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Friday, June 1, 2018

Big Book Summer Challenge: My Sign-up Post #BigBookSummer

This seasonal challenge is being hosted by Sue @ Book By Book.

The Details:

Hey, it's summer, so we'll keep this low-key and easy!
  • Anything over 400 pages qualifies as a big book.
  • The challenge will run from Memorial Day weekend (starting May 25 this year) through Labor Day weekend (Labor Day is September 3 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 over 400 pages this summer to participate! (though you are welcome to read more, if you want).
  • Sign up on the first links list below (or on Goodreads 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 (no blog? No problem - see below).
  • 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.

My goal is to read at least one big book this summer.

I have quite a few on my TBR. Here is a sample, although I'm not sure yet what I'll choose:
  1. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly, Book #1) [435 pages]
  2. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons (Seasons of Horror, Book #1) [600 pages]
  3. The Thief by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #16) [454 pages]
  4. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, Book #2) [743 pages]
  5. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon [956 pages]
  6. Nocturnal by Scott Sigler [566 pages]
  7. The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins [564 pages]
  8. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [672 pages]
  9. Ghost Story by Peter Straub [567 pages]
  10. The Fireman by Joe Hill [768 pages]

Which one should I read first? Is there one hear that you've read and loved? Let me know, please!


  1. Welcome to the Big Book Summer Challenge, Darlene! So glad you decided to join the fun again :)

    Looks like a great selection to choose from! Some of those are pretty hefty. As you noticed, Dragonfly in Amber is also on my Big Book Summer TBR, so I hope to get to it.

    Enjoy your Big Books and be sure to come back to the challenge page to link up any reviews or updates!


    2018 Big Book Summer Challenge

  2. Good luck! You have some very big books on your list!

  3. Unfortunately I haven't read any of these books. My recommendation would be to start off the summer with one of the shorter ones and then move to the longer ones on your list.

    That's what I do every summer anyway!


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