Welcome to the Chunkster Reading Challenge - a challenge which satisfies those readers who like their books fat and chunky!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Chunkster Challenge Sticky Post

It’s the end of January and depending on where you live, it’s the perfect season to snuggle up with a chunkster. (Really any time is a good time to crack open a chunkster.) More than 100 people have signed up for the Chunkster Challenge so far!! Thank you.

Every month, you can find announcements about chunkster read-alongs, guest posts, and anything else chunkster-related that I can think of.

Happy reading!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chunkster Giveaway!!

Hey guys! Bloomsbury USA sent me an ARC (advance reading copy) of Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land by Sandy Tolan. The book won’t be released in stores until April 2015 and one lucky Chunkster participant can win this copy.

Publisher’s synopsis:

Children of the Stone is the unlikely story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a kid from a Palestinian refugee camp who confronts an occupying army, gets an education, masters an instrument, dreams of something much bigger than himself, and then, through his charisma and persistence, inspires scores of others to work with him to make that dream real. That dream: a music school in the midst of a refugee camp, a school to transform the lives of thousands of children-as Ramzi's life was transformed-through music. 

Daniel Barenboim, the Israeli musician and music director of La Scala in Milan and the Berlin Opera, is among those who help Ramzi realize his dream. He has played with Ramzi frequently–at chamber music concerts in Al-Kamandjati, the school Ramzi worked so hard to build, and in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra that Barenboim founded with the late Palestinian intellectual, Edward Said.

Theirs is a story about music, first, but also about freedom and conflict; determination and vision. It's a vivid portrait of life amid checkpoints and military occupation, a growing movement of nonviolent resistance, the past and future of musical collaboration across the Israeli-Palestinian divide, and the potential of music to help children see new possibilities for their lives. Above all, Children of the Stone chronicles the journey of one man, Ramzi Aburedwan, and how he and his cohorts navigated against the odds to create something lasting and beautiful in a war-torn land.

To win this copy, you HAVE to be a Chunkster Challenge 2015 participant and live in the United States. Leave a comment below to enter the contest. You don’t have to leave your email address if it’s on your Blogger profile. I’ll randomly choose the winner on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The winner has 24 hours to contact me with their mailing information. If I do hear from the winner within that time, another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

First Quarter Link-Up

Hey guys! Instead of posting a monthly link-up post, for now on, I'm going to post a quarterly Mr. Linky for participants to use.  Mr. Linky will be good for the next four months, from now until the end of April. 

When you provide your link, please link up directly to your review and use the following format:
Your Name (Title of Book - page count)
Also, if you read a chunkster in large print, please put LP behind your page count. I've seen links to books that aren't normally chunksters. A chunkster is a book that is 450 PAGES OR LONGER.
Happy reading!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Chunkster Challenge

Welcome to the 2015 Chunkster Challenge! I’m your host, Vasilly.

Wondering what’s a chunkster? A chunkster is an adult or YA book, non-fiction or fiction, that’s 450 pages or more.

Here’s the rules for this year’s challenge:

  • Audio books and e-books are allowed. You want to listen to a chunkster on audio? Be my guest.
  • Essay, short story, and poetry collections are allowed but they have to be read in their entirety to count.
  •  Books may crossover with other challenges.
  • Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog. Feel free to leave your progress on the monthly link-up posts. 
  •  You don’t have to list your books ahead of time. 
  •  Graphic novels don’t count. Reading a chunkster graphic novel isn’t the same as reading a non-graphic chunkster.

Just like last year, there won’t be any levels with this challenge. How you challenge yourself is up to you. Read 1 book for this challenge or 20. It’s all up to you.

I understand that chunksters can be a bit intimidating. My goal is to encourage as many people as possible to give chunksters a try. We all love short books because we can get through them in a sitting or a few days. It’s different with chunksters. With chunksters, you have to slow down and take your time. The Chunkster Challenge is all about having fun and reading good books. 

All I ask is that participants either write a post or leave a comment in the comments section letting the world know that you’re participating. You can also link directly to your post about this challenge below in Mr. Linky. 

 I’ll be right here to cheer you on. Happy reading.

Mr. Linky is now closed. Please leave your link in the comments.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chunkster Challenge 2015

Hey Chunskter readers! Here's a quick note to let you know that the Chunkster Challenge will return in 2015! I'll put up a sign-up post and one where you can link up to your stacks and goals for the new year. Look for those posts in the next week. Happy Holidays

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Winter Link-Up

We're in the final stretch of the year. The days are shorter and the nights are longer, the perfect season for reading a chunkster.

This linky is staying up until January 1, 2015.
When you provide your link, please link up directly to your review and use the following format:
Your Name (Title of Book - page count)
Also, if you read a chunkster in large print, please put LP somewhere in your link. I've seen links to books that aren't normally chunksters.
Happy reading.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Read-along alert: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Hey guys! I hope your summer is going well. Instead of shrinking, my summer tbr (to be read) pile is growing as I find book after book that I want to read while the days are long.

The lovely ladies over at The Estella Society are hosting a summer read-along of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. This chunkster is one of my favorite books of all time. If you’ve always wanted to read the book, now is a great time. The event starts later this month on July 21st and continues until August 18th.

For more information, click on the link above.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Link-Up

It's summer, the perfect time to read a chunkster. We all have a lot going on in the summer so this linky is different. It's staying up for the whole summer until September 1st. As usual, if you decide not to review one of your reads, feel free to leave a short comment about it in the comments section.
When you provide you link, please link up directly to your review and use the following format:
Your Name (Title of Book - page count)
Also, if you read a chunkster in large print, please put LP somewhere in your link. I've seen links to books that aren't normally chunksters.
Happy summer!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Review Link-Up

You guys are going strong with your reviews! Below is our newest Mr. Linky. If you read a book in April and are just now reviewing it, be sure to leave a link in this linky. We would love to read your review.