Chunkster Reading Challenge Check-in

I’m proud of the participants in the Chunkster Reading Challenge 2021! I’ve had several send links for the books they’ve read in this challenge.

I thought it would be fun to write a post about world famous chunkster size books!

It is reported the largest handmade book in the world is in Hungary. It takes six people to turn the page! This was reported in 2020.
Link to read more about the huge book: World’s Largest Book.

Some of the longest novels:
The Stand, uncut edition, by Stephen King. This book has 1,152 pages.
It by Stephen King has 1,138 pages.
Under the Dome by Stephen King. It has 1,074 pages.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This book has 1,088 pages.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This book has 1,462 pages.
Venmurasu by Jeyamohan. This book has 22,400 pages.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. This book has 1,456 pages.

If you type in the search space “big books” on YouTube, you will find several videos of people who are giving pointers on how to read a big book. Their helpful advice is for those readers intimidated by big books.

My favorites are these two:



Do you have a particular system when you read BIG books?
I place a small post-it note at every 100th page. My goal is to read to that point in one sitting, and then I work to read to the next point at the next sitting. My biggest problem is I read multiple books during the same period, and sometimes those books that are not being read for review (for a publisher or book tour company) gets pushed off to read later.

At this time, I am reading the following chunkster books:
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. This book has 622 pages.
The Land Beyond The Sea by Sharon Kay Penman. This book has 688 pages.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This book has 608 pages.
The Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia. This book has 496 pages.

Chunkster Reading Challenge 2021

Chunkster Reading Challenge 2021
Host: Annette @ Impressions in Ink
Duration: January 1 to December 31, 2021
Amount: The number of books read or audiobooks is up to you. The amount of pages in the book is the important guideline. The books must have 450 pages or greater to be a chunkster.

Sign-up by leaving a comment on this blog post.

List of my books read for this challenge:

1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Page count 608. This review was posted July 16, 2021.

2. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Page count 634. This review was posted July 17, 2021.

3. Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Major Works. Page count 480. This review was posted August 7, 2021.



Tea-Ology Reading Challenge

The following is copy and pasted from the host:

Tea-ology Reading Challenge (formerly Share-a-Tea)
Host: Operation Actually Read Bible (formerly Becky’s Book Reviews) (sign up here)
Duration: Perpetual but starting anew each January
# of books: Readers Decide

This challenge is all about celebrating SLOWING DOWN and SAVORING the moments. This challenge is about QUALITY and not quantity. This is an anti-rush reading challenge. Enjoy where you are in a book, and, engage fully in it. Live in the book.

Love drinking tea? Love reading books? Love reading a book while drinking tea? Have I got a reading challenge for you!

Who can join? Anyone who enjoys reading. You don’t need to have a blog. You don’t need to have a twitter account. Are coffee drinkers welcome? Well. You can still join in, I suppose. But you might be outnumbered by tea drinkers.

Which books count?

  • The Bible (any translation)
  • Devotionals
  • Sermons
  • Christian Biography/Autobiography
  • Christian Living
  • Christian Nonfiction
  • Christian Theology
  • Christian Bible Studies
  • Letters, Journals, Diaries, etc.

Does anything else count?

  • Watching or listening to sermons; just be sure to make note of what you’re watching and perhaps jot down a note or two to remind you what it was about.
  • Listening to audio bibles (again just keep track of what you’re listening to)
  • Listening to audio books (again just keep track…)
  • Listening to praise/worship albums (again just keep track…)

1) When you sign up in a comment below, share one favorite tea and one favorite book. And if you’ve got one handy: a favorite quote.
2) If you write a post on your blog announcing the challenge (and making a place to keep track of what you’ve read), consider sharing a bit about yourself–your reading and drinking habits. You might consider a longer list of recommendations!
3) If you’re on twitter, tweet me as often as you like @operationbible Tweet about favorite teas, favorite books, favorite authors, favorite quotes, what you’re currently reading, what you’ve just finished reading, etc.

I will be sharing my progress throughout the year. I haven’t decided if it will be every week, every other week, every month. If you have a preference, let me know when you sign up. You are more than welcome to share your progress in the comments of my progress posts.


My tea drinking is diverse and serious.

Each morning after drinking 1 cup of warm lemon water I make a pot of tea. My tea pot holds 3 big cups. I drink at least 2. I actually drink a tea latte. I almost always use loose leaf tea by Harney and Sons or Stash. English breakfast is my favorite morning tea. I drink Earl Grey sometimes. An honorable mention for morning tea is Paris by Harney and Sons. It is a blended tea. Delicious.
Some other favorite teas I drink during the day: Tazo Organic Baked Cinnamon Apple, Tazo Wild Apple Sarsaparilla, Twinings Green Tea with Jasmine, 365 Whole Foods brand Black Tea, and Hemp Morninga Deep Sleep by Harney and Sons.

My favorite books:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
David Copperfield and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Macbeth and Hamlet by Shakespeare
Knowing God by J. I Packer
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Any story by J. R. R. Tolkien

A favorite quote:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain (1835-1910).

2021 World War II Challenge

J. Howard Miller 1918-2004, artwork details on wikimedia commons


2021 World War II Challenge
Host: Becky’s Book Reviews (sign up here)
Dates: January – December 2021
Goals: Read, Watch, Listen, Share WWII related stuff

To read the entire post about the guidelines and sign-up for the challenge: Becky’s Book Reviews.

One of the things I love about this reading challenge is it includes film and music not just books!








2021 Victorian Reading Challenge

To read the entire reading challenge guidelines: Becky’s Book Reviews.

Victorian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky’s Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: January 2021 – December 2021
Goal: Read between 4 to 6 Books (4 minimum)

Choose to participate in the basic challenge (quarterly) or the advanced challenge (themed months). All books must fall into the “Victorian” category being either a) books originally published between 1837 and 1901 b) books originally written (but not published) between 1837 and 1901 c) general nonfiction about the Victorian era (the times, the culture, the people, the events) d) biographies of Victorians.

Sign up by leaving a comment @ Becky’s Book Reviews post for the reading challenge.
The above information is copy/pasted from Becky’s post.

I am signing up to read the quarterly challenge which is 4 Victorian books (one per quarter).

1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas