18 December 2009

The 2010 Big Book Challenge

This challenge was inspired by the lovely Heidenkind from Heidenkind's Hideaway, who has recently joined the Mixology Challenge, and a discussion I had earlier this year....somewhere.

Tis the season for Book Challenges! And since it's the season I thought I would...play *grin* So, I hearby bring you:The Big Book Challenge

Oh and when I say big I mean really big. This big: *stretches hands* After all, it's The Big Book Challenge! And yes, I'm referring to size. In this challenge, size really does matter. You see, there are certain big books out 'there' that I have been avoiding...because of their size. They are so big I'm afraid they will eat my alive! *hides under bed* So, I've decided 2010 is the year to change all that. Hence The Big Book Challenge was born.The challenge rules are simple:

1) Read a big book, and by a big book I mean a book with more than 500 pages, before the end of 2010.

2) A review is not required (although I'm going to attempt a post detailing my thoughts on the book, or the reasons why I didn't finish it *grin*).

3) The big book can be from any fiction genre (e.g. fantasy, romance, science fiction). It can even be non-fiction.4) No penalties if the book isn't read by the end of 2010 (because this is meant to be fun).

5) The book can be changed at any time! (Flexibility is important IMO :)

6) You can join at any time throughout the year!

Right, confession time. I have been avoiding Kushiel's Dart (Jacqueline Carey). It's....quite big. So, that's the big book I've decided to try and read in 2010. So, what big book have you been avoiding?

The participants to date are as follows:
- orannia (Kushiel's Dart [Jacqueline Carey])
- Kerry (Ship of Destiny [Robin Hobb])
- Kristen (Kushiel's Chosen [Jacqueline Carey])
- Mariana (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [JK Rowling])
- Heidenkind (TBC)
- Carolyn Crane (Dune [Frank Herbert])
- Hilcia (Naamah's Kiss [Jacqueline Carey])
- Kris (The Name of the Wind [Patrick Rothfuss])
- Renee (TBC)
- Christine (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [JK Rowling])
- Leslie (Outlander [Diana Gabaldon])
- starfirenz (Drums of Autumn or The Fiery Cross [Diana Gabaldon] or Kushiel's Scion [Jacqueline Carey])
- sausconys-books (A Plague of Angels [Sheri S Tepper])
- Ag (Lord of the Rings [JRR Tolkein])

Edited to add: Rule 4 and the image. And I know the image seems...unusual, and the word 'big' makes me think of seven league boots, which makes me think of Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones), hence the image *grin*

Edited again to add: Rules 5 & 6 and to update the current list of participants! And maybe it's just me but I'm beginning to see a pattern in the books chosen - Ms Carey and Ms Gabaldon both appear to write quite large books *grin*


  1. Many!

    But there are three in particular:
    Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb
    Prophecy - Elizabeth Haydon
    The Summer Queen - Joan D. Vinge

    I was halfway through the Hobb when I gave up, but I have since bought it as an ebook, so there may be more chance of me reading that one. But I'd like to read the other two as well.

    But I admit it; big, fat books scare me.

    Maybe I could try to read at least one of those in 2010. Maybe...

  2. But I admit it; big, fat books scare me.

    Big, fat books scare me too Kerry. They are just so...menancing... *grin*

    Good luck with reading Ship of Destiny (if you decided to read it :) You're braver than me - I've never even tried the Ship books...

  3. Have you also noticed how they are often fantasy books - or is it just that that's the genre I read?

    I dubbed it BFF-fear - Big Fat Fantasy fear.

  4. Actually, good point... I wonder why? *thinks* The complex world-building and huge cast of characters?

  5. I think it's that it is what they think the readers want.

  6. Oh, I loved Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy. Those were some decent sized books, though.

    I'm with you Orannia - my big book I want to get through is also one of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy books (the second one since I read the first one last year). As much as I loved the first one, it was two weeks dedicated to just one book and I've been hesitant to take that time out again. But next year I must read it!

  7. I still have the final Harry Potter to read... don't know how many pages, but it just seems so freaking big! Maybe that will be my book :) Although I still have to finish Brsingr by Christopher Paolini... that monster was about 1400 pages on my ereader. I just felt so overwhelmed by it.

    AND I have Jacqueline Carey on my TBR list as well. So many choices O_O

  8. Kristen ~ I know they're good. I loved all the ones I've read. But something happened when I was half way through the last Liveship one (I don't remember what but probably a CFS crash) and I stopped reading. And somehow I never got back to it. So I now feel I need to start the book again and it's big and... Well, I'm sure you get the idea. I have the Fool trilogy as well and I feel I can't try those until I finish Ship of Destiny, so the whole Robin Hobb thing is just totally stalled.

  9. I know what you mean, Kerry. At one point I was halfway through the third Malazan book and then got distracted by the fourth Song of Ice and Fire book coming out. Then enough time passed that I felt I needed to start from the beginning, so it took a while to pick it back up again even thought it was good.

  10. Yay, Orannia! ^_^ You know I will join you... or at least attempt to (haha).

    I love Howl's Moving Castle! Great image choice. :)

  11. This is a cool challenge. I usually don't do challenges, but what the heck! I have been meaning to read DUNE. I can't wait to hear what you think about Kushiel's Dart!!!

