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message 1: by PAS, Moderator AC (last edited Jan 22, 2020 01:19PM) (new)

PAS (Mods) (pasmods) | 627 comments Mod
And here's another one we all said at one time or another... We are really going to read that book this year. A book that is intimidating either in size and/or hard to understand.

Just Read It! aims to help you to finally read that book/s you've been avoiding for years! So save your planning spot in this thread and head over to Buddy Reads to nominate book/s you'd like a buddy to read along with ;)

Note: You are more than welcome to tackle these books on your own but if you need it, there is support!


message 3: by Meg (new)

Meg (megscl) | 792 comments Excellent, I need this prompt!
Are we allowed to have books count against multiple prompts?


message 4: by Tien (last edited Aug 31, 2020 05:38PM) (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8678 comments Mod
Progress: 15,364 / 15,000 pages as at 09/01

🗸 547p - The River of No Return (River of No Return #1) -Read 02/24
🗸 561p - The Son -Read 03/24
🗸 500p - Tyrant's Blood (Valisar Trilogy #2) -Read 03/31
🗸 864p - Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy #1) -Read 04/04
🗸 565p - The Tower of Ravens (Rhiannon's Ride #1) -Read 04/23
🗸 552p - Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) -Read 04/30
🗸 556p - The Bridge to Holy Cross (The Bronze Horseman #2) -Read 05/11
🗸 796p - The Brothers Karamazov -Read 05/13
🗸 503p - Patriot Games (Jack Ryan #1) -Read 05/15
🗸 827p - Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) -Read 05/16
🗸 643p - Riders in the Chariot -Read 06/01
🗸 515p - Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) -Read 06/08
🗸 711p - The Persimmon Tree (The Persimmon Tree #1) -Read 06/11
🗸 513p - Without Warning (The Disappearance #1) -Read 06/26
🗸 613p - Mutiny on the Bounty A saga of sex, sedition, mayhem and mutiny, and survival against extraordinary odds -Read 06/28
🗸 530p - A Fraction of the Whole -Read 06/29
🗸 531p - The Night Watch -Read 06/29
🗸 928p - Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan #2) -Read 07/12
🗸 576p - The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) -Read 07/20
🗸 672p - Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1) -Read 07/22
🗸 566p - Where Rainbows End -Read 07/24
🗸 625p - The Three Musketeers (The d'Artagnan Romances #1) -Read 08/10
🗸 608p - Oliver Twist -Read 08/12
🗸 502p - Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War #1) -Read 08/28
🗸 560p - The Liberation -Read 09/01


message 5: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8678 comments Mod
Meg wrote: "Excellent, I need this prompt!
Are we allowed to have books count against multiple prompts?"


Ah, good question. No crossover between prompts, Meg, sorry.
There are only going to be 6 so hopefully that's not going to be too big of an issue :)


message 6: by LynnB (last edited Sep 15, 2020 05:46PM) (new)

LynnB | 1645 comments Oo boy! These big books have, for the most part, been on my TBR a while. I need this prompt (ha!).

Prompt 2: Read Big and/or Intimidating Books
Goal: 7 books

The Fifties, 816 pp. - Yawn .... DNF, but read most of it
America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie, read 26 Apr 2020, 606 pp.
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, read 3 Feb 2020, 582 pp.
The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley, read 22 Feb 2020, 582 pp.
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish, read 18 Mar 2020, 566 pp.
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon, read 9 Jun 2020, 560 pp.
House Rules by Jodi Picoult, read 28 May 2020, 532 pp.
The Huntress, Kate Quinn, 14 Sept 2020, 530 pp.


message 7: by Coralie (last edited Aug 03, 2020 02:54AM) (new)

Coralie | 1606 comments Big Books
The Labyrinth of the Spirits completed February 10
The Feast of the Goat completed February 24
Oathbringer completed February 26
Fool's Fate completed March 7
Against the Odds completed March 24
Barkskins completed April 1
Fall or, Dodge in Hell: The Sci-Fi Sensation completed April 3
Cage of Souls completed May 3
The Death of the Necromancer completed May 15
The Seamstress completed May 24
Last Call completed July 4
The Famished Road completed July 26


11/30


message 8: by Meg (new)

Meg (megscl) | 792 comments Tien wrote: "Meg wrote: "Excellent, I need this prompt!
Are we allowed to have books count against multiple prompts?"

