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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Big Book Summer Challenge

Once again, I am going to sign up for the Big Book Summer challenge! This challenge is hosted by Sue at Book by Book. Usually I don't sign up until I have completed a BIG book but I am trusting I will finish at least one big book this summer, considering I started one today! Ha!

The rules are simple: 

  • Anything 400 pages or more qualifies as a big book.
  • The challenge will run from Memorial Day weekend (starting May 22 this year) through Labor Day weekend (Labor Day is September 7 this year).
  • Choose one or two or however many big books you want as your goal. Wait, did you get that?  You only need to read 1 book with 400+ pages this summer to participate! (though you are welcome to read more, if you want).
  • Sign up on the first links list below if you have a blo so others can visit (or in the comments below or in the Goodreads group if you don't have a blog).
  • Write a post to kick things off - you can list the exact big books you plan to read or just publish your intent to participate, but be sure to include the Big Book Summer Challenge pic above, with a link back to this blog.
  • Write a post to wrap up at the end, listing the big books you read during the summer.
  • You can write progress posts if you want to and/or reviews of the big books you've read...but you don't have to! There is a separate links list below for big book reviews or progress update posts. Pretty easy challenge, right?!

So let me look over my TBR and see what big books I might read this summer.
Have you read any of these? Where should I start?



  1. I have The Water Dancer on my shelf, too. I didn't realize it was over 400 pages.

    I wish you would start with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I'd like to know what you think of it.

    1. I am currently listening to the audiobook of Water Dancer, though it is much heavier than the books I prefer right now.

    2. I purchase the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to read over the week-end when my daughter came in the door and whisked it away needing reading material for an airplane flight.

  2. I'm reading "The Water Dancer" right now since it's our BC read for June. I've read "Dune" and loved it, although it may not be your cup of tea. :)

    1. I'm about a quarter of the way through Water Dancer. It is not the light reading fare I feel like reading these days. Plus I am currently reading another book about racism. Ugh. Need light or funny stuff.

  3. Good luck, Anne! I'm hoping to read Dune, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and Children of Virtue and Vengeance sometime soon. Happy reading!

  4. I've only read the Toll and it's a quick read, especially if you enjoyed the other two in the series.

    1. Yes, I liked the first two books in the series but it has been several years and I'm afraid I will have forgotten so much. Did you?

  5. Welcome to the 2020 #BigBookSummer Challenge, Anne!! I'm so happy you're joining the fun again!

    Looks like you have some great choices all lined up. Dune is my husband's #1, all-time favorite book EVER! I loved Neal Schusterman but haven;t read any of this latest series yet (but everyone says it's great). And I haven;t read any Ta-Nehisi Coates yet, but I really want to.

    Oh, and Bill Bryson is always good - perfect summertime reading with plenty of laughs! I have The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes all ready to go on audio for Big Book Summer!

    Enjoy your Big Books, Anne!


    2020 Big Book Summer Challenge


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