The Challenge….

The two things among many things, that I realize in the hindsight I missed the most during my blogging hiatus were good book recommendations and reading challenges! After blogging for 8 years I can proclaim to all and sundry that Blogging besides helping me become part of tribe, called readers; forced me to read books that I would not have usually read and find favorites that I did not know could be a favorite. Virginia Woolf’s To The Light House and Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin to name a few! In the absence of book discussion, I found myself drifting in deeper in the reading slump and I was running out of ideas and definitely motivation! But two weeks back into this familiar comforting world, I have added more book’s to the TBR (as Kagssy recently mentioned in her post, Ahem! and then went ahead and introduced me to a author whom I have never read; I really missed this!) and there are enough challenges to push one into action!

I am aware that I am slowly returning to form, so I am being sensible and not signing up for everything! However I am supremely tempted aka as in given in to join the Big Book Summer Reading Challenge, hosted by Sue Jackson over at Book by Book! There are no rocket science rules and it’s easy and flexible and I quote them directly from the blog page –

  • Anything 400 pages or more qualifies as a big book.
  • The challenge will run from Memorial Day weekend (starting May 22 this year) through Labor Day weekend (Labor Day is September 7 this year).
  • Choose one or two or however many big books you want as your goal. Wait, did you get that?  You only need to read 1 book with 400+ pages this summer to participate! (though you are welcome to read more, if you want).
  • Sign up on the first links list on Book by Book.
  • Write a post to kick things off: you can list the exact big books you plan to read or just publish your intent to participate, but be sure to include the Big Book Summer Challenge pic, with a link back to Book by Book. It’s fine to kick-off your Big Book Summer as part of another post.
  • Write a post to wrap up at the end, listing the big books you read during the summer.
  • You can write progress posts if you want to and/or reviews of the big books you’ve read … but you don’t have to! There is a separate links list at Book by Book for big book reviews, progress update posts, and wrap-up posts.

This challenge works beautifully for me – I have just started a chunkster The Anarchy by William Dalrymple and am also in the middle of The Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. After a book slump that lasted so very long, I could do with the additional impetus this challenge brings and the timelines are generous enough to allow me some room for distraction if I desperately need it! A shout out to the wonderful Classic’s Club for always keeping me posted on what is happening in the bookish world!

Outside of this, the only other read along that I may jump in is with Cleo and if and when she reads, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. All folks who have been following me know Cleo is my soul sister and our reading adventures have been far and sometimes totally wild (we never did finish Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol despite all our enthusiasm!Yikes!)and reading with her is both insightful and funny! It’s been ages since I read anything with her and to read a novel like To Kill a Mockingbird, a book that defined my character, just makes it doubly wonderful!

So that’s my Summer reading plan! The idea is to keep it simple and tread with care, but move forward neverthless! What then is your reading plan?


10 thoughts on “The Challenge….

  1. LOL! Happy to be a bad influence – my TBR has grown into a mountain thanks to other people’s blogs! I am going for no challenges at all over the summer, except to clear as much of the TBR as I can. Good luck with your chunksters, and do go back and finish Dead Souls if you can! 😀

    1. Hahahhaaaa….Totally! It’s so hard to resist; all of you have such wonderful recommendations. I got hold of A Month in the Country already…see what I mean! 😀 Sticking to your TBR is one of the most sensible things ever!

  2. i’ve never kept track of a TBR list before… but i’ll look around for a 400+ pager to read and post on… i have quite a few books so one of them ought to fit the criteria… tx for the idea!

    1. Woohoo!!! Yes, the more the merrier! You should anyway ace it easily, considering all the long and at times supremely complexly plotted books that you read!

  3. I wonder if I should join the Big Book Summer Challenge, too. for now I’m doing the Ten Books of Summer challenge. I put all of my 400+ page reads up front bc they’ll take me longer. So I’m reading three right now. Hmmm…I shall think about joining and keep myself accountable.

  4. Hi!

    I’m so happy you’ve decided to join the fun this summer! But somehow, you found your way to the 2019 challenge page! That’s why the links lists were closed 🙂 Your link here in this post also goes to last year’s page.

    Instead, can you stop by the 2020 page (link below) and leave your link in the links list and update this post to send people to the current page?



    2020 Big Book Summer Challenge

  5. Welcome to the 2020 Big Book Summer Challenge!!

    (and thanks for moving your link to the current page – much appreciated!)

    I just love Bill Bryson, though I haven’t read that particular one yet (but I want to!), and I haven;t read your other Big Book yet, either. Sounds like a great plan to me – you’ve got the right idea – it’s summer, keep it easy-going!

    Glad you found your way to the right challenge page and joined the fun!! You can stop back anytime during the summer to leave reviews of Big Books and/or updates (in the 2nd links list). Welcome!


    2020 Big Book Summer Challenge

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