Ah, good question. No crossover between prompts, Meg, sorry.
There are only going to be 6 s..."


That's what I suspected. I might take a couple of the big ones out of prompt 1 then!


message 9: by Meg (last edited Sep 26, 2020 03:38AM) (new)

Meg (megscl) | 792 comments Big books :

Progress: 5226/5000

Shantaram 936pp FINISHED!
David Copperfield 912pp FINISHED!
Kushiel's Justice 880pp FINISHED!
4 3 2 1 866pp FINISHED!
Written in My Own Heart's Blood 825pp FINISHED!
Passage 780pp FINISHED!


message 10: by Bea (last edited Aug 12, 2020 02:52AM) (new)

Bea | 4660 comments Mod
Prompt 2: Big/Intimidating Books

Goal: 5 books

Oathbringer - 1248p - Read 2/27/20
The Pillars of the Earth - 973p - Read 6/30/20
And the Sea Will Tell - 729p - Read 7/10/20
The Wise Man's Fear - 994p - Read 2/26/20
Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer - 668p - Read 8/11/20


message 11: by Lusie (last edited Aug 23, 2020 06:50AM) (new)

Lusie (illusie) | 3116 comments Prompt 2: Big Books

Read: 20 / 20 books

✔ 1248p Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) [23-feb-20] ★★★★
✔ 912p Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) [20-apr-20] ★★★★
✔ 864p The Light of All That Falls (The Licanius Trilogy #3) [31-may-20] ★★★★
✔ 811p The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) [25-apr-20] ★★★★★
✔ 742p The Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters #5) [24-feb-20] ★★★★
✔ 742p The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman #3) [7-jun-20] ★★
✔ 728p The Sun Sister [7-mar-20] ★★★★
✔ 701p Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) [17-apr-20] ★★★★
✔ 698p Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) [14-apr-20] ★★★★
✔ 642p The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, #1) [3-mar-20] ★★
✔ 624p The Butterfly Room [21-jun-20] ★★★★
✔ 610p Somerset [12-mar-20] ★★
✔ 608p Southern Ruby [21-jul-20] ★★★★
✔ 608p The Wildest Heart [27-jan-20] ★★★
✔ 578p Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) [6-may-20] ★★★★
✔ 577p Dragonfly [13-jul-20] ★★★★
✔ 537p The Colonel and The Enchantress (The Enchantresses #4) [23-apr-20] ★★★
✔ 530p The Shell Seekers [16-may-20] ★★
✔ 528 Thuishaven [26-jun-20] ★★★
✔ 506p Sanctuary [12-jun-20] ★★★

Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3) by Brandon Sanderson Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3) by Cassandra Clare The Light of All That Falls (The Licanius Trilogy, #3) by James Islington The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1) by Paullina Simons The Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters, #5) by Lucinda Riley The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman, #3) by Paullina Simons Zon (De zeven zussen, #6) by Lucinda Riley Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) by Cassandra Clare Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, #1) by Karen Miller
The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley Somerset by Leila Meacham Southern Ruby by Belinda Alexandra The Wildest Heart by Rosemary Rogers Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman, #2) by Paullina Simons Dragonfly by Leila Meacham The Colonel and The Enchantress (The Enchantresses #4) by Paullett Golden The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher Thuishaven by Nora Roberts Sanctuary by Nora Roberts


message 12: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8678 comments Mod
hey Lusie, I have that last 2 Paullina Simons book so when you managed to finish The Bronze Horseman, let me know & we could read the other 2 together ;)


message 13: by Lusie (new)

Lusie (illusie) | 3116 comments That would be great Tien!


message 14: by Sandy (last edited Dec 02, 2020 06:04PM) (new)

Sandy | 166 comments Prompt #2: Big and/or Intimidating books
Goal 10,000 pages.
10,184/10,000

