Friday, May 22, 2015

My 2015 Big Book Summer

I have just announced the 4th year of my challenge, Big Book Summer Challenge, so I guess I should be the first to sign up!

I really enjoyed tackling some big books the last few summers, and I'm looking forward to doing it again and finally reading some of these bricks that have been collecting dust on my shelf (NOTE: for this challenge, a Big Book is defined as anything with more than 400 pages).

I don't know if I will get to all of these, but I like to have some options to choose from.  These are all currently on my shelves, waiting patiently to be read (along with many others!). I actually chose 6 this year because none of them are 700-1000 pages long, as in some years - these are all in the 400-500 page range:

  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, 480 pages (companion novel to Life After Life!)
  • UnDivided by Neal Schusterman, 464 pages
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, 444 pages
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, 440 pages
  • One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, 434 pages
  • Revolution by Deborah Wiles, 495 pages
I like to alternate between grown-up books and kids/teen/YA books, so I have three of each on this list.  Some of these have been collecting dust on my shelf for many years! I also chose some books that will help me in other challenges this year, like Anne of Green Gables for my classics challenge, plus all of these qualify for my TBR Challenge. I also chose a couple of summer-themed books this year - Revolution and Prodigal Summer - just for added fun. This looks like a long list, but none of the books is over 500 pages, and I suspect the kids/YA ones will go pretty quickly.

I'm so excited for summer now! I do still need to squeeze in 3 more book group selections in June, but I have already kicked off my Big Book Summer by starting A God in Ruins today.

How about you?  Are you up for tackling a Big Book (or two or three) this summer?  Join me and sign up for the 2015 Big Book Summer Challenge!

My Big Book Summer books for this year!


  1. Vedika Giridhar3:31 AM

    I'm currently reading Anne of Green Gables, but because it's abridged, its only 374 pages!

    1. I can't believe I've never read it before - can't wait to get to it!

  2. Great list! I have mine up now. I'm looking forward to the challenge but probably won't get to my first big book for another month. Too busy trying to catch up on reviews!

  3. Finished 1 plus another just 16 pgs short!
    Now onto Tanya's readalong, so .. time to post my list!

  4. ps- I come from the land of Anne and can 5*+ recommend it ;)