Monday, January 15, 2007

Chunkster Challenge Participants - Final!

Okay, this is it! The final list. I had no idea 88 . . 89 . . 90 . . 91 . . 92 over 100 people would want to join in on this challenge. Wow!. I hope to visit everyone during the Chunkster Challenge, although at this point I'm still stuck with a hinky dial-up connection. We're guessing that our ISP has moved some resources away from dial-up, since I got a new computer recently but the connection has gotten progressively worse. Fingers are crossed we'll get reasonably-price DSL in our area, soon.

Happy Reading! And, yes, I'm still adding stragglers and if I overlooked you let me know!

1. Michelle, Overdue Books
2. Janet, Joyful Jottings
3. Joy, Thoughts of Joy
4. Wendy, Musings of a Bookish Kitty
5. Krista, Lover of Books
6. SuziQ, Blogging My Books
7. Carrie, My Middle Name is Patience
8. Nat, In Spring it is the Dawn
9. Kucki, Kucki's Cookies
10. Marg, Reading Adventures
11. Heather, A High and Hidden Place
12. Lotus, Lotus Reads
13. Bookgirl, Bookgirl's Nightstand
14. Kris, Not Enough Books
15. Les, Lesley's Book Nook
16. Kailana, The Written World
17. Emily, Lost in the Pages
18. Bellezza, Dolce Bellezza
19. Ex Libris, Ex Libris
20. Jenn, Cafe Books
21. Lisa, Breaking the Fourth Wall
22. Claire, Being Me
23. Hollydolly, Hollydolly Books
24. Ellen, Wormbook
25. Paula, BassetKnitter
26. Kookiejar, A Fraternity of Dreamers
27. Booklogged, A Reader's Journal
28. Nessie, The Biblio Files
29. Bookish Lore, Literary Craving
30. Isabella, Magnificent Octopus
31. Bybee, Naked Without Books!
32. K, Square One
33. Jodie, Snow Slices Live Journal
34. Barbara, Heidi's Books
35. Indigo, Full Steam Ahead
36. aka_nik, Keep this on the DL
37. Superfast Reader, Reading is My Superpower
38. Amy, Books, Words and Writing
39. Henk, Masterpieces
40. Eva, Evagation
41. Kirsten, Nose in a Book
42. Framed, Framed and Booked
43. Jackie C. Reading at the Nest
44. Aarti, BookLust
45. MissyJoon, Persian Purls and Yarnovers
46.KristinsDottir, KristinsDottir!
47. BeccaU, Nutmeg Knitter
48. Krakovianka, U Krakovianki
49. Chloe, *insert title here*
50. Restless Reader, Restless Reader
51. J, Thinking About
52. Purl, Knitted and Purled
53. Nyssaneala, Random Thoughts Live Journal
54. Janefan, Austen-tatious
55. Anne, My Ramblings and Readings
56. Marg, Reading Adventures
57. Lynne, Lynne's Little Corner of the World
58. The Book Fiend, Kell's 360 site
59. Melanie, The Indextrious Reader
60. Joyce, Books! Books! Books!
61. Lesley, A Life in Books
62. Kay, Books and Reading
63. Pour of Tor, Sycorax Pine
64. Fay, Historical/Present
65. Think Pink Dana, So Many Books So Little Time
66. Sarala, blogaway
67. Kevin Stilley, Silver and Gold Have I None
68. Amanda A., The Blog Jar
69. 3M, 3M's Booklist
70. Michele, Life Under the Sun
71. Stephanie, Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-Holic
72. Shoshana, Unseal My Lips
73. Emily Jean, Em with an 'E'
74. Malady, Life by Candlelight
75. Sandie K., no blog, such a sneaky devil
76. Susan, My Reading Adventures
77. Tammy, Under a Blood Red Sky
78. Mona, Booklover's Diary
79. Matt, Condalmo
80. Elizabeth, An Adventure in Reading
81. Susan, I Buy Books
82. christomboy, no blog but I know where to find her hahaha
83. Country Goalie, To The Hilt
84. MS-Teacher, ms_teacher
85. Mary, maryevans77
86. Eva, A Striped Armchair
87. Amanda, Amanda's Weekly Zen
88. Paula in Iowa, oops forgot her earlier
89. Acquisitionist, Literary Acquisitionist
90. Maggie, sorry babe, Maggie Reads
91. Trish, Just Another Reader in Paradise
92. Tonette, Leave Me Alone I'm Reading!
93. Ann Marie, Zen of Writing
94. Stephen, computer hater (no blog?)
95. Sarah, Book Buff in Oz
96. Gina Marysol Ruiz
97. Ted, Myrtias
98. Lena, Books and Such
99. Jessica, Readers Without Borders
100. Rachel, no blog
101. Karen, Over the Backyard Fence
102. Ashleigh, Girl + Dirt
103. Historia, BiblioHistoria