1. Wolf Hall - 3/7/20 - 653 pages
2. Bring Up the Bodies - 3/24/20 - 412 pages
3. Daughter of the Forest - 3/29/20 - 669 pages
4. The Collected Short Stories of Saki - 4/22/20 - 512 pages.
5. A Plague of Giants - 5/18/20 - 641 pages
6. A Blight of Blackwings - 5/23/20 - 560 pages
7. 17. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. 6/2/20. 540 pages
8. The Mirror & the Light - 6/7/20 - 784 pages.
9. Vagabonds - 6/18/20. 640 pages.
10. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz - 7/1/20. 585 pages.
11. Dune - 7/3/20. 688 pages.
12. A Dance with Fate - 7/25/20. 512 pages.
13. The Priory of the Orange Tree - 9/4/20. 848 pages.
14. Ship of Magic - 9/12/20. 832 pages.
15. Complex - 11/14/20. 700 pages.
16. Moonflower Murders - 12/2/20. 608 pages.


message 15: by Susan (new)

Susan | 3451 comments Mod
It may be just me, but I don't think the "Buddy Reads" link is live.


message 16: by Susan (last edited Sep 24, 2020 05:27AM) (new)

Susan | 3451 comments Mod
Prompt #2: Read big and/or intimidating books

Goal: 10 books

✔1 Fall, or Dodge in Hell, 896 pages - fin 4/17
✔2 Wish You Well, 432 pages - fin 5/13
✔3 Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy #3), 765 pages - fin 6/3
✔4 Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3), 552 pages - fin 6/16
✔5 For the Win, 477 pages - fin 6/24
✔6 First Family, 449 pages - fin 7/3
✔7 Wonderstruck, 640 pages - fin 7/27
✔8 The Secret Place, 453 pages - fin 8/5
✔9 Children of Blood and Bone - 9/8 - fin 9/8
✔10 The Diamond Age, 499 pages- fin 9/21

COMPLETED 9/21


message 17: by Joanna (last edited Sep 21, 2020 08:56AM) (new)

Joanna (walker) | 470 comments Completed: 5489/5000 pages - Completed!

Matches a monthly shelf:
February: speculative fiction
Gnomon - 704pp - 2/10/20
A Discovery of Witches - 579pp - 2/15/20
Shadow of Night - 584pp - 2/29/20

March: mystery
The Book of Life - 564pp - 3/18/20
The Crimson Petal and the White - 836pp
House of Leaves - 709pp
4321 - 866pp
Cloud Atlas - 529pp
The Queen of the Tearling - 643pp
Kushiel's Chosen - 678pp

Other big books:
Fall of Giants - 985pp - 3/14/20
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales - 576pp - 6/3/20
Here I Am - 587pp
Timothy Leary: A Biography - 704pp
Dreamland - 676pp
Perdido Street Station - 710pp
2666 - 898pp - 8/3/20
Feed - 599pp - 9/21/20


message 18: by Elvenn (last edited Dec 18, 2020 01:55PM) (new)

Elvenn | 715 comments Prompt 2: Read Big and/or Intimidating Books - 5 books ~ ~ ~ (5/5 read)

- Textos cautivos by Jorge Luis Borges (reviews, essays and biographies... by Borges) ✔
- The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (692 pages of tiny font) ✔
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (502 pages of tiny font) ✔
- La muerte del comendador, Libro 2 (496 pages) ✔
- El tesoro de Troya: La odisea de Heinrich Schliemann, el arqueólogo más famoso del siglo XIX [The Treasure of Troy] by Philipp Vandenberg (exhaustive biography of H. Schliemann in my tbr since... 1997...) ✔


message 19: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 2587 comments of course...maybe i'll do better on this prompt....


message 20: by Lagullande (last edited Dec 27, 2020 06:35AM) (new)

Lagullande | 411 comments Goal: 4,040 pages per Prompt
Read : 921/4,040

**=Matches a monthly shelf:
February: speculative-fiction
March: mystery

On my LOST 2020:
1276pp - The Count of Monte Cristo
720pp - In Sunlight and in Shadow
624pp - The Bone Clocks
534pp - Ice Road

