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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 Big Book Summer Challenge


Well I suppose that it's only proper that I mark my full return to the blogosphere with signing up for a book challenge that I can ACTUALLY do. I haven't done as much reading as I used to since I stepped away from the blog and I need a push to get through some of my TBR pile before the year is through. Enter the Big Book Summer Challenge hosted by the fabulous Sue over at Book by Book! Since the year is over halfway through I think this is perfectly suited to me.

The Details:

Hey, it's summer, so we'll keep this low-key and easy!
  • Anything over 400 pages qualifies as a big book.
  • The challenge will run from Memorial Day weekend (starting May 27 this year) through Labor Day weekend (Labor Day is September 5 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 over 400 pages this summer to participate! (though you are welcome to read more, if you want).
  • Choose from what's on your shelves already or a big book you've been meaning to read for ages or anything that catches your eye in the library - whatever peaks your interest!
  • Sign up on the links list below.
  • 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 above, with a link back to this blog.
  • 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 below for big book review posts.
That's it!  Go check out your shelves and your TBR list and sign up over at  Book by Book

(Don't have a blog?  No problem!  You can still participate in the challenge - just leave a comment in the Comment section, stating your goals for the Big Book Summer Challenge or sign up in the Goodreads group.)
At the end of the summer, there will be a Big Book Giveaway! After Labor Day, Sue will select one name from among the participants (bloggers who leave a link below as well as those without a blog who leave a comment to announce their participation or participate through the Goodreads group) and will offer the winner a choice from a selection of Big Books from her own shelves - probably most of the titles I read this summer and perhaps a few others to choose from.

And help spread the word on Twitter with #BigBookSummer (you can follow sue at @suebookbybook).

My Goals:

I don't generally do well with reading according to a list and it isn't a requirement to post one if you sign up but here are some I might just finally get to:

Re-Reads :

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon - 743 pages (Paperback) Time Travel/Historical Fictton
The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton - 486 pages (Paperback) Historical Fiction
Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon - 880 pages (Paperback) Time Travel/Historical Fiction

To Read For the First Time:

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon - 870 pages (Paperback) Time Travel/Historical Fiction
Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga #4) by Jane Linkskold  - 722 pages (Paperback) Fantasy 
The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward - 508 pages (Hardcover) Paranormal Romaance

I read a lot of books that are over 400 pages and will add them to this challenge as I go along but these are the heavy hitters that I really want to get to. 
Happy Reading!


  1. I really hope you enjoy the challenge baby. They look like some interesting titles

  2. Welcome to the Big Book Summer Challenge! I'm so glad you decided to join the fun & honored that you chose this one to get back into the reading/challenge groove :)

    Wow, you have some great - definitely Big! - choices there. Should be a great reading summer for you. I think I mentioned to you before I have only read the first book in the Outlander series so far, but I have #2 and would like to get to it.

    Enjoy your Big Books this summer & be sure to stop back to the challenge page to post links to your Big Book reviews (there's a 2nd linkup for reviews below the sign-up one) -


    2016 Big Book Summer Challenge


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