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"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." --C.S. Lewis / A reader and tea lover in southeastern Connecticut
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Kristin Lavransdatter by Singrid Undset
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Very well-researched account of Roe v Wade, the landmark court case that affirmed a woman‘s right to autonomy over her own body. It tells the story of abortion in America before and after it was legalized through the lives of several people associated with the case, including Norma McCorvey (aka “Jane Roe”) and the daughters she gave up for adoption. It‘s a challenging, complicated, emotional read.

Prompt: I‘m Body Positive

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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And 2022 is starting off at a rapid pace, as another #ChunksterChallenge2022 contestant crosses the finish line! Great job, @Lindy!

Lcsmcat @lindy 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘ve been enjoying your posts on this one. 1d
Megabooks This is coming up for me too!! Great job @lindy 👍🏻 1d
Bookwormjillk Nicely done 👏👏👏 1d
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ChaoticMissAdventures Yay!! This is my first pick for this challenge too! Way to get it read! 1d
AmyG I had no idea this book was so big. Congrats @Lindy 🎉 1d
BookNAround Good going! 1d
Mollyanna Woohoo! Nicely done. @Lindy 24h
Amiable @AmyG Litsy has it as being only 464 pages —I was surprised to find out it‘s nearly twice that long! Not sure why Litsy has the page count so wrong. 24h
Nessavamusic Great job! 22h
CoverToCoverGirl That was fast! Well done! 🙂👏🎉 @Lindy (edited) 20h
TheAromaofBooks Awesome work @Lindy !!! 14h
MaureenMc 👏🥳 11h
Lindy @Lcsmcat Thanks Linda! 10h
Lindy @Megabooks Thanks Meg! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 10h
Lindy @AmyG Thanks! There was a stretch of time during the middle of the book that it seemed interminable, but I can see how all of the parts fit together into a satisfying whole. 10h
Lindy @ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks Shawna! I hope you like it too. 10h
Lindy @Bookwormjillk Thanks Jill! 10h
Lindy @BookNAround Thanks Kristen! 10h
Lindy @Mollyanna Thank you! 10h
Lindy @Nessavamusic Thanks Nessa! 10h
Lindy @CoverToCoverGirl Thanks! I have a temporary concussion-related vision problem, so audiobooks are even more important to me than they usually are. 10h
Lindy @TheAromaofBooks Thanks Sarah! 10h
Lindy @MaureenMc Thanks! It looks like you are reading Eighth Life now? That's a chunkster I hope to tackle at some point. 9h
Lindy @MaureenMc Thanks! It looks like you are reading Eighth Life now? That's a chunkster I hope to tackle at some point. 9h
CoverToCoverGirl @Lindy thank goodness for audio books. Wishing you a swift recovery! 💕 (edited) 8h
MaureenMc @Lindy Yes, I‘m nearly 40% into The Eighth Life. Really enjoying it so far! 5h
Lindy @MaureenMc Good to hear it‘s enjoyable and that you‘re making nice progress. 4h
Lindy @CoverToCoverGirl Thanks! It‘s going on 8 weeks now so… not speedy. But I am improving every day. 4h
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Lucille Ball‘s memoir, which was discovered in her papers after her death. I recommend the audio, which is narrated by her daughter, Luci Arnaz. Mostly because Luci really does a bang-up impression of her father Desi Arnaz. 😀 I paired this with season 3 of “The Plot Thickens“ podcast, which did a 10-part series on the lives of Lucy and Desi. I recommend both of these together for a full picture.

Prompt: “I‘m Loud or Boisterous”

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And the first #ChunksterChallenge2022 contestant has crossed the finish line! Congratulations, @Nessavamusic! Great job!

CoverToCoverGirl Congrats! 🎉🎉👏👏 @Nessavamusic 2d
Lcsmcat Wow! You‘re fast! 2d
slategreyskies Wow, that was super fast! Well done!! ✨ 2d
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Megabooks Congratulations!! 2d
IndoorDame Congratulations! That was super fast! 2d
AmyG Great job! 2d
BookNAround Shoot! I spose this means I should actually start mine! LOL! Huge congratulations on finishing yours! (edited) 2d
Amiable @BookNAround There‘s still 345 days left of the year! 😀 2d
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎊🎈🍾🎉 2d
squirrelbrain Wow, so soon! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 2d
catiewithac Wow!!! 🤩 2d
erzascarletbookgasm What??! Congratulations @Nessavamusic 👏💪 2d
erzascarletbookgasm @BookNAround I suppose we should, Kristen! 😂😂 2d
Mollyanna Woohoo! Congrats @Nessavamusic 1d
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 1d
Nessavamusic Thank you!! 1d
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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Went to my favorite tea store to replenish my stash. And since it‘s located next door to my favorite bookstore, I stopped in there to pick up two new books. And then I came home and made cookies. Now I‘m on the couch with my favorite fleece blanket, drinking tea and eating cookies and reading. Tea, books, cookies, and couch. I may actually have tears in my eyes from the perfection of this day. 🙌🏼

Julsmarshall The perfect day! 6d
Megabooks Wonderful day! 6d
squirrelbrain Perfect! 6d
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CoverToCoverGirl Perfection 💜 6d
Soubhiville Sounds lovely. 6d
Tamra What a day! 👍🏾👍🏾 6d
ravenlee I‘m so envious! 6d
Amiable @Julsmarshall @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @CoverToCoverGirl @Soubhiville @Tamra @ravenlee It‘s like a day filled with unicorns and rainbows! I‘m afraid to blink in case it‘s a mirage. 😀 6d
LeahBergen Perfect!! 6d
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Book 3 from my #NYWD22 #newyearwhodis reading list. I maybe should have waited a bit to tackle this one. It takes place over 3 days in a maternity ward at a Dublin hospital during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Given that I‘ve been working in a hospital for the past 2 years of this current pandemic, I‘m feeling some PTSD with this read. And that first chapter of 98 straight pages without a break? OOF. But still a pick. Glad I read it. I think.

monalyisha If you could‘ve heard the noise I just made (!) — an involuntary, empathetic exhale. My heart goes out. 1w
Singout Wow, maybe I should have put a warning on that one! I honestly never thought of that. Yes, the parallels between the Spanish Flu and Covid are pretty real, especially for a heath worker. (Hopefully you're not supervised by crabby nuns!) I liked the info about the epidemic (maybe too much gory detail) and the resilience of the women--apparently Dr. Lynn was a real person, and a member of the Sinn Fein. 1w
Amiable @Singout @monalysha I‘ve been super interested in the 1918 epidemic for most of my life—my great-grandmother, who died when I was 14, lived through it and told us stories about how horrible it was. So I‘m usually always up for a book about the topic. I thought I was ready for this even though we‘re still dealing with this pandemic. Clearly I was wrong. Clearly I‘m an idiot. 🙄😀 (edited) 1w
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Count the Ways: A Novel | Joyce Maynard
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I tore through this book in less than 48 hours. It‘s sad and wistful and poignant and infuriating and heartbreaking and absolutely real. In a nutshell, it‘s life.

AmyG Well that sounds good! 1w
Suet624 Oh, it‘s Joyce! Nice to know you liked her book. I‘ll have to find it. 1w
Amiable @AmyG @suet624 I think I was especially attached to Eleanor, the mom, because I‘m right at the same age she is and I could empathize with all of the various moments throughout her journey of raising her children. (edited) 1w
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Count the Ways: A Novel | Joyce Maynard
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When you finally get home from work and can sink into the couch with a fleece blanket, a cup of tea and your current library book. Ahhhh … 🥰

BittersweetBooks Perfection 🥰 1w
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The Sandcastle Girls | Chris Bohjalian
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Thank you so much for the thoughtful package, @Soubhiville ! I almost never win anything, so to be one of the lucky random winners for #AuthorAMonth is the high point of 2022 so far! 🙂

Soubhiville I‘m glad it arrived safely. I love both of these authors so much. I hope you‘ll enjoy these! 1w
Amiable @Soubhiville I love them both, too! So happy to be able to read these ones that I haven't gotten to yet. Thank you! 1w
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“What is the impact of not being valued? How do you measure the loss of what a human being does not receive?”

This book made my heart hurt.

Thank you for sharing with me for #NYWD22 #NewYearWhoDis, @Singout

Prompt: I‘m a Survivor

Singout It really rips you open. She does a great job of integrating her story with an analysis of systemic racism. 1w
Amiable @Singout She‘s a wonderful writer—powerful and also poetic. 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, this is a great one. We are set to read one of the other founders of BLM later this winter with #SheSaid 1w
monalyisha Oof. 1w
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Thanks for the tag, @TheRiehlDeal
It‘s all about what the other person likes/wants to read. If asked to recommend, I respond with questions: fiction or nonfiction? Shorter or chunkier? Are you Ok with sadness or do you need a happy ending? But if the person is open to it, I‘ll recommend:
📚 My Own Country: A Doctor‘s Story
📚 The Worst Hard Time
📚 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
📚 The Phantom Tollbooth
📚 John Irving, particularly the tagged ❤️❤️

DrexEdit 💜💜💜 Owen Meany 2w
Amiable @DrexEdit Right?? ❤️❤️❤️ I feel like I can spot a new friend by hearing their thoughts on John Irving and “Owen Meany.” (edited) 2w
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DrexEdit @Amiable I would have to agree! 👍😊 2w
tokorowilliamwallace I've been meaning to read John Irving for a decade. I even found a copy in 2020 at a little free street library I had sitting my trunk all that time! One day! 2w
kspenmoll Owen Meany is one of my best books ever- just laughed out loud!!! 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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(Booking my accommodations immediately…)

rubyslippersreads I think we should have a Litsy Convention there. 😄 2w
Amiable @rubyslippersreads Great idea! 👍🏼😀 2w
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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Completed my first book for #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22. It‘s a multigenerational narrative of a Palestinian family over six decades that delves into the reality of being forced to recreate lives in various foreign cities as immigrants and the enduring sense of homesickness that comes when you aren‘t sure where “home” really is. It‘s beautiful and poignant and wistful and lovely. Thank you, @Singout !

Singout You‘re welcome! I finished my first last night! Review coming. 2w
Amiable @Singout I‘ve had this book in my pile for a couple of years —I‘m so glad that your list made me finally pick it up and read it ! 2w
monalyisha 🎉🎉🎉 2w
JamieArc I really enjoyed this book. Glad you did too 😊 2w
Amiable @JamieArc I especially appreciated that not all of the characters were completely likeable. Just like in real life. 🙂 2w
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When you‘re trying to do yoga to meet your goal to be healthier in 2022 but you keep getting distracted by all the books you haven‘t read yet. 😬🤷🏻‍♀️


slategreyskies oh, I love those shelves!! 💕 2w
JamieArc 😂😂 2w
BarbaraBB Haha! I can look at my books all day too! 2w
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CarolynM 🤣 That would certainly test my powers of concentration! Good luck. 2w
BookBabe 😂 2w
Cathythoughts Oh dear 😂 2w
kspenmoll But doesn‘t gazing at those lovely shelves make you feel centered?! 1w
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A Proper Cuppa Tea | KG MacGregor
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The weather outside is frightful, so I‘m enjoying a lovely cup of tea in the mug that I received in the #Bestof2021swap from the fabulous @BeckyRoy ❤️

Liz_M Not the snow is so lovely to look at, the first real snow of the season! ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ 2w
kspenmoll I am so excited to finally have real inches of snow here! Snow day for us! 2w
Amiable @kspenmoll I think this is the most snow we've had in quite a while! I'm working from home today and probably the next few weeks as we buckle down to ride out this latest surge. 😖 2w
Amiable @Liz_M I know! I can't believe it's taken until January for us to get any real snow. 2w
BeckyRoy @Amiable ❤️💚💜 2w
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Goals are to complete my #ChunksterChallenge2022 book, enjoy my reads for #NYWD22 and get a coverall on my bingo board for #Nonfiction2022.

My word for 2022 is “calm.” I‘m working to still my brain when it‘s darting all over the place, slow down and embrace the moment.

I am enjoying this tagged book— it‘s interesting and informative.

Thanks for the tag, @MoonWitch94 !

CBee Thanks for the tag ♥️ 2w
Singout Calm is an excellent word. One of my non-reading goals for 2022 as well--more body-mind connection. I started yesterday by ordering a new charger that will help me keep my phone out of my bedroom!
Amiable @Singout I started doing yoga about 5 years ago, mostly for my back as I get older. I thought the physical part of mastering poses would be the most difficult thing, but it‘s the mental aspect that still proves daunting to me. I struggle with what my yoga instructor calls “monkey mind.” I am constantly trying to learn to be comfortable in stillness. Sending vibes for calm to you as well! 🙂 (edited) 2w
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City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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1. Not sure if it‘s my favorite, but this book immediately came to mind.
2. Working in healthcare, I honestly can‘t even think about career goals right now—I‘m just trying to keep my head above water. It‘s difficult to think/plan more than a day at a time. Personally, I‘m hoping my husband and I can take a postponed vacation.
3. Grateful to be working from home today. It‘s the little things!

Thanks for the tag, @Texreader and @Butterfinger

Prairiegirl_reading Rest/vacation is a good goal. I hope you stay well. Take care 💜 3w
Amiable @Prairiegirl_reading Thank you! You too. 💚💛 2w
Eggs Work/life balance - sometimes only an illusion…thanks for joining in 💙💙 2w
Amiable @Eggs Especially in the middle of a global pandemic! 😬 2w
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First book completed for #Nonfiction2022 ; category is “I‘m Unplanned.” This is a narrative of one man‘s search for his birth parents primarily in the years before DNA made it easier to establish family relationships. The text is rather pedestrian and linear (“first this happened, and then that happened…”) but by the time he reaches the end of his search you feel like you‘re invested in an episode of “Maury”: just who IS the daddy??

