Friday, May 22, 2020

My 2020 Big Book Summer

I have just announced the 9th year of my annual reading challenge, Big Book Summer Challenge, so I guess I should be the first to sign up!

I always enjoy tackling some big books in the summer, 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 a book with 400 pages or more).

I definitely won't get through 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!):

From the bottom of the stack:
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham (447 pages)
  • Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly (433 pages)
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles (449 pages)
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers (502 pages)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (453 pages) - a hold-over from 2019 Big Book Summer!
  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (436 pages)
  • Faithful Place by Tana French (400 pages) 
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (517 pages)
  • Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (578 pages)
All of these also qualify for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020. One  of them will also count for my Back to the Classics 2020 Challenge, which I am behind in, and I hope to add another classic to the stack this summer.  I also have gone through my backlog of audiobooks to pick out the ones over 400 pages, so I will be listening to Big Audio Books, too! I won't get through all of these this summer, but they are all books I want to read.

Tonight, I will be starting Faithful Place by Tana French, so my Big Book Summer is officially kicked off!

How about you? Are you up for tackling a Big Book (or two or three) this summer?  Join me and sign up for the 2020 Big Book Summer Challenge! The rules, details, and link-ups are on that page.

NOTE: You don't need a blog to participate--you can either leave a comment on the Challenge page or sign up in the 2020 Big Book Summer Goodreads group

Join me in some bookish summer fun!


  1. Yay! The Big Summer Book Challenge; I am so excited. I see you have Mr Mercedes on there; I really liked that one (it was my first Stephen King). I'll go do my sign up post right now.

    1. Glad you are joining the fun again this summer, Helen!

  2. As challenging as this time has been, it has afforded me the time to tackle some of the longer books on my shelves. Yesterday I started My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk and I'm hoping to finally get to The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

    1. Welcome to Big Book Summer, Nancy! Glad you are joining the fun! Do you have a blog or are you on Goodreads? Just leaving a comment here is fine, too, if you don't have a blog - I just want to make sure you aren't missing out on the discussions and other BBS fun!

      My husband and son both LOVED The Name of the Wind - enjoy!