Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Chunksters I’m Itching To Read

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Freebie Day!

This week, we get to pick a Top Ten list we missed, or make up our own. I’m not nearly as clever, so I stole my list from A Room of One’s Own (thanks Jillian!). My top ten is the Top Ten Chunksters I’m Itching to Read.

I’m not exactly sure what qualifies as a “chunkster” but these are some of the BIG books on my shelf that I really need to read at some point. I think I’m just too intimidated by their size and, personally, I like being a person who can finish a book within the time frame of 1-3 days. Anything that takes longer than that better hold my short attention span!

These are all books that are currently on my bookshelf … obviously, I’ll have to get around to reading them!

1. The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova (642 pages)

I’m actually reading this right now. I think the last “long” books I’ve read were the first three in the Outlander series, so I’m learning to read in parts, taking breaks with other books. It helps. Luckily, this is a really good book and the story is easy to follow after stepping away for a bit.

2. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (1,179 pages)

I had intended to read this for a readathon I was doing, so I pulled out my copy, started to read, then went to Goodreads to add it only to find out that I was reading the abridged copy. What the heck, right? Nowhere on my copy did it say it was abridged, so I assumed it was the full book. It was close to 600 pages, so it had to be, right? Wrong. I bought a hardcover of the unabridged version and it’s just under 1,200 pages. Just a little light reading.

3. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins (512 pages)

I remember seeing reviews of this somewhere, saying it was good. So, when I was in Victoria, BC earlier this year I hit up the bookstore (because who doesn’t go on vacation and come home with piles of books) and picked it up. Since it was a classic it was relatively cheap. I’ve heard it’s haunting, so maybe it’s the spooky read I’ve been looking for!

4. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (804 pages) AND Android Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters (538 pages)

I figure these two should go in the same section. I picked up Android Karenina for $5 the other day thinking it sounded awesome, never having read the original, android-less version by Leo Tolstoy. I have the original, so I might as well read that one first, right?

5. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1), by George R.R. Martin (694 pages)

My husband loves this TV show. I knew it was based on a book, which wasn’t the reason I didn’t watch it with him: no, I found there was a lot of characters and I missed a few weeks and just lost track. While at the bookstore last week I picked it up, a large paperback version, and hope to read it. And, hopefully, the other books in the series at some point, too.

6. Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkein (1,664 pages)

Yes, the whole trilogy. I think it would make my brother very proud if I actually read the books he gave me years and years ago. I should probably read The Hobbitt, too, since I think that fits into that trilogy? Is it a prequel? A sequel? Does it have anything to do with it?

7. The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett (973 pages)

I think i bought this book because it was on Oprah’s book club. I have no clue what it’s about, but feel I should read it since I bought the darn thing.

8. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, by Susanna Clarke (782 pages)

I don’t even remember why I bought this book, but I recall reading very good reviews. Whenever I pick it up, though, I always think it’s way too big to be reading at that given moment.

9. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (1,444 pages)

Since this is a classic, I feel that — as a reader — I should be reading it. I feel quite intimidated by the size, but maybe one day I’ll decide to take it chapter by chapter.

10. The next 5 books in the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon (what, like, 5,000 pages or so?)

I loved Outlander when I first read it … ate it up in less than a week! The second book was kind of “meh” for me and I loved the third book. Then I just stopped reading. I really need to get back into these ones, but it looks like Diana Gabaldon is releasing the EIGHTH book in this series this year! Craziness — I don’t know if I’ll catch up!

What BIG books do you want to read?

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Chunksters I’m Itching To Read

  1. Let me know when you get started on A Game of Thrones! I’ve been meaning to read it as well this year, though I get intimidated by the sheer size every single time I glance over at it.

    I’ve heard great things about The Historian and The Outlander series, so that definitely has to happen too :)

  2. Hmmm, lots of books! I’ve read The Historian and I thought it could have been a lot shorter. A Game of Thrones is great! I didn’t like the later books as much, but the first three are really good. Of course, you need to read LotR! It’s an experience everyone should have :) The Hobbit takes place before the trilogy, but you can read them in either order. And I’m reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell right now! (Sort of…)

    What a great list! Good luck with all these!

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    • As I’m reading The Historian, I think it could be shorter, too. Though I really like how it’s almost 3 stories in 1 … and I love all the descriptions. Kostova’s a great writer. I can’t wait to read Lord of the Rings! I’m not really a fantasy person, so hopefully it’s not too bad …

  3. I have read a lot of the books on your list and loved them, especially the Outlander books- I am addicted. I have wanted to read A Game of Thrones but just have not gotten around to it yet. Great list!

  4. Oh yes – there are quite a few chunksters on my TBR list too. How you are with the Outlander series is how I am with the Game of Thrones series – I’ve read books 1 and 2 – and have the rest of the series – but haven’t tackled them yet. I hope you get a chance to read some of the books on this list soon.

  5. We have a lot of the same titles on our list! You know War and Peace is exactly 365 chapters, and most of the chapters are really short? You could be done in a year, at a chapter a day. To wit. :)

  6. I made a decision last year I won’t read over 600 page books, I do not read fast and don’t want to invest that time when I may not love it. Women in White is on my list also but less than 600 :-)

    Good luck

  7. Oh oh oh! SO MANY GOOD BOOKS! Okay The Game of Thrones is really good, I’ve read 3 in the series so far and they’re crazy interesting. The Pillars of the Earth was amazing, I read it in like 3 or 4 days and it was one of those books I just couldn’t stop thinking about. And of course the Outlander series is the best series in the whole wide world :) and I fully support catching up in it! (Although, the fifth one is a bit of drag, but it’s worth it to get to the ones after it).

    Hope you enjoy your chunksters!

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