Suet624 Haha. Love this review. 3w
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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2022 completed. ✔️

Now I can just focus on reading whatever I want for the rest of the year instead of chasing an arbitrary book total. 📚📚

LeahBergen 😆😆 Congratulations! 3w
Karkar This is great! 3w
MadelineMcCrae I love this so much! 3w
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Lcsmcat 😂😂 3w
Amiable @LeahBergen @karkar @lcsmcat @MadelineMcCrae Thanks! It was hard work that involved several hours on the couch today under a fleece blanket. 😀 3w
Lcsmcat @Amiable Somebody had to do it! Thanks for taking one for the team. 😂 3w
Ruthiella Well done 👍 😆 3w
Jess_Read_This Brilliantly done! 3w
Suet624 Loved this! 3w
JamieArc What a great idea! I‘ve been struggling with whether to see my book count really low to not worry about it, or to set it high to force me to get off my phone and actually read more. 2w
Amiable @JamieArc It used to stress me out when GR would have the running commentary telling me how many books I was behind. I don‘t need stress in my reading life. LOL 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉🙂 1w
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Singrid Undset
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AmyG Enjoy! This will be my second of these challenges. 3w
slategreyskies Yay!! I‘m starting later today! :) 3w
Suet624 Maybe you've seen my comments in other posts, but I've read this series twice. Once when I was 19 and once when I was in my 30's. I think I'm ready to read it again. I thought it was fabulous. 3w
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Amiable @Suet624 I might have seen your posts—I know that there‘s been a fair amount of love for this one! I‘m so glad to hear that you loved it so much you‘d be willing to read it for the third time—it‘s a chunkster so the fact that you think it‘s worth the time investment makes me happy to have picked it up. 3w
Suet624 When I read it the book was a trilogy so it didn't feel so daunting. :) 3w
Amiable @Suet624 😀 Did you feel differently about the book(s) re-reading them in your 30s vs at 19? I‘m in my 50s and wondering if it will resonate in different ways than if I had read it earlier. 3w
Suet624 Maybe a little different but it wasn't significant. I'm in my 60's now and I was wondering how I might feel about it now. The book covers her entire life, so I think you end up connecting with her in the time period you're already in. If that makes sense. 3w
TheBookHippie Oh enjoy!! such a beautiful book! 3w
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Singrid Undset
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Time to kick off #ChunksterChallenge2022! We have 365 days to complete our chunksters. Some of you may catch(or already have!) chunkster fever and read multiple books. For the purpose of this challenge, you only need to start and finish ONE chunkster of your choice. The feeling of satisfaction you will have when you reach that last page is the best! Let's tag the book we plan to finish this year in the comments, so we can cheer each other on ...

Amiable I'll start. I'm reading 3w
IndoorDame I‘m reading 3w
Mollyanna I‘m ready. I‘m going for a biography this year 3w
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Jess861 I'm planning on reading 3w
Singout My interest in housing justice and urban design issues means I'm going to try 3w
Nessavamusic I have a few in mind but the one I definitely want to read 3w
Lcsmcat I started 3w
Dostoyes Does The Three Musketeers count as a Chunkster? 3w
Dostoyes I‘m also planning on reading 3w
rockpools @Singout That‘s cool. I‘ll keep an eye out for your review. 3w
rockpools I tried a couple of years back and didn‘t get too far, but I think I‘m going to give Genji another go. 3w
Amiable @Dostoyes It‘s a bit short for my own personal definition, but if it‘s something you‘ve been wanting to read and you‘d like encouragement along the way, we‘d be happy to provide it! 🙂 Because Lord knows it isn‘t a brief read. 😀 3w
Smarkies I'm looking to read A Dance with Dragons. Have given up waiting for the author to finish the series so i might as well just start on the last one that I have. 3w
BarbaraBB Your choice is such a good one. Loved Kristin! 3w
GinaKButler I‘m planning on reading a different chunkster each quarter, but I‘m starting with 3w
GinaKButler I‘m also planning on reading Don Quixote, The Stand, and Atlas Shrugged, but I‘m not sure in which order yet! Buddy reading with @Kelly326 3w
Amiable @GinaKButler When you read “Don Quixote,” tag @Lcsmcat — she‘s reading it too! I‘m sure she‘d love a few buddies to cheer her on as well. 😀 (edited) 3w
Tineke I'll be reading 3w
Tineke And if possible, the one after that is 3w
melissajayne What counts as a chunkster for the purposes of this particular challenge? 3w
Amiable @melissajayne Most of us are reading books that are 800+ pages, it appears. But if you consider a 600- or 700-page book a chunkster and you‘ve been wanting to read it, that‘s your choice. I just want to encourage people to pick up any big books they may have been avoiding because they are intimidated by the page count. 3w
ncsufoxes I‘d like to be added. I‘m planning on reading. I also am reading The Developing Mind (which is long & science based). 3w
Bookwormjillk I‘m reading this one (trying for 10 pages a day.) 782 pages but the print is super tiny. 2w
Amiable @Bookwormjillk I usually default to an approximate average of the Goodreads page counts for various editions when the print is tiny, which puts your book at closer to 880 pages. So you can go with that total if you want. ;) 2w
tenar It took me 5 days, but I‘ve committed to a book, and it‘s also going to be Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell! @Bookwormjillk @Amiable the edition Goodreads defaulted me to at first had 1000 pages 😱 Somehow 782 or 880 both sound much more manageable, hahah! 2w
Bookwormjillk @tenar I can‘t wait to hear what you think. 2w
Amiable @tenar More manageable to actually read, but 1,000 sounds so much better to brag about after the book is done! 😀 GR is all over the place with page counts on so many books—it‘s frustrating at times. 2w
marleed This book had a huge impact on me after reading for a college literature course. In fact, my roommate named her now grown daughter, Kristin, for this book! 2w
Amiable @marleed I love stories like that! A friend named her daughters after favorite characters from children's books: Anna (“Anne of Green Gable“) and Laura (“Little House on the Prairie“). Me, I named my youngest son after the author of the book I was reading when he was born: “The Alienist.“ (Caleb Carr: My son is named Caleb.) He wasn't super thrilled when I told him a few years ago that the book was about a serial killer. 😃 I just liked the name! 2w
marleed Oh that‘s funny - my SIL is named Caleb. Like my roommate, my son was also named because of an English lit class. I had a storyteller of a mythology prof and in it, the griffin (way before HP) was the symbol of all that is good and wise. Well, my future son was named! My daughter is named Gwenna. We planned on Guinevere from Camelot but knew it would be reduced to a single syllable so we went with a 2-syllable moniker. 2w
Amiable @marleed My son‘s high school English teacher has a boy named Griffin, too! 😀 Gwenna is so pretty— and she probably doesn‘t run into many others, does she? I love unique names. My oldest son is Kyler — which nobody ever knew when he was growing up. Now there‘s an NFL football player with that name so it‘s not quite as unusual. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl I‘m going with 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures I just found this challenging and would love to play! I had a goal this year to read a dozen 500+ page books, the chunkiest is Don Quixote, but the 1 I am most excited about is 1w
Amiable @ChaoticMissAdventures Welcome! There are a few others who are tackling “Don Quixote” for this challenge as well. The bigger chunksters (closer to 800 pages or more) are what the majority of chunkster challengers aim for. 1w
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl Nice chunky picks! Where do you live? I might be able to send you my copy of “Lonesome Dove.” 1w
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl @GinaKButler @Kelly326 I just found this one and downloaded it for next year‘s challenge already. 😀 1w
Andrea313 Hoping I can hang with 1300+ pages on the mechanics of city government (while also exploring power, influence, and democracy) while I tackle 1w
squirrelbrain I read that one a few years ago @Andrea313 - it‘s a little bit dry in places but overall I really enjoyed it. 1w
Andrea313 @squirrelbrain I'm glad to hear it! I've read so many glowing reviews and I'm hoping I can power through the dry spots because I find the topic and the man completely fascinating (and horrifying). 1w
Amiable @Andrea313 A chunky AND ambitious read! I love it! 1w
tokorowilliamwallace @Amiable I'd definitely read a new biography on Beethoven! I used to be such a classical music enthusiast. 1w
Amiable @tokorowilliamwallace That‘s probably going to be my chunkster read for 2023. I pick just one 1,000-page book per year. 😀 1w
Smarkies @Andrea313 I read that a few years ago and enjoyed it. I actually recently bought Lyndon Johnson's biography from the same author. 1w
Amiable @Smarkies Did you get all 4 volumes? I have the first one but haven‘t read it yet. I think I‘m waiting for Caro to finish the fifth and final volume of the biography so I can read the entire thing in one go. 1w
Smarkies @Amiable decided to only get the first one since I know that I won't be reading it so soon. 😅😅 1w
CoverToCoverGirl @Amiable awww, thank you for your kind offer! ❤️ But I suspect it would be fairly costly to ship it here to me in eastern Canada, especially a chunkster that size. I‘ll be investigating 1w
janeycanuck Am I too late to join in? I‘ve been trying to read The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire for several years now with no success! 6d
Amiable @janeycanuck You are absolutely not too late! The year has just begun. And selfishly also I‘d love to have you on board because that book has been on my TBR for years now —I‘d love to hear your thoughts on it ! 😀 Welcome! 6d
Lcsmcat @janeycanuck All 8 volumes??? That‘s the chunkster of all chunksters! 6d
janeycanuck @Lcsmcat The abridged version so only 1300 pages or so. I‘m crazy but not that crazy!!! 6d
janeycanuck @Amiable awesome! I made a good start on it last year but fell off the wagon in March or so. My goal is about 2 chapters a week! 6d
Lcsmcat @janeycanuck That‘s still massive. I‘ve got the full set and keep thinking I‘ll read them one volume at a time, but it never seems the right time. 6d
Amiable @janeycanuck You can do it! @JamieArc and @Crinoline_Laphroaig both plugged away at their respective chunksters (“A Suitable Boy” and “War and Peace”) throughout the entire year for 2021 and finished just in time for New Year‘s. You‘ve got this! 👍🏼💪🏼 6d
janeycanuck @Amiable that‘s some good inspiration! 6d
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Becky!! I am in awe of the amount of care, love, attention and intention you put into curating this #bestof2021swap box for me. A tea mug with my favorite book quote of all time? A tin of my favorite tea (I adore Harney and Sons!)? AND a handmade tea bag bookmark? Not to mention the reading journal, candle and lavender hand soap! And that‘s even before the books! I loved your card explaining why each thing is meaningful to you. Thank you so much!

