Friday, May 28, 2021

My 2021 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:
  • The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray (490 pages)
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (588 BIG pages)
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles (449 pages)
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers (502 pages)
  • Blackout by Connie Willis (491 pages)
  • Broken Harbor by Tana French (450 pages) 
  • End of Watch by Stephen King (402 pages)
All of these also qualify for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2021. One  of them will also count for my Back to the Classics 2021 Challenge.  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.
Check out my Big Book Summer Kick-Off Video for more on what I plan to read this summer.

How about you? Are you up for tackling a Big Book (or two or three) this summer?  Join me and sign up for the 2021 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 2021 Big Book Summer Goodreads group. Either way, first read the details on the Challenge page.

Join me in some bookish summer fun!


  1. Great choices, I hope you are successful. I just posted and linked my sign up post.

    1. Thanks! I stopped by to see your post - looks like some great books! Glad you joined the challenge again :)

  2. The Overstory was great! Really enjoyed it. So different and interesting. Anna Karenina--I know many people love it, but I think War and Peace is the much better Tolstoy novel. I hope you end up disagreeing with me and it turns out to be a great read for you.

    Thanks for hosting this fabulous challenge again this year. I have come to depend on it to help me plan my summer reading!

    1. Oooh, glad to hear you enjoyed Overstory.

      So nice to hear you look forward to the Big Book Summer Challenge every year! Glad you'll be joining the fun again!

  3. This looks like a great selection of books for the challenge! I'm really excited to be participating this year. Thanks for the great post!

    1. Thanks! So glad you'll be participating, too, this year!

  4. I've read three of your pile already! Blackout, Broken Harbor, and End of Watch. Too bad I can't count them for MY challenge! I liked all of them. The last two I listened to on audio. Connie Willis is one of my all-time favorite authors.

    1. Good to hear, Laurie! Connie Willis is a favorite of mine, too - read Doomsday Book for Big Book Summer last year and LOVED it! So did my husband.