  12. LOL on Jacqueline Carey, orannia. I have Naamah's Kiss on my TBR pile. It's been there since it released. A friend and I call it the "door stopper" -- I hope to read it before "Naamah's Curse" releases next year. ;P At 656 pages, I think that one qualifies.

  13. PS: CJ, you'll love Dune! At least, I hope you will, lol! I did. *g*

  14. Oh, lots of interesting big books to be read! OK, I've taken the liberty of assuming you're all 'keen' and I'll make a list of participants and books. Please note, this is not carved in stone (see Rule 4) and...I'm going to add a fifth Rule - you can change the book in question at any time *grin*

    Bring on 2010!

  15. Kerry - it may be :) Good luck with Ship of Destiny!

    Kristen - YAH! Jacqueline Carey sure writes some big books - LOL! So the book in question is Kushiel's Chosen?

    Mariana - according to Amazon, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is 784 pages long (hardback format), so that definitely qualifies IMO!

  16. YAH heidenkind! Thank you ! I've listed your book as TBC for the moment!

    CJ - thank you! Dune it is. *adds CJ to participant list* As to what I think of Kushiel's Dart...were you thinking just general thoughts or a review? I could give the latter a go *makes stern note to self to write review of The Mirador ASAP*

    Hilcia - YAH! Thank you so much for participating! Naamah's Kiss it is. I'm finding it very amusing the Jacqueline Carey is featuring so prominently :)

  17. I need to read Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind. It's like a gazillion pages and keeps looking at me. :(

    PS - I <3 Howl's Moving Castle. Both the book and the anime.

  18. Kris - I'm adding you to the list - thank you! Actually, I've got The Name of the Wind on my TBR list too. It's all The Book Smuggler's fault for pimping it :) *thinks* YAH! If we both read it this year then we have someone to go - OMG did you just read X? I love it when I can do that :)

  19. LOL. I love it, too. We can definitely do that, Orannia.

  20. YAH! Just give me a heads up so I can tottle down to the library and borrow it :)

  21. Yes, that would be Kushiel's Chosen. Although I've also got Naamah's Kiss and have been putting that one off due to its size too. I could make a huge list of books I want to read but keep procrastinating on because I know they'll take me forever to get through.

  22. Thank you Kristen :) Hmmm. There is nothing in the rules to say you can't join twice (with different books :)

  23. A little late, as usual. < g >
    Oh, you are a girl after my own heart!
    I have Kushiel's Dart
    Daughter of the Forest, and
    In the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (which I read about at The Book Smugglers, too!)
    The hard part will be choosing which one for the challenge! :-)

  24. Never late Renee :) Ohhh, so many choices. I too have all three, but I didn't think Daughter of the Forest was big... *makes note to check page numbers* Hmmm, maybe you could pick both Kushiel's Dart AND In the Name of the Wind. Hmmm, with it on your, Kris and my TBR lists...I sense a challenge within a challenge.... *cue evil laugh*

  25. Oh I'm so doing this. Have you noticed how long I've had Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on my sidebar? That's my book for this challenge. But I'm also going to read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl within the next month and it is 563 pages. So I may just meet your challenge TWICE! I'll try, anyway. Great challenge idea.

  26. p.s. I love Howl's Moving Castle. Well, I didn't read the book, but have seen Hayao Myazaki's animated film version. We love his work.

  27. YAH Christine and welcome. I'll add the Harry Potter book, but let me know if you read Beautiful Creatures and you can have two entries :)

    I read Howl's Moving Castle first, and only saw the movie last year. Christian Bale has the most amazing voice!

  28. I hope it's not too late to join because this is just the challenge I need to get over my fear of Gabaldon's Outlander. :) But I also have Kushiel's Dart, The Name of the Wind and In Her Name on the tbr pile. LOL Lots of big ones to chose from but I think I'll go with Outlander.

    Excellent challenge Orannia!

  29. It's definitely not too late to join Leslie. It will be lovely to have you with us :) Ohhh, so many big books! But Outlander it will be. I think there are a few of us who haven't read The Name of the Wind. Am honestly thinking we need a competition just for that :)

  30. Orannia, I hope you don't mind, but I added words to the image for my blog. If you're okay with it and anyone else wants it, it'll be up on my blog shortly.

  31. I have so many books that would qualify for this challenge, but here's a few I feel like I need to read soon:
    Jerlayne by Lynn Abbey
    Inda by Sherwood Smith
    Plague of Angels by Sheri S. Tepper

  32. I don't mind at all Kerry. Out of interest, how did you do that?

    Sausconys - welcome :) If you'd like to participate in the challenge, just let me know what book you decide on and I'll add you to the list :)

  33. Sorry it's taken me so long to add myself to you your list, kechara, but I have 3 books that fall into this category (2 of which have been propping up Mt TBR since I was in the UK!):
    - Drums of Autumn, by Diana Gabaldon (1200 pages)
    - The Fiery Cross, also by Ms Gabaldon (1400 pages)
    - Kushiel's Scion (960 pages)

    I'm going to count my challenge a success if I can read ONE of them this year, but I'm going to aim to read all 3 and see how I go!

  34. Not a problem kechara. According to Rule 6 you can join whenever...although I don't expect anyone to join in December *grin* I've added your name and included all three books. Good luck!

  35. Thank you. I think I'll go with A Plague of Angels because I feel guilty about my pile of unread Teppers.

  36. I did it!!! I finished my Big Book Challenge!!!!

    *happy dancing*

    Woooooooo!!!! ^_^