BeckyRoy @Amiable I‘m so glad you liked it. I had a blast putting it together!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!🎊🎈🎆 3w
Amiable @BeckyRoy I love it! I‘ll be your swap partner any time! ❤️ Happy New Year to you and yours! 3w
candority Wow! 😍 3w
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Look at this amazing pile of goodies from @BeckyRoy for #Bestof2021Swap! The anticipation is delicious! I‘m going in …

monalyisha Love the wrapping paper! And I love when there‘s a whole planned process involved in the unwrapping. Enjoy! 🎉✨ (edited) 3w
Amiable @monalyisha Oh, it was/is so good! @BeckyRoy is a Litsy Hall of Fame swap partner for sure! 3w
candority Wow, so much love and care went into that! 3w
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My 2021 year-end wrap-up. My reading totals took a bit of a dive this year, but that‘s what happens when you work in healthcare during a global pandemic. 🤷🏻‍♀️😖
Here‘s to 2022! May the world move closer to a COVID-free existence. 🤞🏼(Get vaccinated, people!)

Leftcoastzen Congratulations and yes, please! 3w
Aims42 Cheers to that wish! Thank you for all you did (and put up with) in 2021, hoping 2022 is better also 🤞 Happy New Year!! 3w
Ruthiella Happy New Year! 🥳🥂 3w
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Cupcake12 Congrats! Happy new year 🥳 3w
CarolynM Happy New Year 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Happy New Year! 3w
batsy Happy New Year! 3w
Gissy Awesome!📚📚📚👏👏👏🤩 3w
Suet624 Congrats! 3w
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Three cheers for @Crinoline_Laphroaig for completing her personal #Ayearofwarandpeace challenge and the #chunksterchallenge2021! Good job sticking with it for the entire year! An impressive and inspirational accomplishment. 👍 👍

melissajayne Hip hip hooray 🎉🎊 3w
Megabooks Congratulations!!! 🎉🎉 3w
tenar Your dedication is aspirational! Nice work! 🎊🎈 3w
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BarkingMadRun Congrats @Crinoline_Laphroaig 🎉🎉🎉 3w
slategreyskies Yay!! Congrats!!!! 🎉 ✨ 3w
rockpools Wow! You did it! Congratulations 🥳 3w
Jess861 Congratulations 🎉 🎉 3w
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🎉 3w
AmyG Yay! 🎉 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
Bookwormjillk Very impressed 👏👏 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations 🎉 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations @Crinoline_Laphroaig ! 👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉🙂 3w
Ash.on.the.line Whoo congrats! 3w
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Favorites | Garret Mathews
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Here‘s my #Bestof2021 #Top21of21 collage. (I couldn‘t fit 21 books onto it so I just went with my top 20.) As should come as no surprise since I read both fiction and nonfiction equally, 10 picks are fiction and 10 are nonfiction. Top pick of all would definitely be “Empire of Pain.”
Thanks for the tag, @CoverToCoverGirl and @Nute !

BarbaraBB Super interesting list! 4w
Amiable @BarbaraBB I‘ve been called an eccentric reader in the past! I think it was supposed to be an insult, but it doesn‘t bother me. 😀 4w
tenar The Inequality Machine looks really interesting; I haven‘t seen it before! 4w
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CoverToCoverGirl Five of the above are on my TBR pile, so knowing you recommend them makes me very happy! 🙂 4w
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl Yay! 😀 Which ones? (edited) 4w
Amiable @tenar It‘s very good! Make sure to get the version with this title. When the author updated with a new epilogue the publisher changed the title, for some reason. 4w
CoverToCoverGirl Lawson, Penny, Remarque, Crawford and Keefe. 4w
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl Definitely let me know how you like them! I think we have similar reading tastes. 🙂 4w
BarbaraBB That‘s no insult 🤍 4w
GinaKButler Empire of Pain is going on my “must read” list for 2022! 3w
Amiable @GinaKButler Oh, it‘s so good! Horrible, depressing and infuriating—but so well written. 3w
Suet624 So many good books in this group. 3w
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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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Congratulations to Jamie! She started this book back in January and plugged away at it ALL YEAR to finish in time for this year's #ChunksterChallenge2021. I'm so proud of her!!
And head over to her page to see the awesome tracker she used to keep her momentum going -- it might help some of you for #ChunksterChallenge2022!

