Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tea & Books Reading Challenge

I decided to join the 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.


  1. I've joined this one too, though haven't read any long ones yet! Or even begun...

    I LOVED Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. And really, almost any Dickens novel will do; I'm partial to Our Mutual Friend, myself. Have fun!

    1. I'm about 1/4 of the way through JS & MN and am really liking it so far. I love the footnotes! Our Mutual Friend is a Dickens I haven't read so I will check that out, thanks for the suggestion.


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