03 January 2012

The 2012 Big Book Challenge

Tis the season for Book Challenges! And since it's the season I thought I would...play *grin* So, I hereby bring you: The Big Book Challenge (yes, again). And when I say big I mean really big, because in this challenge, size really does matter. You see, even after reading a number of 'big' books last year, I still panic when I see them... They are so big I'm afraid they will eat my alive! *hides under bed* So, this challenge it to help me tackle those big books that scare me. The challenge rules are simple:

1) Read a big book, and by a big book I mean a book with more than 400 pages, before the end of 2012. Note the change in page length to 400 pages!

2) The book can be in any format as long as its length is equivalent to more than 400 pages in print (hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback) format.

3) The big book can be from any fiction genre (e.g. fantasy, romance, science fiction). It can even be non-fiction.

4) 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*).

5) No penalties if the book isn't read by the end of 2012 (because this is meant to be fun and I'm sure we'll put enough pressure on ourselves without this challenge being the last straw).

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

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

Please sign-up below and let me know in the comments what big book you have been avoiding! For me, it's a re-read: Sarah Monette's Corambis!

This challenge was inspired by the lovely Heidenkind from Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books and a discussion I had at some point....somewhere ...back in 2009.


  1. Yay for the Big Book Challenge... will be reading Inheritance by Christopher Paolini! Was supposed to read this last year, but at 900 pages, I need some time to dedicate to it :)

  2. So glad you've joined! WOW! 900 pages? *scared* That is one big book!

  3. oh dear--wrong website! I meant to link to Karen's blog!

    Mind you, I don't know yet what book it'll be.

  4. I wonder if I'll manage to accidentally complete it again... ;)

  5. azteclady - thank you for joining! And which book it is is fluid - that's the fun part of this challenge :) I look forward to hearing what book you have chosen :)

    Chris - so...you accidentally completed it last year? Well then...I look forward to hearing if you accidentally complete it again this year *grin*

  6. Yay .. count me in. I have possibly already completed this with Carolyn Gray's very long book A Red-Tainted Silence. Unfortunately because there is no print version (that I can see), I can only go by the eBook. According to AllRomanceEbooks it is 220,209 worlds and according to Amazon the Kindle version is approximately 622 words.

    Just in case it doesn't count I will aim to read George RR Martin's Game of Thrones.

  7. YAH! So glad you've joined! A Red-Tainted Silence (which BTW sounds amazing :) probably counts, but all the best for reading A Game of Thrones!

  8. The picture you choose for this post reminded me that I have yet to read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I love the author and it claims to clock in at 432 pages so it just squeaks in :)
    I will add this to my 200 books for 2012 over at Goodreads.

  9. Welcome panalopy! I picked that particular photo because of Howl's seven league boots - they let the wearer take big steps. And...I happened to be watching the movie and fell in love the Christian Bale's voice. But I did read the book first and it's brilliant! Happy reading!

  10. I am IN! I am going to read TWO big books this year, people.. to make it up to myself for not having fulfilled this challenge last year.

    I hope to read Eon and Eona by Allison Goodman.

    And maybe ... if I am lucky... and motivated ... Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

    And or something completely different because sometimes you never know...

    Good luck everyone!

  11. O, 400 pages scares me too! *whimpers* They're so big! I need time to decide what 400 + pg book I will conquer this year. I'll let you know when I decide!

  12. Christine - YAH! Thank you for joining! But...two Big Books? *keels over* One Big Book scares me silly, but two? *impressed* Good luck and happy reading!

    Shell - YAH! So glad you joined! 400 pages is very, very scary. I look forward to hearing what you pick :)