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

Saturday, December 7, 2013

2014 Chunkster Challenge Sign-ups





Welcome to the 2014 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. 

Rules for this challenge:


  • Audio books and e-books are now 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 have to list your book ahead of time.
  • Graphic novels don’t count. Sorry guys but reading a chunkster graphic novel isn’t the same as reading a non-graphic chunkster.


I’ve been thinking long and hard about the levels of participation that have always been a part of this challenge. This year we’re going to try something new: there won’t be any levels

Don’t get me wrong. This is still a reading challenge. Challenge yourself without being locked in to a certain number. If you didn’t read any chunksters in 2013 and want to change that in 2014, come up with a number and try to read that amount. 

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 your goal. Mr. Linky is acting up so if you write a post, leave a link in the comment section.

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

130 comments:

  1. Okay, I am going to do much better this year. Thanks for doing it again Miss Wendy.

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  2. Yay, I would love to read a chunkster next year. Thanks for hosting this challenge.

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  3. I keep trying I hope this year I can get to the chunksters I want. I hope at least three or four.

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    1. Melissa, YA books count but not graphic novels.

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    2. I was asking about YA books, not graphic novels, but thank you for your clarification.

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  5. Hi Vasilly! I had a wonderful time with the challenge this year and I will be joining up again. I'm glad to see ebooks allowed, since I really like older books that are sometimes hard to get in print format.

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  6. I hope to read at least 3 chunksters in 2014...

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  7. Hi Vasilly....I love a FAT books! The more pages, the better they are...except for some!! But this challenge sounds right up my alley...so I hope to have fun! I am not quoting any number but I hope atleast it will be one a month!!!

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  8. I'm in! I hope to read at least five chunksters!

    http://livingforbooks.com/chunkster-reading-challenge

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  9. HI Vasilly, I hope to read 15 chunksters in 2014.

    http://www.duskyliterati.com/challenges-2/2013-challenges/current-challenges-k/chunkster/

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    1. I was trying to leave a comment on your blog but was unable to. Your stack looks great. Miss Anne in Harlem is also on my reading list for this challenge. Happy reading.

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  10. Well heck! If I read one book, I'll win, right??? I'm in! :)

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    1. Yep! Especially if you didn't read any chunksters this year!

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  11. I don't have a list yet (I don't even know what I'm going to read tomorrow!), but I'm going to aim for 10 :)

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  12. I pledge 12 Chunksters for the 2014 season!! /drama

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  13. I'm in this year! http://myreadingbooks.blogspot.ca/2013/12/i-didnt-do-any-reading-challenges-last.html

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  14. I'm glad ebooks are finally allowed! I read everything on my ebook, and so I couldn't participate before. But now I'm IN!!
    http://irrelevant-scribble.blogspot.cz/2013/12/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

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  15. I didn't participate last year and I regretted it! Signing up for 2014 now, for 6 books: http://carolinebookbinder.blogspot.com/2013/12/reading-challenges-2014.html

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  16. Hi! A public librarian participating for the first time! Since I facilitate three book clubs in addition to my own reading, I'm thrilled that audio is now officially sanctioned. (My commute isn't that long but it's critical to the overall page count.) I'm starting a reading challenge book club in January with blog discussion boards and face to face meetings both on offer, and can't wait to open up the world of reading challenges, on and off line, to my patrons.

    I'm starting with Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch; it will be one challenge offered to the book club, with a 3-month and 6-month track. I'm flying blind here, so we'll see!

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  17. Now that E books are allowed, I will once again participate. I will commit to twenty.

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  18. Here's my signup post! http://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2013/12/chunkster-challenge-2014.html

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  19. I'll sign up! So excited to read chunksters with fellow lovers! I'll sign up for 12. My link goes live on Saturday morning: http://wp.me/p3SAtW-oa

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  20. OK, I'm in too! I need some motivation to read those chunksters on my shelf! Thanks for hosting!

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  21. Here is mine: http://jaynesbooks.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

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  22. I've always been intimidated by big books, kind of silly because i love to read! So I'm signing up, and my goal is going to be a modest 3, because I can't even remember the last time I read a book over 450 pages~ My blog post is going up as soon as I write it, hopefully today!!

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  23. I adore long books, so I'm excited to join this challenge in 2014. I have 3 books from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series sitting on my bookshelf and I'd be thrilled to read them by the end of the year. My reading blog is offline and I need to figure out how to move it to another hosting site, so for now, I'm just going to post in comments.

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    1. Ok, I'm joining. I don't usually officially sign up for challenges, but I have a nice set of chunksters waiting for me. Here's my post: http://livingawritinglife.blogspot.com/2013/12/chunkster-reading-challenge.html

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  25. Last year, I signed up for the highest of the four levelsl "Mor-book-ly Obese" which meant eight or more Chunksters (books over 450 pages) of which three must be 750 pages or more. I reached that goal at the end of March. By now I have read 35 with probably two more to finish before the year is over.

    I think i can therefore easily pledge to read double the amount of last year's pledge, i.e. 16 chunkys, I am looking forward to finding a lot of interesting ones.

    So here is the link to my post.

    Marianne from Let's Read

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  26. I'm in - happy that ebooks and audiobooks count this year, so I don't have to join a separate challenge for those!
    http://avidseriesreader.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-chunkster-reading-challenge.html

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  27. I do a lot of commuting and since audiobooks are allowed I am setting a goal of 15 books with at least 4 over 750 pages. Here is my signup post: http://cdnbookworm.blogspot.ca/2013/12/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

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  28. This sounds like fun! I am still working on the post for my blog (booklovinghippo.wordpress.com) but will definitely have it up sometime soon! I'm planning on reading 5 "chunksters" in 2014!

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  29. I have The Brother's Karamazov, the Luminaries and A Place of Greater Safety on my TBR piles :-)

    http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/2014-challenges.html

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  30. This looks like fun! I signed up :) I hope to get at least 5 books and I want one of those 5 to be over 1000 pages.

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  31. I'm joining! I'm aiming for three. I know, not very many but I would like to complete the challenge :)
    Thank you for hosting!

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  32. I am aiming for 3 this year. My sign-up blog post is here:
    http://ashscerebrations.com/2013/12/23/reading-challenge-2014/

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  33. I would like to read 20 chunksters this year. Here's my sign up post:
    http://hiddeninpages.com/2013/12/26/2014-reading-challenge-chunkster-reading-challenge/

    Thanks for hosting!

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  34. Thank you for hosting. I have a one post 2014 Reading Challenge showing all those I've signed up for.
    http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-reading-challenges.html

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  35. Here is my sign up post:

    http://adammstone.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/2014-chunkster-challenge/

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  36. Wow, I'm so impressed with the number of people who want to challenge themselves to read chunksters ~~~ I know how intimidating they can be! I read 14 chunksters last year but this coming year, I'm not going to be so ambitious. I haven't set a number but I suspect I'll read 6 - 7+ this year. Here is my link: http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2013/12/last-minute-challenges-2014.html

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  37. I'm new to this challenge. I'm aiming for 6 chunky books this year. So glad that audio books are allowed!

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  38. I'm hoping to complete 4 this year! http://eren0317.blogspot.com/
    Thank you for hosting again!

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  39. I will be aiming for 20 chunkster in 2014. Wish me luck!

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  40. Great challenge! I signed up to read at least 15 chunkster books in 2014: http://thetemporaryescape.blogspot.com/p/2014-challenges.html

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  41. I'm in! I'm setting up a goal of six chunksters this year. This is my sign-up post: http://wutheringreads.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/2014-challenges-sign-up/

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  42. I'm in again for 2014! I'm old school, though, so paper chunksters only. My goal is six, with a stretch goal of eight. Here is my sign up post: http://www.rosecityreader.com/2013/12/2014-challenge-chunkster-challenge.html

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  43. Here's my sign-up post: http://xjessiexbellex.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

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  44. I'm hoping to read 15-20 chunksters. Here's my post:

    http://bookishrealm.blogspot.fi/2013/12/reading-challenges-2014-chunkster.html

    Thanks for hosting the challenge!

