m into, too…but like you, I thought that The Quick was boring in spots and thought it could have been condensed to something much shorter.

  • Wow! You’re doing a great job! I honestly can’t remember if I signed up for this challenge or not. I’m going to go with “it’s too early in the morning” this time. I’ll have to check on that and if I signed up for any other challenges. I’m sure I did…I think….

  • Silver’s Reviews

    You did take on some chunksters, but they sure are good choices.

    You certainly are dong a great job with all of the. Nine done is amazing.

  • I haven’t joined the challenge but I’ve been reading a number of chunkster books this year, completely accidentally. I read The Quick, the later Harry Potters (do they count if they are re-reads and/or for children?), The Goldfinch, Royal Mistress, Shirley, and am currently making my way through Outlander (no idea why it’s taken me this long to find my way to this series). Maybe next year I should try this challenge!

    • I would totally count Harry Potter, those things are long! You should definitely join in next year, it sounds like you’re on a roll.

  • GO YOU! I don’t remember how many books I said I’d read for this challenge, but I’m pretty sure if it was 4, I’m already done. lol

  • Wow, that’s fantastic! Go, Shannon!!

  • Jennine G.

    Awesome! My original post for this challenge listed four books, but I hadn’t realized the page count was 450, so that changed things. I have 12 on my list and have read seven. Currently on number eight.

  • Tanya M

    Wowee, there are some books on here I’d really like to read!

  • Words for Worms

    I have a few of these on my TBR pile! I always thought 500 pages was what made a chunkster, I suddenly feel more accomplished somehow…

    • I always thought it was more like 500, too, but the rules for the challenge were 450 so I’m taking advantage!

  • Anita LeBeau

    I think I signed up for 3, because I know I’m not one to read big books. I’ve read one, Natchez Burning, which was over 800 pages, but it read so very well!! Great reading Shannon!

  • What a fun challenge! I might have a few that qualify. What did you think of Americanah? It’s on my book club list for October and it does look daunting!