Two of the reading challenges I have signed up for this year are the Tea & Books Reading Challengeand the Chunkster Reading Challenge. I have been cautious at the level I am going in on the first of these challenges as some of these are seriously large. It is not the process of reading them which dictates caution, I have no problem from that aspect I am and always have been a rapid reader. As a child teachers, librarians and even, for the shortest while, parents would test me to check I wasn’t lying when I said I had finished a book.
That was then – nowadays the problem lies with age. Oh no not the eyes – the eyes can be accommodated with a pair of specs. No it’s the wrists and fingers which have driven me to reading e-books more and more. They increasingly complain at holding a book, a combination of smashed bones, bone grafts and pinning combined with ageing and the aches and pains that come with that condition have left me with a feeling that if I am to read those books of that size remaining on my shelves I must hurry and do so!
I have arranged them all in a special section of the shelves and, if luck walks alongside me this year, I will not only read the few but maybe update my ambitions and read the whole amount – ah sweet dreams.
As it is the biggest of them will have to be read on a table top, maybe all of them, I can still dimly remember the days of curling up with a chunk of alternate life. However us oldies are made of stern stuff and I will do!
The Tea & Books Challenge demands books of 700+ pages and I have entered at the Berry Tea Devotee which is 4 books of over 700+ now most of those I have to read (I am endeavouring to clear my TBR pile at the same time) are well over this 750 mark
Of Time and the River by Thomas Woolfe = 1035
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet = 1076
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth = 1474
Antony Adverse by Hervey Allen = 1133
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky = 846
The Lord of the Rings by Tolkein = 1069 (re-read)
The Tale of Genji by Muraski Shikibu = 1090
Poor Fellow my Country by Xaviar Herbert = 1463 (re-read)
Three of these overlap the Classic Challenges and could overlap the Chunkster Challenge so I have put them all up- maybe I’ll read them all maybe not.
In the Chunkster Challenge the books have to be 450+ pages and as with the first challenge I have more than I need in the house – this size is much more manageable for my hands so have gone for the Mor-book – ly Obese level which is 8 books in the year 3 of which must be 750+ and the other 5 the 450+
so apart from the above I have
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland
Making History by Stephen Fry
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Dejà Dead by Kathy Reichs
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Map of Love by Ahadaf Soueif
The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman
East of the Sun by Julie Gregson
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
These are the lightweights of the massive world coming in at between 450 and 700 pages.
these can overlap the TBR Reading Challenge. All in all if my wrists will stand up to the task i am going to so enjoy my challenges. It is unfortunately addictive I keep seeing others I would like to enter – stop it – stop it I’m supposed to be writing a book this year.