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  45. This is my first time to join and I'm really excited!planning to read at least 14 :)

    http://confettiandfireworks.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

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  46. I'm joining in! Here is my post to my challenge sign ups!

    http://ageeksbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/challenge-sign-ups-for-2014.html

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  47. I participated this year with 6 and I want to read 8 for 2014. I won't leave a link just this comment. Thanks

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  48. Sign me up!

    I'm going to read seven, hopefully, along with my Classics Club challenge: http://lagraciada.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/2014-reading-challenges.html

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  49. Sign me up! Planning to read 8-10 chunksters!

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  50. I'm so down for this challenge! I'm going with at least 5 chunksters. I posted a pic here but we'll see what actually pans out. :)
    http://estellasrevenge.blogspot.com/2013/12/tss-current-good-things.html

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  51. I'm in again, I'm hoping to read at least 6 Chunksters. I an so glad audio and e-books are allowed now! Thanks for hosting this and working to make it fun!.

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    1. The link to the my post is:
      http://abookwormsjourney.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-chunkster-reading-challenge.html

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  52. I'm in! This is so what I've been looking for, thanks for hosting!
    I plan on reading 15 chunksters in 2014...here's my link:
    http://beccabooklover.blogspot.de/p/challenges-2013.html

    Julia@BeccaBooklover

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  53. I'm going to try and read at least 10 chunksters in 2014! :D Here's my post: http://wordsonpaperya.blogspot.com/2013/12/end-of-2013-reading-goals.html

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  54. Looks fun!

    http://writingchristiannovels.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-reading-challenges-im-joining.html

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  55. I'm in again this year! My goal is 5 chunksters. See my sign-up post.

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  56. I'm in - I'd like to say I'll shoot for 6 chunksters this year but I think 4 is a better goal to start with.

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  57. I am in, I don't think I will get it as far I wish but I am going for 4 of them.

    http://thebookishdiaries.blogspot.com/p/2014-reading-challenges.html#Chunkster

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  58. I am in! Here's my link!! http://litlequeenrules.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

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  59. I'm going to read at least six Chunksters this year. I got into a slump in 2013 (obsessive crossword puzzle solving), but I think I'm back for 2014. http://richardlecomte.blogspot.com/2013/12/book-blogging-revival-for-2014.html

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  60. Going to try for 10!
    http://watchingthewords.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/2014-reading-challenges/

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  61. I'm joining in! Thanks for hosting, my goal is to knock 10 chunksters off my TBR.
    http://mynoveladdiction.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/2014-challenge-chunkster-reading-challenge/
    Chels

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  62. Thank you for hosting this challenge! My goal is 5 chunksters.

    http://dangerousmetaphors.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/2014-challenges.html

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  63. I'm in! Low goal of five chunksters but that's quite enough, given how busy my year is set to be.

    http://secludedcharm.blogspot.com/2013/12/reading-challenge-chunkster-challenge.html

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  64. I'm in! Hope to read at least 2...but will probably read more!

    http://exlibrisheather.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/my-2014-reading-challenges/

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  65. I'm in...hoping to get those chunksters in this year!

    http://www.alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-chunkster-reading-challenge.html

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  66. Here's my sign-up post:http://thevoraciousreaderandletterwriter.blogspot.com/2014/01/chunkster-reading-challenge.html

    I've been wanting to read thicker books so this challenge is perfect for me! Thanks for hosting :-) For now I'm starting off with 4 books, but might change it to a higher number if I know I can manage it later.

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  67. Hi! I could say I've been a little afraid of 'chunksters', a word I learned last year when I saw your cute elephant mascot. I've been an avid reader since I was a single digit, small child. The thing is I do 30-40 challenges. And drum roll please: Feb 1st I'm going to be a new hostess of 3 of my new! (All of you are welcome).