Others on my TBR:
1,088pp - The Pillars of the Earth
838pp - Anna Karenina
742pp - Cathedral of the Sea
737pp - A Little Life
640pp - The Nix
630pp - Red Seas Under Red Skies
622pp - Life after Life
600pp - Flight Behaviour
582pp - The Heart's Invisible Furies
576pp - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
549pp - Fingersmith
529pp - Cloud Atlas
✔521pp - North and Southfinished 30/3/20
512pp - What Happened
✔400pp - The Three-Body Problem (not Big, but Hard Science Fiction is definitely Intimidating) finished 2/5/20

On my Wishlist:
784pp - The Mirror & the Light
731pp - Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
721pp - Armadale
501pp - Palace Walk


message 21: by Judy (last edited Apr 08, 2020 02:49PM) (new)

Judy | 170 comments Prompt 2: Read Big and/or Intimidating Books
Goal: 6 books

1/6 books read

1. Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942- 659 pages- 4 stars- finished 4/8/2020


message 22: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8678 comments Mod
Sandy wrote: "I'm in. Are we supposed to use the same goal for every prompt? If so, 10,000 pages is my goal."

yes, same goal


message 23: by Amy (last edited Dec 07, 2020 07:51AM) (new)

Amy | 2144 comments Prompt 2: Read big and/or intimidating books
Goal: 20 books - DONE!


✔1. Knife (531 pages) - Completed 2/1/20
✔2. Lies (498 pages) - Completed 2/11/20
✔3. The Nix (640 pages) - Completed 3/29/20
✔4. One Good Deed (628 pages) - Completed 3/7/20
✔5. Iron Gold (601 pages) - Completed 5/3/20
✔6.The Heart's Invisible Furies (592 pages) - Completed 2/25/20
✔7. Masked Prey (640 pages) - Completed 5/8/20
✔8. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (540 pages) - Completed 6/16/20
✔9. The Fountains of Silence (512 pages) - Completed 4/15/20
✔10. The Border (768 pages) - Completed 5/4/20
✔11. Plea of Insanity (608 pages) - Completed 10/18/20
✔12. Long Bright River (482 pages) - Completed 6/25/20
✔13. New York 2140 (624 pages) - Completed 9/9/20
✔14. Memories of Glass (432 pages) - Completed 8/9/20
✔15. This Tender Land (450 pages) - Completed 7/31/20
✔16. An Ember in the Ashes (446 pages) - Completed 9/9/20
✔17. High Noon (480 pages) - Completed 11/15/20
✔18. Dark Age (704 pages) - Completed 10/8/20
✔19. Troubled Blood (994 pages) - Completed 12/7/20
✔20. The Program (464 pages) - Completed 11/20/20


message 24: by Jayme (last edited Mar 15, 2020 04:25PM) (new)

Jayme (jaymetheghostreader) | 1042 comments My goal is 5 books

Goal: 0/5,000
1)


message 25: by Marina (last edited Dec 17, 2020 02:34AM) (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) | 1400 comments Prompt 2: Read big and/or intimidating books - 5,000 pages

The Wise Man's Fear - 27/02/2020 - 1,000 p.
Silent in the Grave - 21/03/2020 - 509 p.
The Poet - 25/08/2020 - 510 p.
Jonathan Strange & il Signor Norrell - 31/10/2020 - 887 p.
La diseducazione di Cameron Post - 14/12/2020 - 536 p.

Total: 3,442/5,000 pages


message 26: by Christina (last edited Nov 13, 2020 08:32PM) (new)

Christina Byrne (cmbyrne87) | 160 comments Prompt 2: Read big and/or intimidating books
Goal : 5 books

7/10
1. The Great Pursuit - 3/15/20 - 528 pg
2. Caged - 3/25/20 - 506 pg
3. Devious Lies - 6/14/20 - 700 pg
4. Mr. Spencer - 7/11/20 - 550 pg
5. Lev - 7/31/20 - 678 pg
6. The Shadows - 9/23/20 - 576 pg
7. The Coffin Dancer - 10/7/20 - 532
8.
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10.


message 27: by Ellis (last edited Oct 21, 2020 02:52PM) (new)


message 28: by ♞ Pat (last edited Jun 24, 2020 12:38PM) (new)

♞ Pat Gent Prompt 2 ~ Read Big and/or Intimidating Books
Goal ~ 10 books

I don't ever read books over 400 pages, so a 500+ book is pretty huge for me! And my goal of 10 books per prompt - that's going to be a massive number of pages. I need to think of it as a year long project. Then maybe it won't scare me so bad.