Airykah13 Good job! 4w
BarkingMadRun Congrats!!! 4w
slategreyskies Congrats, Jamie!! :) 4w
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AmyG Hooray Jamie! 4w
Bookwormjillk Nicely done 👏👏👏 4w
Nute Wow! Way to go, Jamie! 4w
Megabooks Yay Jamie!! 🎉🎉 4w
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations @JamieArc 👏👏👏👏 Well done! 4w
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉🍾 🙌🏻 4w
Jess861 Congratulations 🙌 4w
Lcsmcat Congratulations @JamieArc ! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Kdgordon88 Congrats! 🙌🏼 You‘ve inspired me! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Well done @JamieArc 😃👏👏👏 4w
Butterfinger Way to go!!! @JamieArc 4w
Mollyanna Congrats @JamieArc 🥳🥳🥳 4w
tenar @JamieArc Omg, I‘m in awe of your determination. I hope you enjoyed your time reading! 4w
Crazeedi @JamieArc congrats!!🎉🥂 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations 4w
JamieArc Thank you everyone! I‘m pretty proud of myself for this one! ❤️ 4w
JamieArc And thanks, @Amiable for the extra motivation to keep going! 4w
Pigpen_Reads @JamieArc Congratulations!! 4w
Cathythoughts Nice work @JamieArc 👏👏👏 4w
Ash.on.the.line Congrats!! 3w
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Welp, I did a tad bit of damage at Barnes & Nobles‘ “50% off all hardcovers” sale today. 😬

Leftcoastzen I have the Schiff on my never ending pile! 4w
Amiable @Leftcoastzen I was going to wait until it came out in paperback to get it, but this was an opportunity I couldn‘t pass up! 4w
Leftcoastzen I loved Obama‘s book. It took me a long time to read it just because of the density of the material, his voice definitely comes through. 4w
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Amiable @Leftcoastzen I‘m actually thinking about reading it first and then listening to the audiobook, since Obama narrates it himself. I normally don‘t like audiobooks (my mind wanders too much) but I feel like this might be an exception. 4w
Megabooks I have American Made out from the library now! 4w
Amiable @Megabooks I hope it‘s good! 😬 4w
CBee @Amiable I‘m doing a buddy read with a few others of the Obama book, if you‘re interested in reading along with us! We just did Part 1 in December. Either way, enjoy the book ♥️👏🏻 3w
Amiable @CBee I‘m starting my #ChunksterChallenge2022 book first (tagged here), so I likely won‘t tackle the Obama book for a few months. Are you using a hashtag for your buddy read? I‘d love to see your thoughts about the book when I do get to it! (edited) 3w
Amiable @CBee Excellent -- thanks! Are you guys enjoying it so far? 3w
CBee @Amiable oh yes! He‘s an incredible writer, though I do think we are all feeling a bit of sad nostalgia - just about what was and what happened after. Bringing up a lot of feelings. 3w
Amiable @CBee Oh my gosh, yes. I think that's another reason why I've continued to wait a bit to read it. I need more distance from the previous administration. I felt like I was suffering PTSD in the days immediately afterwards. 3w
CBee @Amiable same! I kind of spiraled after Obama left and you know who took over (if you can even call it that). And I feel like the country is still so broken and reeling from those four years. 3w
Amiable @CBee I know! I was doing a presidential biography challenge and had to stop for several years after 2016–I couldn‘t stomach the thought of reading anything about 45. (Although my brother said the impeachment transcripts could count. 😀) My stepmom gave me all of the Bob Woodward books about him but I still can‘t touch them yet. Or maybe ever. 😖 3w
CBee @Amiable I admire that - I struggle with nonfic (hence me breaking TPL into monthly installments lol)! I stopped watching the news for four years 😂 Even when Covid hit and I needed info…. It was just hard to watch him stand up there and pretend to care, you know? 3w
Amiable @CBee I do know! And I wanted to stop watching the news, but I work in healthcare (I do communications for a large health system) and had no choice but to keep abreast of what was going on with the pandemic. It was so hard. I can't even stand the sound of his voice -- it makes me nauseated. 😫 3w
CBee @Amiable I don‘t envy you that. I used to be a nurse but couldn‘t imagine doing it now. And handling communications for a whole healthcare system? Wow. I‘m sure your job has been super stressful too 🙁 His voice does the same to me, just everything about him is awful and makes my skin crawl. Hopefully some of these lawsuits and such will pan out and he‘ll be held somewhat accountable…. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
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“And I heard him exclaim, as he gave one last look … ‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good book!‘”

Merry Christmas, Littens! 🙂🎄

erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
kspenmoll Merry merry Christmas ! 1mo
AmyG Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas Amy🎄🌟💕 1mo
batsy Merry Christmas! 🎄❤️ 4w
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A beautifully written account of a horrible tragedy. In 2014, the author‘s mother was killed by his brother who was struggling with schizophrenia. The memoir delves into grief, mental illness, what it means to be a family and how to process loss and move forward in the aftermath.

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Donna! You‘ve spoiled me! Thank you so much for my wonderful #jolabokaflodswap package! There‘s enough chocolate here to get me through a large chunk of this 500+ page book. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours!

And thanks for hosting again, Chelle! I adore this swap.

Pigpen_Reads I'm glad you like it!! 🥰 1mo
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Got a new poster that perfectly summarizes my life‘s motto. 🥰

julesG 😍 1mo
TrishB Sounds good to me. 1mo
Flaneurette Love it 😍! 1mo
Cupcake12 So true 😍 1mo
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We did Secret Santa at work this year. I‘m wearing the gift from my Santa. Methinks she/he knows me pretty well. 😀

BookBabe 😂 what a great shirt! You tagged the perfect book to go with it too lol 😆 (edited) 1mo
Gissy Beautiful 👚 😍 1mo
MaureenMc 🤩 1mo
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BiblioLitten Cool T-shirt! 😃 1mo
Ruthiella Perfect! I love it. 🤩 1mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 1mo
Amiable @BookBabe @Gissy @MaureenMc @bibliolitten @ruthiella @LeahBergen It's so awesome when the people in our lives “get“ us, isn't it? 😃 1mo
CarolynM That's fabulous, I love it! 😍 1mo
batsy Oh, I love it! ❤️ 1mo
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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Every year I pick a book that is @ 1,000 pages and begin on Jan. 1. My goal is 100 pgs/week, done by mid-March! I alternate fiction and nonfiction. 2022 is a fiction year for me; I've chosen the tagged book (1,144 pgs). Do you have your own chunkster you want to tackle? Do you want encouragement on your journey? Join me in the #chunksterchallenge2022 ! There's no time limit, no requirements, no specific book to read. Just cheers to the finish!

CoverToCoverGirl So excited! I think this will be a mostly fiction chunkster challenge year for me! 😁 However I‘m not entirely set on my picks as of yet. 1mo
melissajayne Yes I am 1mo
JenReadsAlot Yep I'm joining you again this year, but need to pick my book yet! 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think I need to join this one for 2022. Now I just need to pick a book. 🤔 1mo
Mollyanna Although I am still working on this years book, I am in for next year too. I‘ll need to think about my choice, but it‘ll be non-fiction 1mo
squirrelbrain I may join in…planning on reading A Suitable Boy next year, with @Lindy as a #buddyread so it would definitely count as a chunkster! 1mo
Amiable @squirrelbrain That definitely counts! And it‘s also a really good book —that was my chunkster pick about 6 years ago. 1mo
Amiable @JenReadsAlot @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Mollyanna @squirrelbrain @Lindy @Dostoyes Yay! I‘ll add you all to the tag list for encouragement posts. (edited) 1mo
slategreyskies I‘m excited about tackling Kristin Lavransdatter with you for this challenge, @Amiable !! :) 1mo
Amiable @slategreyskies Me too! This one has been on my TBR for several years! 1mo
MaureenMc I definitely want to tackle a chunkster this year, maybe more than one. Count me in! (although I haven‘t finalized my pick yet, still waffling 😁) 1mo
Lcsmcat Count me in! I‘m not sure which book yet, but I loved doing it this year. 1mo
Amiable @MaureenMc @Lcsmcat Great! Welcome aboard! 🙂 1mo
IndoorDame I definitely want to join! I have so many chunksters on my shelf and I‘m terrible about following through with finishing them! I‘ll work on choosing one this month week 😁 1mo
rockpools I‘d like to join you again 😊. Think I‘m finally getting over my chunksterphobia! 1mo
Amiable @rockpools Hooray! That is literally my whole goal for doing this challenge—to make the chunksters less intimidating! I‘m so happy. 💃🏻🕺 1mo
Lcsmcat I‘m thinking Don Quixote. Anyone interested in joining me? 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Les Miserables has been on my to-read list for a long time. I was thinking about finally reading that one, maybe. 1mo
JenReadsAlot @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's the first one that came to me as well! 1mo
Lindy @squirrelbrain I‘m still keen on A Suitable Boy in 2022. Not in the early part of the year, however, since I still have a long way to go with healing from my brain injury. I will let you know when I‘m back to reading. 🤗 1mo
Megabooks I will probably join in mid year! 1mo
catiewithac It's not 1000 pages, but I need help making it through Moby Dick 1mo
Amiable @catiewithac Absolutely join us! It‘s about tackling a chunkster and making it through to the end! And it may not be super hefty in size, but “Moby Duck” is definitely a challenge. Welcome! 1mo
Amiable @Megabooks I will keep you in the tag list so you just jump in whenever you‘re ready! 1mo
JuniperWilde @Amiable I am keen to read Kristin L 1mo
squirrelbrain Of course @Lindy - I look forward to reading it with you once you feel up to it. 1mo
CarolynM I failed again this year (it really wasn't a non fiction year for me, I was too much in need of entertainment and distraction) but I'm going to try to pick up where I left off with US Grant in the new year and hope for a better outcome 1mo
Amiable @JuniperWilde Excellent! @slategreyskies and I would love the company! 1mo
Amiable @CarolynM I hear you —my brain has been all over the place in the past few months. It‘s been taking me a long time to finish any books. I‘ll keep you on the tag list for encouragement! 🙂 1mo
Jess861 It's not quite 1000 pages but I've been staring at The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett on my bookshelf for quite some time. Would love to try and get through it in 2022. Trying to get through a 913 page book with a 5 year old and a 2 year old will be quite the challenge 😄! 1mo
Kelly326 @GinaKButler and I are ready!! We have our chunksters for this year picked already!! Can‘t wait to start!! 1mo
MaureenMc I‘ve finally decided. Going to tackle The Eighth Life. I really want to concentrate less on my book number goal this year, and choose books I‘ve been wanting to read, even if they‘re “too long.” 🤞😁 (edited) 1mo
GinaKButler Yay! @Kelly326 are reading Don Quixote, The Stand, Atlas Shrugged, and one of the Chernow biographies in 2022! 1mo
Amiable @MaureenMc That‘s exactly why I started doing this as a challenge to myself! I realized I was consistently reaching past the big books and grabbing the shorter ones just to hit a self-imposed “book total” every year. So I decided to purposely challenge myself to read at least one super chunkster every year. Good for you! 1mo
Amiable @GinaKButler @kelly326 You might have a reading buddy —it looks like @Lcsmcat is considering “Don Quixote” as well! 1mo
Amiable @Jess861 That definitely counts as a chunkster! And we should spot you another 200 pages on top of that for the challenge of reading it around your little ones! 😀 Welcome aboard! 1mo
Amiable @GinaKButler Which Chernow bio are you guys reading? 1mo
GinaKButler @Amiable I think we‘re leaning toward Washington. (The other option is Hamilton). Join us? 1mo
Amiable @GinaKButler I have actually read both of those already! (I LOVED “Washington.”) I own “Titan” and haven‘t read it yet. Although it‘s “only” 832 pages so I wouldn‘t pick it for my own official challenge choice. But I do want to tackle that one at some point too. I think I also own “The Warburgs,” which might be a similar length. (edited) 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s an EXCELLENT read @GinaKButler and so is Hamilton. 1mo
Mollyanna I loved Washington too @GinaKButler. The Warburgs looks intriguing. I may to gift it to myself for Christmas 🤶 😉 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!!! I have several chunksters I've been putting off - I'm planning to significantly lower my GR reading goal to help me mentally tackle these - sometimes wanting to hit the GR number means I put off the longer books!! 1mo
Amiable @TheAromaofBooks Exactly!! Last year I actually set my GR reading goal at 1. One book. Which I finished on Jan. 2. After that it was all gravy. 😀 There are so many really good big books that I‘d been avoiding because I could read 4 others that were short but helped me inflate my book count. I finally realized how ridiculous that was. That‘s why I now purposely seek out 1,000+ page books for this challenge! (edited) 1mo
Lcsmcat @GinaKButler @Kelly326 I‘d love to join your discussions of Don Quixote if that‘s ok. 1mo
AmyG I‘m in as I so want to read this chunkster @MaureenMc Want to discuss when we finish? (edited) 1mo
catiewithac I'm going for 1mo
Amiable @catiewithac Very nice! You‘ll be in the Multiple Chunksters Club! 1mo
MaureenMc @AmyG Sure thing! 👍 1mo
Tineke I want to participate too. I want to read my biggest book at 1474 pages. 1mo
Tineke When I finish that one, I'll read at 1448 pages. 1mo
Amiable @Tineke Welcome to the Chunkster Crew! “A Suitable Boy” is one of my favorite chunksters! I also read “Gone With The Wind,” but it was many years ago. I should probably give it another go soon. You are in for a treat with those two! (edited) 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace Interesting methodology, but I highly doubt I can read 100 pages of something a week; supremely easy for most serial readers. I have way too many chunksters I have both already started and which I've recently bought. A fellow reader with whom we have some mutual respect for each other just completed Murakami's chunkster, and I have to look into it to figure out if I think I would like it and the literary themes and subject matter it incorporates. 1mo
BookNAround I think I‘d like to tackle The Tale of Genji this year. 1mo
Amiable @tokorowilliamwallace I can‘t speak for everyone, but I‘m not a serial monogamous reader. I always have at least 4-5 books going at a time, usually at least half of them nonfiction. For this challenge, though, I pick one specific book and pledge to read 100 pgs/week until it‘s done. While simultaneously reading my other books. That works for me. It doesn‘t work for everyone, which is fine. The goal is just to finish a chunkster of your choice. 🙂 1mo
Amiable @BookNAround Excellent! Glad to have you back again! 🙂 1mo
IndoorDame I‘ve decided I‘ll be doing Les Miserables. I started it a few years ago, and was really enjoying it before I stalled out. Definitely time to take another crack at it. 1mo
Amiable @IndoorDame Awesome! We'll all cheer you on to the finish this time. 🙂 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace @amiable, what if I did the sixth volume in Outlander, with its glorious 1400 pages of a highlander observing the American Revolution for the challenge? It's pretty, has a snowflake on its cover, and 'snow' in the title, so a 12 days of Christmas read? 1mo
Amiable @tokorowilliamwallace You can read whatever you‘d like! That sounds grand. 🙂 1mo
Bookwormjillk I missed your post. I‘m in again. I plan to read 4w
Amiable @Bookwormjillk Yay! Welcome back, Jill! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m in for 2022 again. Please tag me. Now to select a book. 😉 4w
melissajayne I‘m in for 2022 as well. A Promised Land for sure; I‘m thinking I might have one or two more after that. 4w
tokorowilliamwallace @amiable, I just thought of two other options: William T. Vollman's Europe Central, and St. Augustine's 1400-page civitate dei (which I had excited started at the time, eager to make some historical-literary-thought influence with. 4w
tokorowilliamwallace @Amiable, I started The Warburgs a while back, too! I don't currently have it with, but I gotta get back to it. 3w
Smarkies I have a couple I would like to tackle this year - the second part of a Churchill biography as well as A Dance with the Dragons. Please tag me. 😁 3w
Amiable @Smarkies Will do! Welcome to the chunkster crew! 🙂 3w
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The Mailbox: A Novel | Marybeth Whalen
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And just like that my mailbox became a bustling location, thanks to #litsycardswap!

