Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Feeling Chunky: The Chunkster Challenge 2009

Someone should invent the "Have You Lost Your Tiny Mind?" reading challenge – I'd be perfect for it.

So, here's the sad news. I've found yet another really neat, really unavoidable challenge (will you people please stop coming up with these!). I know I've already signed up for just about every reading challenge on the internet. But the Chunkster Challenge, hosted by Dana of So Many Books So Little Time (so true!), looks like a cinch. It runs until November 15th, and requires as few as two books. And allows crossovers with other challenges. See what I mean? A cinch.

For the purposes of the challenge, a "chunkster" is defined as 450 pages or more of literature written for adults (so no children's or YA titles). Fiction or non- is allowed, but no audiobooks. There are several reading levels to choose from:
  1. The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who has a large tome or two to read, but really doesn't want to commit to more than that. 2 books is all you need to finish this challenge.
  2. Do These Books Make My Butt Look Big? - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 3-5 Chunksters over the next ten months.
  3. Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.
  4. And lastly, in an intriguing collaboration with the wildly popular Miz B of the TBR Challenge we have:
    Too Big To Ignore Anymore - this option is for those chunksters on your TBR list. You may select any number of books over 450 pages but you must LIST THEM to complete the challenge and they must be on your TBR list as well
I would really love to go with Level 2, just because of the name; but I'm going to be a sensible Chubby Chunkster and stick with the first level. I've already got several chunky choices on my "possibles" list for this year's challenges, and I'm pretty sure I can get through at least two of them.

To read more about the challenge and sign up, please visit the official challenge blog, Feelin' Chunky. Now I need to go look for my misplaced sanity – oh, and start reading those chunksters.


  1. You are right - this one is too creative to pass up. Must scout my shelves to see if I have any qualifying books. MUST NOT buy more!

  2. Hmmmm....I might have to start a group of my own -- Reading Challenge Anonymous!

  3. lol You are the definition of "glutton."

  4. I'm trying to avoid that urge to join this challenge too!!! Good God, when will the madness stop!!

  5. I probably should have gone with option 1 like you, but I got it in my crazy head when I was signing up that I could at least get three in, which is actually reasonable, but I shouldn't be setting myself up like this with all my other challenges. But, I really wanted to fit The Woman in White in there somewhere and signing up for the Chunkster Challenge seemed the way to do it. As if I need an excuse to read the book . . .

    Good luck with the challenge, Joy!


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