    This year YA is allowed (although that demographic is least of my material) -and- absence of levels? Then I can't lose. I *own* several 450-page books and you know what? Last year I went as far as pasting all of your details into a notepad document, as I always do but saw that I was too busy for this theme. This year I'll join! Happy 2014 to everyone! Carolyn. http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/riedel-reading-themes/

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  68. Here's my sign up post. Goal for five books.

    http://bkwrmjchallenges.blogspot.ca/2014/01/chunkster-challenge-2014.html

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  69. I am in for this one. Already starting a big read as we speak. http://www.booknook516.blogspot.com/

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  70. Count me in! http://61musings.com/2014-reading-challenges/ My first chunkster is One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.

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  71. Thanks for taking this over, Vasilly. Although I signed up last year, and I know I read quite a few chunksters, I didn't keep track. This year, I've kept challenge sign up to under 10 so I can maintain better. haha! Anyway, here's my post: http://truebookaddictchallenges.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

    Happy New Year to you!

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  73. I'm going for 5 books & that is a big goal for me. For some reason, I never could get through a chunkster when I was reading books, but I can fly thru an ebook like nothing.

    Post: http://veggiemomof2.blogspot.com/2014/01/chunkster-challenge.html

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  74. I'm going to do it! I've noticed fewer people doing challenges and I think book blogs have become a bit less fun because of it. So I'm signing up. I'll read at least one and we'll see what happens.

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  75. I´m joing in! My goal is to read 5 chunksters. Thanks for hosting!

    http://duppeditter.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/2014-chunkster-challenge/

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  76. I'm joining in too. I'm signing up for 10 chunksters!!
    http://christinarosendahl.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/reading-challenges-2014/

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  77. Count me in! Please blog back with my number when you assign one. :) Carolyn! http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/historic-chunky-lucky-2014/

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  78. Hi Vasilly! Here is my "official" post @ Chick with Books about joining in on the Chunkster Challenge…

    http://chickwithbooks.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-2014-chunkster-challenge.html

    Thanks again for hosting!

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  79. I'm in and will go for at least 5 :)
    http://hegeshobbykrok.blogspot.no/p/reading-cha.html

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  80. http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2014/01/reading-challenges-2014.html

    I'm putting my goal as 10 this year. Thanks for hosting.

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  81. I want to read 10 chunksters this year. Here's my goal post: http://msbuff.com/2014/01/06/2014-chunkster-reading-challenge/

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  82. Will join too. My goal is 5 chunksters for 2014.

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  83. I'm in! I'm committing to 6 right now, although I suspect I'm going to increase that number over time. :)

    http://astripedarmchair.wordpress.com/challenges/#chunkster

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  84. I'm in. I'll commit to 6. How does the 450 pages translate to large-print books?

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  85. I'm in. Though I think that 450 pages hardly counts as a "chunkster". There are a lot of variables affecting page count like font, margin, page and line size, so maybe word-count is a better criterion for determining what is, or is not, a chunkster?

    Regardless, I'm currently reading Anna Karenina and next up with War and Peace. And no, I'm not joking. Anna Karenina is awesome and I have equally high hopes for War and Peac!

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    1. Read both and loved both W & P was my favourite though.

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  86. I am hoping to read Ken Follett's Century Trilogy and have requested Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin to read before the movie comes out in about a month. So that's 4 chunksters. Don't know what else in my to-be-read pile will qualify. Depends on where my tastes take me this year.

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  87. Totally planning to read Roots this year. Bam.

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  88. Hmm I don't know if my first comment worked, so sorry if double posting. I will try 10 chunksters this year. Last year I managed 7 without YA, so now that it is allowed, I hope I will achieve that goal :) http://topchochanbooks.blogspot.com/2014/01/chunkster-2014.html

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  89. I love this challenge, and I'm in!! :))
    Here is my post:
    http://fromisi.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/challenges-for-2014/
    I have lots of chunksters on my shelves and this year I WILL finally read them, for sure! Thanks for the challenge!

