Friday, May 27, 2022

My Big Book Summer Plans 2022

I have just announced the 10th 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 (for this challenge, a Big Book is any book with 400 pages or more).

NOTE: Don't let my stack below intimidate you! You only need to read ONE Big Book over the next three months to join in the fun and participate in the challenge. This is just the way I like to do it, but you do you!

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:

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (476 pages)
  • Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly (433 pages)
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham (447 pages)
  • Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (522 pages) - one of the books we inherited from my dad!
  • Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach (404 pages)
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (870 pages) - book 3 of the Outlander series.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (511 pages)
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers (502 pages) - left over from Big Book Summer 2021!

I know that looks like a huge stack--and it is!--but as you can see, many of my choices are in the 400-500 page range and several are fast-paced reads. Voyager will be my biggest chunkster of the summer (and those are big pages packed with dense text!), but I know I will enjoy it.

All of these also qualify for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2022. My shelves are overflowing, so this is good! One  of them will also count for my Back to the Classics 2022 Challenge.

I also devote my summer to listening to Big Audio Books. I have been pulling together a folder from my large audio backlog, checking online to see which print editions are 400+ pages. I just started my first Big Book of 2022 on audio, A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller (480 pages), first released in 2018, and so far, it is excellent.

Check out my 2022 Big Book Summer Challenge Video for more on what I plan to read this summer, plus some great suggestions that I enjoyed in past summers. You can also find more great Big Book recommendations on my Big Books! list on Bookshop. I have read and enjoyed every single book on that list, and it includes a wide variety of book types and genres--something for everyone!

 How about you? Are you up for tackling a Big Book (or two or three) this summer?  Join me and sign up for the 2022 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 2022 Big Book Summer Goodreads group. Either way, first read the details on the Challenge page.

Join me in some bookish summer fun!


  1. Anonymous5:23 PM

    I’m in !

    1. Great! See the challenge page linked above for details on how to sign up!

  2. I really need to listen to A Little Life...maybe I shall add that to my summer tbr!

    1. Great choice for Big Book Summer! I haven't read it yet, either.

  3. Project Hail Mary and Sycamore Row are two excellent choices!

  4. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Love the Big Book Challenge!

  5. I'm in again and hope to read at least four big books this summer.

    1. Wonderful, Anne! Just leave your link on the challenge page to sign up!
      2022 Big Book Summer Challenge

  6. The Overstory and Project Hail Mary are both so good. I hope you enjoy them.

    1. Oh, good! Those 2 are next on my list!