LibrarianRyan 🌟❤️😁 1mo
slategreyskies Awwww, I love this! I think I‘m going to hang mine on the door jambs by my dining room. That way, I‘ll be able to see them from where I usually sit on the couch in the evenings. :) 1mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Yay! My #jolabokaflodswap box has arrived!
Now to stare longingly at it and my #bestof2021swap package until their respective opening days…

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And she persisted! Rachel patiently chipped away at this book for 6 months and just completed #ChunksterChallenge2021! DON'T BE AFRAID of those big books -- it just takes a little more time, but you can get there. :)

Way to go, Rachel!

Megabooks Way to go, Rachel! @rockpools 🥳🙌🏻 1mo
Bookwormjillk Nice! Congratulations 🍾🎉🎈🎊 1mo
slategreyskies Yay Rachel!!!! Congrats!! 🙌 ✨ 1mo
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BarkingMadRun 🎉🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig 🏆Rachel! I'm on track to finish my Chapter a Day #yearofwarandpeace on December 31st. 1mo
rockpools I want to frame this and put it on my wall! 1mo
rockpools @Crinoline_Laphroaig Go you! That‘s some undertaking- have you pretty-much kept to a chapter a day? 1mo
tenar @rockpools Congratulations! 👏🏻 I‘m inspired! 1mo
Amiable @Crinoline_Laphroaig That‘s impressive! When I read “W&P” I would have forgotten what happened at the beginning if I spread it over a year! I tried to keep to 100 pages per week, so it took like 3.5 months. 1mo
Mollyanna Nicely done @rockpools Congrats! 1mo
BookNAround Nice! That one‘s on my tbr stack. 1mo
Ash.on.the.line Congrats!!! 🎉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wohoo congrats! @rockpools 👏 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl 👏👏 Congratulations! 1mo
Freespirit Well done @rockpools this is on my bookshelf to read! 1mo
rockpools @Freespirit @BookNAround Ooh, I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. It‘s a really good read! 1mo
rockpools @Mollyanna @Ash.on.the.line @CoverToCoverGirl @erzascarletbookgasm @tenar Thank you so much 😊. It‘s so lovely to have folks celebrating finishing a book with me 🤣 - not sure the non-Litsy world would fully appreciate my sense of accomplishment! 1mo
Crazeedi Congrats! I have this on my shelf to read!! 1mo
GinaKButler Woo-hoo! Congrats, @rockpools 🙌🏼 1mo
rockpools @Crazeedi Ooh, Enjoy it when you get there! 1mo
rockpools @GinaKButler Thank you 😊 1mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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So sorry I forgot to post this earlier, Erika! You deserve your kudos for bringing this chunkster to its knees. :)

Way to go!

Bookwormjillk 👏👏👏one of my favorites 2mo
BarkingMadRun Omg my absolute favorite! 2mo
Texreader Way to go @Airykah13 !!!! I hope you enjoyed it! It is an old favorite of mine. 2mo
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Nute Way to go!🙌🏽 2mo
Mollyanna Congrats! @Airykah13 Nicely done. 🎉 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Fantastic! We‘ll done @Airykah13 👏👏🎉🎉🙂 2mo
Airykah13 Thank you! 2mo
Airykah13 @Texreader it was really good! 2mo
Freespirit Great work!! @Airykah13 👍🏼 2mo
Megabooks Congratulations @Airykah13 ! 🥳 2mo
Ash.on.the.line Congrats!! 🎉 2mo
GinaKButler Woo-hoo! This is on my list for a chunkster in 2022. Congrats, @Airykah13 🙌🏼 1mo
rockpools Congratulations! 🥳🎉📚 1mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Packages for #bestof2021swap and #jolabokaflodswap are bundled up, shipping out and headed on their ways today!

candority Awesome! 😊📚 2mo
BeckyRoy @Amiable yay!! Yours shipped out Tuesday 2mo
Amiable @BeckyRoy I got your package today!! So excited! 2mo
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BeckyRoy @Amiable awesome!! I can‘t wait until you open it ! (edited) 2mo
BeckyRoy @Amiable I got your 📦 package!! Woop! 2mo
Amiable @BeckyRoy Yay for the postal service! 😀 2mo
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Getting ready to start this book for the “Nonfiction Nerds” discussion group on Goodreads. We‘re reading it for December. Join us! (FYI, it‘s available on Hoopla.) 🙂

dariazeoli I‘m planning on the audiobook since I completely failed with November‘s read! 2mo
Amiable @dariazeoli I‘ve had a rough November reading-wise as well! Here‘s hoping the craziness will settle down by the new year. 2mo
EvieBee Ooh. Sounds just like my cup of tea. (edited) 2mo
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The Great Hibernation | Tara Dairman
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“Winter … is a period of rest, of going within ourselves & taking in all that we have been through in this year. This time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired limbs, our burdened minds. Winter takes away the distractions & presents us with the perfect time to rest & withdraw…& then the new year will begin again, & like a seed planted deep in the earth, we will all rise with renewed energy to dance in the sunlight.” — Bridget Anna McNeil

kspenmoll Just love everything about this! 2mo
Amiable @kspenmoll It‘s honestly what I love about winter! 2mo
Nute A lovely thought!💕 2mo
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Well-researched narrative of the incredible life of Thomas Francis Meagher. He led a failed uprising against British rule in Ireland, was banished to Tasmania for life, escaped and made his way to America where he served as general of the Irish Brigade in the Civil War, and became governor of the Montana Territory—all before the age of 43.

CoverToCoverGirl That sounds fascinating, added! 2mo
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl It was! I‘m also debating right now which chunkster to pick for #ChunksterChallenge2022 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl @Amiable me too! My problem is I keep revising it..🤔 2mo
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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Here are my first picks from my fabulous #NewYearWhoDis match, @Singout ! Because I requested a match partner who had a list that was balanced with both fiction and nonfiction, I picked one of each to start off with in January. I already own “Salt Houses” and “When They Call You a Terrorist” was on my TBR, so it was an easy choice! 🙂


monalyisha And -- BONUS! -- both covers are gorgeous! 😍 2mo
Amiable @monalyisha They are! It makes me wish I could paint. 2mo
JamieArc I really enjoyed Salt Houses. Happy reading 😊 2mo
Singout Enjoy! 2mo
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Who wants some holiday cheer in their mailbox instead of bills or junk mail? This girl right here! I just signed up for the #cardswap hosted by @LibrarianRyan All winter holidays are celebrated! So head over to her page or hit the hashtag above and sign yourself (and your mailbox) up for some cheer.