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  90. Great challenge, I'm in! My goal is to read 5, and I've posted about it on my blog here:
    http://nonfictionado.com/tackling-chunksters/

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  91. I'd like to sign up! Here's my sign-up post. http://www.heidiup7.blogspot.com/2014/01/reading-challenges-for-new-year.html

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  92. I know I'm late, but I would like to join in too!

    http://www.literaryfeline.com/2014/01/i-know-i-said-no-challenges-this-year.html

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  93. I'll just found out about this challenge and would love to sign up :) Committing to 8. Here is my link:

    http://littlebookfiend.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

    p.s. I love the challenge button! Laura x

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  94. Thanks so much for hosting this! I'm a little late getting signed up. Hope to read at least a couple of chunksters this year. Here's the link to my blog post:

    http://jlshall.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-chunkster-reading-challenge.html

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  95. I don't see a separate post or link to post reviews - so here's my first chunkster for the challenge: Night Soldiers by Alan Furst http://www.shelfari.com/books/471561/Night-Soldiers/reviews/4388193

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  96. My first chunkster: is the fourth book in a famous series: A feast of Crows...
    it is a chunkster :D

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  97. I am aiming to read THREE chunksters in 2014!

    http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

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  98. I'm gonna try and do at least one! Brilliant idea!
    http://aimeerobyn.blogspot.com/2014/01/reading-challenges-2014.html

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  99. Ok, I'm going to try this one. I'm aiming for three, but may go over, but three seems like a reasonable number to begin with.
    http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-chunkster-reading-challenge.html

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  100. I was looking for the 2014 review link-up page and could only find previous years -- will there be one for this year's challenge? I'm excited to have completely my first book for this year :)

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      I'll add a link-up page in a few days.

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  101. Signing up for this! I've set my goal at 10: http://www.booksofamber.com/2014/01/tatums-2014-challenges.html

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  102. This is a great idea for a challenge! I'm aiming to read 5 chunksters this year. Here is my sign-up post featuring all my reading challenges: http://tizzypotts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/2014-reading-list-and-challenges.html

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  103. I am already surpassing how many *big tomes of books!* I am reading this year, so I'll aim higher than ever at a full *25!* :) My post is over here: 2014 Chunkster Challenge. Considering I'm starting at 13 I surprised myself! :O

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  104. First year participating, and SO excited! I'm committing to 15 chunksters this year. My post is here: http://madbooklove.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/2014-chunkster-challenge/

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  105. I am really excited about this challenge! You can find my post here!

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  106. Just found out about the challenge and I'm joining in, a bit late :) Just blogged about it, and included to my tentative tbr list for the challenge. Aiming for one chunkster a month!
    http://finleyjaynesbookshelves.blogspot.com/2014/03/joining-chunkster-reading-challenge.html

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  107. I am finished with this challenge - thanks!! http://litlequeenrules.blogspot.com/2014/03/2014-chunkster-challenge-wrap-up.html

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  108. Hi! I'm so glad I found this challenge, it will be a fun to partake in. :) Here is my post about the challenge. Thank you for hosting it! nicole
    http://daysofbooksandstarlight.blogspot.com/2014/03/more-reading-challenges.html

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  109. I'm excited to join this challenge. I've already got 2 books down! Here's my sign-up post: http://www.smilingshelves.com/1/post/2014/03/chunkster-challenge-sign-up.html

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  110. My reading goal is to finish Les MIserables in French & English & find & read The Hunchback of Notre Dame in French & English (unabriged). Also want to read the Harry Potter series & A Casual Vacancy.

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  111. Only just found this group. Great idea! I shall start with 3 for now. Thanks for hosting.

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  112. Excited to try again even if I am joining late: http://beastmomma.squarespace.com/from-shelf-to-hand/2014/4/16/2014-chunkster-reading-challenge.html

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  113. Joining very late, have read three chunksters and plan to read at least three more. My post is here: http://bitterteaandmystery.blogspot.com/2014/05/reading-very-long-books-chunkster.html

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  114. I know I'm late to sign up. I forgot to sign up last year but still managed 7 chunksters last year. So far I have read 5 this year and hope to do more. Could use some recommended reading as well.

    JHM
    http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

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  115. I am signing up and it is too bad that I only saw challenge now.

    http://crafts4others.blogspot.com/2014/05/2014-chunkster-challenge.html

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