Tea & Books Reading Challenge because (1) I love the name and (2) it fits perfectly with a 2012 reading challenge from my husband.
I typically read a lot of books, my husband reads fewer. His books can often double as doorstops however, as they are huge. When I was considering what I might want to do as a 12 in 12 challenge he suggested that I should read 12 long books in 2012. He defined long as more than 600 pages.
The Tea & Books Challenge requires that the "chunksters" you read for it be at least 700 pages long. I have compiled a list of long books that had been in my "to read" list and which I might take on this year. Many of them have more than 700 pages so I decided to join T&B at the Earl Grey Aficionado (6 books) level. (Earl Grey is, in fact, my favorite tea, so this seemed the best option.)
So far this year I have read one book toward this challenge: Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 which is 925 pages and about which there was an interesting article in The Guardian.
I haven't totally decided on the other 5 titles, but am considering a novel by Charles Dickens; the first book in Geroge R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series; Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke; and Drood by Dan Simmons. I plan to check out the postings from other Tea & Books participants for other book ideas.
Please add a comment and let me know what book of 700+ pages you enjoyed.