  1. Anonymous10:52 PM

    Ha! Thats great thanks so much. I really love going to other sites and checking out their lists!

  2. What a great group of readers, Bookfool! I'm looking forward to reading my chunkster.

  3. Nessie,

    Me, too. I need a faster connection so I can have more fun blog-hopping. My new computer is nice and speedy, but it's all rather pointless if the information just crawls through the phone line. LOL


    Pretty cool bunch, eh? It's getting a little difficult to keep my mitts off the first chunkster. Hope you have fun with yours!!

  4. Anonymous3:31 PM

    Bookfool, I've known from the beginning I wanted to join in on this challenge. It's just taken me forever to get my post up. But it's up now at A Reader's Journal. I have 12 picked out and don't know how I'm going to narrow it down. Guess it will be whatever strikes my fancy when the time comes. That wiggle factor, you know?

  5. Booklogged,

    It took me forever, too. I love your list and, wow, you probably already know that because I succeeded at posting to your site! Okay, so that's one success in a week, LOL. Yahoo!

    I have to have wiggle room, too. I'm terribly fickle. Thanks for letting me know about your post!

  6. Anonymous8:14 PM

    Me too. I have been reverting to NEXT BLOG button at the top of the page which is fun too but after about 2 dozen I need some book lovers to end my night.

    I choose 6 - no wait dam! 10 that I really want to read. I commited to reading 3 because that seemed possible in 6 months including the 2 others I have commited to. But I saw somewhere - sorry I forget which one - someone extending it to a year and I think that just the fact that I wrote down the ten and took the time to post about them, I am determined to get through them this coming year. You guys are gonna have to post less so can focus.

  7. Anonymous7:00 AM

    I took the plunge. Here's my list:

  8. Anonymous11:48 AM

    Wow, great turnout!

  9. Nessie,

    Maybe I'll come up with a "Let's Shut Up and Read" post at the first of the year. LOL Playing around on blogs can definitely interfere with reading time!


    I just peeked - great list! I completely forgot to add either of the Ayn Rand titles I've got sitting here, but when I remembered them, I realized I had more than enough on my challenge list, already. If I decide to start reading a Rand, instead, so be it. Hope the challenge is helpful rather than stressful for you. I'm the same way. I can get overwhelmed and things backfire on me. That's one of the reasons I made the challenge so ridiculously flexible - to keep the pressure off. :)


    Thanks, yeah, definitely a great turnout! It's good to see you!!

  10. Anonymous5:22 PM

    This is quite an extensive group of readers! Now I know I must keep to the challenge. What pressure!

  11. Janet,

    Yep, quite a group we've got going! But, don't stress. You're just challenging yourself, not competing with everyone else. The idea is that ganging up together might help motivate us to read those fat books we keep putting off. It's certainly got me excited. :)

  12. Don't leave me out. I'm at

  13. Thanks for putting this together, and good luck to all of the participants! I'm going to abstain this time myself since chunksters scare me enough without putting the word "challenge" in the mix! (Plus I hate reading heavy books on the train!) I'll read vicariously though the rest of you...