1. Big Book
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Completed ~ 1.29.20
Pages ~ 503
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
(Definitely worth the time it took to finish it, which wasn't that much longer than usual)

2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Completed ~ 2.13.20
Pages ~ 503
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
(I've put off reading this book for so long, and now I don't even know why because it was wonderful)

3. One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow A Novel by Olivia Hawker One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow: A Novel by Olivia Hawker
Completed ~ 2.16.20
Pages ~ 493
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

4. In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tana French In the Woods by Tana French
Completed ~ 2.21.20
Pages ~ 431
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
(This book was good but it took forEVER to read because of the tiny print and narrow margins.)

5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia
Completed ~ 3.5.20
Pages ~ 471
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
(I really enjoyed this one. It was a book selection in one of my other challenge groups, and it was fun to read it with other people.)

6. The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1) by Greg Iles The Quiet Game by Greg Iles
Completed ~ 4.25.20
Pages ~ 580
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
(I knew I would like this one, once I got started on it because I really loved the Mississippi Burning trilogy. Penn Cage is a great character and Greg Iles tells a really good story. The only problem I had with this one was the print size was SO SMALL!)

7. The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Completed ~ 5.8.20
Pages ~ 443
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
(This one truly was intimidating, even though it wasn't all that much longer than what I usually read. But, being a Pulitizer Prize winner, it was very "academic" by my normal reading standards. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I devoured it. Fantastic reading!)

8. The Last Juror by John Grisham The Last Juror by John Grisham
Completed ~ 5.20.20
Pages ~ 487
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
(This one feels almost like cheating because it didn't feel that long. Honest. It was Grisham at his finest.)

9. Blowout Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow
Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
Completed ~ 5.25.20
Pages ~ 405
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
(So not really "big" so much as just simply intimidating. I don't read non-fiction much at all because I have plenty of nonfiction in my real life. I read for relaxation. I read to escape reality. I read for entertainment. I read just for fun. I listen to Rachael Maddow - every night. And I admire and respect her. She's brilliant. She connects dots in a way that is pure journalistic genius. But she scares me a little with how smart she is, and ... this book. I should have known better. What she did was tell a series of stories, gradually connecting this dot to that dot to the next dot, and when she was done, I was smarter, and the book was - just like Rachael - brilliant.)

10. The Bone People by Keri Hulme The Bone People by Keri Hulme
Completed ~ 6.24.20
Pages ~ 450
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
So this one has been on my to-read list since I first joined GoodReads - which means at least 2014, and probably further back than that. I don't know why I haven't attempted it before now, so I'm putting it in the "intimidating" category because it just looked so ... academic. Too bad for me, because it was brilliant. The language barrier was tricky at first, but once I got into the unique rhythms of the syntax, time literally flew by. Great book!

Bonus !
#11. Cemetery Road by Greg Iles Cemetery Road by Greg Iles
Completed ~ 6.15.20
Pages ~ 590
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
This one was simply a great read.


message 29: by Ashley (last edited Aug 05, 2021 03:27PM) (new)

Ashley | 233 comments Prompt #2: Read Big and/or Intimidating Books
Finished: 7/10 books

Big Books
1. Ruins (544 pages) - 3/7/2020
2. Gone (560 pages) - 3/22/2020
3. Hunger (590 pages) - 4/19/2020
4. The Sight (480 pages) - 4/28/2020
5. Dragon Rider (527 pages) - 5/3/2020
6. The Book of Fate (508 pages) - 7/22/2020
7. Visitors (608 pages) - 8/4/2021
8.
9.
10.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (620 pages)
The Diviners (578 pages)
The Angel's Game (522 pages)
The Red Pyramid (516 pages)
Tess of the Road (544 pages)
Nevermore (543 pages)
Renegades (556 pages)
Strange the Dreamer (536 pages)
Replica (520 pages)
Fire Bringer (512 pages)
Stain (512 pages)


message 30: by Tawallah (last edited May 31, 2020 08:57AM) (new)

Tawallah | 138 comments I'm so glad I choose 5 books for these prompts.

