the preamble: Last year, I looked at Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in the library, and decided I didn't really want to carry a brick around for 5 months while I tried to read it. Also, this was my toughest challenge last year.
the rationale: I really didn't want to sign up for this because chunkster books scare me. I worry I won't like it, that it will take too long to finish when there are so many other more reasonable books (250 - 400 pages) out there. But I probably read at least 4 big books in a year. It helps that I am reading The Book Thief right now, weighing in at about 545 pages. As well, so far I am sticking with Les Miserables at livejournal, a chapter a day. That's two right there. So let's make a little list of books I know I'd like to read, and see what it looks like.
- The Book Thief, Markus Zusak: 550 pages
- Les Miserables, Victor Hugo: ? but it's 365 chapters
- The Night Watch, Sarah Waters: 503 pages
- Lisey's Story, Stephen King: 653 pages
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl: 514 pages
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith: 483 pages
- The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory: 518 pages
- Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons, Lorna Landvik, 483 pages
the caving: I am sure I can read 4 of these by December 20th, 2008.
the credits: think pink dana is hosting this year, since bookfool is looking after her mother, and we are all thinking of them.