New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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I‘m so thrilled with my #NewYearWhoDis reading list from @Singout — a super mix of thoughtful nonfiction and literary fiction, which is right up my alley! I‘m thoroughly amazed by your matchmaking skills, @monalyisha —are/were you a therapist or a yenta in this life or a previous one? 😀


monalyisha @Amiable Ha! I'm not sure whether or not I'm a yenta...I don't think my Google search quite gave me the full picture (“busybody“?) -- but I'm not a therapist. I've been working in libraries, largely in Children's services, for almost 15 years. Other skills include: work with googly eyes & construction paper, coming up with terrible puns for promotion & signage, & making realistic animal noises. 😅 2mo
Amiable @monalyisha It‘s a Yiddish word that‘s also used to mean a matchmaker for marriages! Can you find my son a nice girlfriend, too? 😀 2mo
monalyisha @Amiable! Ha. I'm on it. Send me his dating profile. ;) Jk. Mostly. But if he wants to date a 30-something year old reader with a wicked sense of humor, a no nonsense attitude, & an appreciation for a great whiskey/beer, I've got just the single friend. 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs Great list! Chop Suey Nation was a totally under the radar pick for me when I read it 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly So I‘m not the only one who gets Matchmaker, Matchmaker stuck in my head? 😂 2mo
Amiable @TheKidUpstairs That one looks especially intriguing! 2mo
Amiable @Clare-Dragonfly Nope! It‘s in my head, too. 😀 2mo
Singout Thanks, @amiable and @monalysha! I love my list too! Lots of really interesting and thought-provoking material there.
Amiable @monalyisha Your friend sounds right up his alley—but he‘s only (almost) 25. 😬 If she‘s interested in a younger aerospace engineer who‘s wicked smart and witty with a dry sense of humor and who loves to read and travel, I‘ll send along his contact info! 😉 2mo
monalyisha @Amiable Something tells me that she might not appreciate my meddling. 🙈 But he sounds great! 2mo
monalyisha @Amiable Me, to her: “Don‘t ask questions…but do you want to talk to a single, 25-year-old aerospace engineer?” 😅 2mo
monalyisha God help us both. 2mo
Amiable @monalyisha 😄 PS He lives in Baltimore. That might kill the deal before it‘s even off the ground. 2mo
monalyisha She said to hit her up when he‘s 30. 😜 I‘m sure they‘ll both find their matches. 💖 2mo
Amiable @monalyisha Tell her if things don‘t work out for his older brother (who just started to date a girl I haven‘t met yet), I‘ll send HIM along instead. He‘s almost 28 and a helicopter pilot in the Marines. Does she like a man in a uniform? 😄 2mo
monalyisha Ha! Well, she reads romance novels. So, there‘s a good chance. 😉 2mo
Singout @TheKidUpstairs I found Chop Suey Nation riveting: I‘d always wondered about the lives of the solo Chinese families running restaurants in the towns I grew up in, and how they felt about the food they were expected to serve! It was also a book I could give my mom to get her thinking about racism without turning her off. @Amiable I tried not to duplicate themes and hope it isn‘t too Canadian for you to access if you‘re not in Canada! (edited) 2mo
Amiable @Singout I am not in Canada, but I am looking forward to reading about Canada! 🙂 It looks like I might be able to get “Chop Suey Nation” through Hoopla, although it‘s only available as an audiobook. (edited) 2mo
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Barnes and Noble, Smithfield, RI | Smithfield, Rhode Island (Library)
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Spent the morning volunteering as a patient escort at Planned Parenthood, where groups of old white men spent their time yelling about how much God hates me. 🙄 Felt like I deserved a treat after that, so now I‘m in my happy place. 🥰

squirrelbrain A well-deserved treat! 😘 2mo
Ellohcin Such a beautiful sight! Enjoy. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yes you do! Did you get anything? 2mo
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Karisa (((Hugs)))💗💐 2mo
Singout Sorry you had to experience that! Thank you for your courage. 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading I think the world needs more people like you! 🤗 2mo
Leftcoastzen Yes, what @Prairiegirl_reading said! Hugs ! 📚 2mo
Amiable @squirrelbrain @Ellohcin @Karisa @Singout @Prairiegirl_reading @Leftcoastzen Thank you! It‘s really all about the patients. Nobody should have to be emotionally tortured just because they need an abortion or a Pap smear or a breast exam. @erzascarletbookgasm I did! I love the “buy-one-get-one-at-50%” sale tables at B&N. Probably a little more than I should. 😀 (edited) 2mo
vivastory Definitely well-deserved! You are doing great work 👏 2mo
Aims42 I second @Singout Thank you 🙌🏻❤️ Glad you found some well deserved treats!! 2mo
TrishB Definitely deserved 😘 2mo
Amiable @vivastory @Aims42 @TrishB It‘s amazing how hateful people who think they are doing “God‘s work” can be. 😖 Thanks! 2mo
Amoon Could we please focus on books and not politics please? (edited) 2mo
Amiable @Amoon Um, if you don‘t like the comments or my posts, you are welcome to not follow me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
batsy I am sorry for you and everyone else who experienced that 😠 Such is the world... I hope you got yourself a treat 💕 2mo
Amiable @batsy Thank you! I did —I got two books. AND a hot chocolate from the Starbucks kiosk inside the store. 🙂 2mo
Amoon Thanks for the tip 2mo
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1. Not currently. Have been in 2 in the past.
2. The tagged book resulted in quite a spirited discussion about parenting and nature vs. nurture.
3. I prefer a debate. Although when we discussed the tagged book, one club member got so freaked out by it because it made her worry that she might be making the “wrong” parenting choices and turning her kids into sociopaths. She never came back to the club meetings again. 😬

ozma.of.oz Ouch. That sounds rough. Although, if she‘s worried about it, I would say that's a decent indicator she‘s not doing too bad. Thank you for sharing! 2mo
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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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Finished this #ChunksterChallenge2021 read. It‘s a pick with reservations. Needs editing, IMO. It took nearly 450 pages before I was fully invested. That‘s way too much time. I get that McMurtry was aiming for a sweeping epic, but the scope was too wide for him to properly wrap his arms around because some of the storylines petered out or felt unnecessary to the whole. Favorite characters: Gus and Clara.
Glad to have finally read this, though!

rockpools 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
EvieBee Yay!!! 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations!! 👏👏🎉🎉 Well done! 2mo
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Kelly326 Congrats on finishing! I still have a little over 200 pages to go. 2mo
Amiable @Kelly326 What do you think about it? Do you think you would want to continue to the rest of the series? I'm not sure I will. 2mo
Kelly326 I am enjoying the book. I love the characters. I don‘t know that I will read any more of them, but I am glad I read it. 2mo
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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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I finally made it to Part III (page 619 in my copy). Where‘re y‘all at now, @GinaKButler @Kelly326 @CoverToCoverGirl ?


Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Gaylagal2 I read Lonesome Dove many, many years ago with my Mom. Such a great memory you reminded me of......thank you! We would talk for hours about what we read, and drinking tons of coffee🤓 Lonesome Dove was the first book I read with such a huge amount of pages (I think 845). 2mo
Amiable @Gaylagal2 ❤️❤️ I‘m so glad this brought you a beautiful memory of your mom. 2mo
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CoverToCoverGirl You‘re powering through it. Unfortunately I‘ve decided to read this one for 2022‘s chunkster challenge. I hope you‘re hosting again. 😁 2mo
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl Sure thing! 🙂 2mo
GinaKButler I just got to Part III today! 2mo
Amiable @GinaKButler It‘s all coasting from here! 🙂 2mo
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The Labyrinth of the Spirits | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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When reading a book about spirits it‘s good to have a black cat around. It helps with the ambiance. 😀 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