Here are my 5 big/intimidating books

1. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb- 832 pages FINISHED 28 Feb
2. Crime and Punishment- 614 pages- FINISHED May 7
3. Jump!- 768 pages
4. Alaska- 868 pages
5.


message 31: by Sassafrass (last edited May 03, 2020 07:40AM) (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 603 comments Prompt 2: Big and/or Intimidating Books
Goal: 10 books

***Requirements: 450+ pages and/or 15+ hours on audio***
✔︎1. Boarded by Love (16 hours, 3 minutes) 2/27/20
✔︎2. Steel's Edge (15 hours, 25 minutes) 3/1/20
✔︎3. The Will (24 hours/595 pages) 3/4/20
✔︎4. Beard in Mind (466 pages) 3/14/20
✔︎5. Luna and the Lie (17 hours/628 pages) 3/16/20
✔︎6. Soaring (24 hours, 7 minutes/603 pages) 4/1/20
✔︎7. Prey (477 pages) 4/19/20
✔︎8. The Time in Between (19 hours, 2 minutes/563 pages) 4/23/20
✔︎9. Broken Dove (23 hours, 3 minutes/692 pages) 4/26/20
✔︎10. Wild Country (17 hours, 57 minutes/492 pages) 5/3/20


message 32: by Kristina Simon (last edited Dec 09, 2020 03:32PM) (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 724 comments Prompt 2: Big and/or Intimidating Books
Goal: 5,000 pages
Progress: 4,564/5,000 pages

✔︎ Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (541 pages) Read: 4/8/20
✔︎ The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston (629 pages) Read: 10/12/20
✔︎ Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (531 pages) Read: 11/9/20
✔︎ The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (672 pages) Read: 6/30/20
✔︎ One Second After by William R. Forstchen (511 pages) Read: 10/29/20
✔︎ Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (525 pages) Read: 5/31/20
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (518 pages)
✔︎ An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (1,155 pages) Read: 2/29/20

Planned pages = 5,077


message 33: by Stacey (last edited Apr 30, 2020 05:10PM) (new)

Stacey (boydsmom) | 280 comments Aww man, I made big books one of my "out of comfort zone" topics. Guess I'll be reading a lot of big books this year!! :)

Prompt 1: Big/Intimidating Books
Goal: 5000p.
Completed: 985 p.


1. Fall of Giants 4/30/20 985p.


message 34: by Rosemary (last edited Oct 16, 2020 03:04PM) (new)

Rosemary | 849 comments Prompt 2: Read big books
My goal: 3500 pages

Read: 6 books, 4038 pages

1. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates, 2 Apr 20 - 939 pages
2. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz, 3 May 20 - 589 pages
3. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, 29 May 20 - 490 pages
4. Julie, or the New Heloise by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 18 June 20 - 428 pages
5. Weaveworld by Clive Barker, 26 Sept 20 - 648 pages
6. Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith, 16 Oct 20 - 944 pages


message 35: by Nat (last edited Dec 17, 2020 10:53PM) (new)

Nat | 88 comments Oh no... I need this one but there's a reason these have been sitting on my to-read shelf for so long....

Goal: 6000 pages

The Way of Kings (1007 pgs)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (1006 pgs) 9/26
A Game of Thrones (835 pgs)
The Priory of the Orange Tree (827 pgs) 10/25
The Lies of Locke Lamora (752) 3/13
The Dragonbone Chair (672 pgs) 12/17
New York 2140 (624 pgs)
Shadow Scale (602 pgs) 5/19

Completed = 3859/6325


message 36: by Lahni (last edited Mar 04, 2020 12:23PM) (new)

Lahni | 638 comments Prompt 2: Read big or intimidating books

3/10 READ

1. I Know This Much Is True (897 pgs)
2. A Column of Fire (916 pgs)
3. Xenocide (592 pgs)
4. The Host (620 pgs)
5. Anna Karenina (964 pgs)
6. The Plague
7. Fight Club
8. The Time Machine
9 House of Leaves (705 pgs)
10. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time


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LynnB | 1645 comments Started on my first "big book". I put it on my pile of books last week and have been trying to plan my reading so I could start it this morning. Yay! And so far it's a good read -- yay again :)


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Tien (tiensblurb) | 8678 comments Mod
Yay, LynnB! Well done on getting started and enjoying it so far :)


message 39: by LaurLa (last edited Dec 17, 2020 07:16PM) (new)

LaurLa | 1198 comments Just Read It! (2020)
January - December 2020

Prompt #2: Read Big and/or Intimidating Books (size or content)

Prompt Goal: 10 books | Total Read: 10

My Prompt #2 (msg 39)

Big Books (page count)
Alone In the Dark (Romantic Suspense, #17; Cincinnati, #2) by Karen Rose Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8) by J.R. Ward The Time in Between (Magdalene, #3) by Kristen Ashley Wild at Heart (The DeMarco Family Book 2) by Jane Graves Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) by J.R. Ward Sommersgate House (Ghosts and Reincarnation #1) by Kristen Ashley Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9) by J.R. Ward The Stopover (The Miles High Club, #1) by T.L. Swan
✔🍬772 pp ~ Alone In the Dark ~ 02.24 ★★★★★
✔🍬673 pp ~ Lover Mine ~ 04.20 ★★★★
✔🍬563 pp ~ The Time in Between ~ 04.18 ★★★★
✔🍬499 pp ~ Wild at Heart ~ 07.19 ★★★★
✔🍬556 pp ~ Lover Avenged ~ 03.28 ★★★★
✔🍬461 pp ~ Sommersgate House ~ 11.15 ★★★★
✔🍬511 pp ~ Lover Unleashed ~ 05.19 ★★★★
✔🍬521 pp ~ The Stopover ~ PaS Monthly - April ~ 04.29 ★★★★

Intimidating (not usual genre, dreading finishing the book)
Animal Farm by George Orwell Axeman's Jazz (Skip Langdon, #2) by Julie Smith
✔🍬straight (non-romance) sci-fi/fantasy ~ Animal Farm ~ 11.02 ★★★
✔🍬dread to finish ~ Axeman's Jazz ~ 04.28 ★★★


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message 42: by Dee (last edited Dec 14, 2020 06:16AM) (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 2587 comments ha - apparently i never signed up for this phase ;)

Goal: 12000pgs
Current: 8469pgs

Fall of Giants - finished - 3/16/20 - 942pgs
Winter of the World - finished - 4/4/20 - 940pgs
Edge of Eternity - finished - 4/20/20 - 1104
The Brothers Karamazov - finished - 5/19/20 - 796pgs
The Summer Garden - finished - 6/8/20 - 742pgs
The Gilded Hour - finished - 6/27/20 - 741pgs
Wolf Hall - Finished - 7/22/20 - 604pgs
Dragonfly - Finished - 7/23/20 - 563pgs
The Mirror & the Light - finished - 9/7/20 - 757pgs
Harrow the Ninth - finished - 10/01/20 - 512pgs
A Promised Land - finished - 12/10/20 - 768pgs
New York 2140
The Guns of the South


message 43: by Saylor (new)

Saylor Rains (theonlysaylor) | 35 comments My goal is going to be five "big" books from my list, and I'll add the date as I finish them :)

1. The Brothers Karamazov 796 Pages
2. Infinite Jest 1,088 Pages
3. A Little Life 720 Pages
4. The Goldfinch 771 Pages
5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay 639 Pages


message 44: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 2587 comments Saylor - Tien and I are reading the Brothers Kamarazov right now - we’re about 40% of the way done if you want to join us


message 45: by Saylor (new)

Saylor Rains (theonlysaylor) | 35 comments That would actually be perfect! I’m between books while waiting for some to become available and I have this one. Should I try and catch up to a certain point this weekend?


message 46: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 2587 comments Here’s our thread - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

We’re finishing up book 6 this week (goal was 2 books a week)


message 47: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8678 comments Mod
oh, yes, join in, Saylor :)

I'm a tad ahead of schedule but not that far ahead.


message 48: by Saylor (new)

Saylor Rains (theonlysaylor) | 35 comments Awesome, I started last night and I'll try and read as much as possible this week! :)


message 49: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 10, 2020 10:01AM) (new)

Prompt 2: Big/Intimidating Books
Goal: 10 Books per Prompt
Completed: 0/10


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