  14. Framed,

    I'm sorry! I thought I had added you. I'm about to try to save all my templates and then switch over to beta because I see they've begun switching people without asking. Yeeks. I'll get you added, first. Thanks for bringing your absence on the list to my attention!


    It would be a nuisance to carry a fat book on a train, I'm sure. Sorry you won't be joining in, but thanks for cheering us on!

  15. Anonymous7:45 AM

    It's so much fun to see my name up there! I love taking part in these challenges.

  16. aka_nik,

    I had to laugh at your message. It's strange how exciting it can be to "see yourself" on a list on someone else's blog, isn't it? I feel that way, too. :)

  17. Anonymous7:40 PM

    Wow, bookfool, that's quite a turnout for the challenge, wonderful!!!

    Just stopping by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!

    "See" you after Christmas!

  18. Hi Lotus,

    Yes, quite a turnout and it just keeps growing! I keep telling myself I'm going to save my templates and switch to beta, but I just need to check comments first . . . and there are never NOT any comments. LOL

    Thanks so much. Merry Christmas to you and yours, also! Hope you enjoy the holiday season and 2007 will be a great year for you!

  19. I'm in!

    This is the link to my post about it.

  20. I can't wait to start but I have two books to read before then, knowing me I can do it too. lol

  21. Wow! Great turnout and a lot more blogs to check out too :-)

  22. Marg,

    I've added you to the list, thanks! I hope you love The Book Thief as much as I did!


    I know you well enough to say you'll be reading a chunkster by the first. I'm not envious, no, not me. Riiight.


    Pretty amazing, eh? I'm hoping I'll have time to visit all the blogs. I am not going to make a negative comment about Blogger. Nope. Not gonna do it. ;)

  23. Anonymous6:45 PM


    I'd love to join your challenge. I'm posting my list on my blog Lynne's Little Corner of the World.


  24. Lynne,

    I added you to the list and responded to your other post but I forgot to tell you my middle name is Lynne, with the "e". I considered switching to my middle name for years, but never got around to it. I love that name. :)

  25. Hmm, is it too late to offically join? I've got a couple books on my TBR shelf that would fit the bill as chunksters.

  26. Lesley,

    It's not too late to join; I'm just adding a few more people, now. I peeked at your blog - hope I've got the right one: A Life in Books. You had a totally cool Christmas, you lucky chick! Most of what you got is on my wish list. Hope you enjoy all those great new reads! And, Happy New Year!

  27. I've been on the road and just got home but I'd like to join in the fun. I am doubling up on another challenge but here are 2 chunksters I wanted to get off my to-do list: Madame Secretary by Madeleine Albright and Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. My site is

  28. Sarala,

    No problemo. I figured some people would be traveling (we decided to nix the trip home, now that we have a kid who can come home to us) so I set the cutoff at January 7. You've been added. I tried to look at your blog, but could only see bits. I love that photo taken at O'Hare. So cool!

  29. Bookfool,
    Thanks for including me, although I tried the link and it didn't seem to go through. (I'm anal since I figure half the time I type my link wrong).
    I will get reading mine ASAP.

  30. Is it too late to join? I have a few 400 page books that I need to read and this would be a good incentive.

  31. Michele,

    It's not too late. I've added you. And, I want to know more about this del.i.cious (?) thing. How do you do that? I just lost a computer and all the associated bookmarks, too! Ugh. :)

  32. You are quick!! Thank you, I better go figure out my books and write a post about it tonight.

    I wrote a blog post about (and technorati) here. If you want more information, you can leave a comment on my blog or email me.

  33. Hi,

    I would like to read Lonesome Dove and The Magic Mountain for the challenge.

    My web page announcement is:

    I also re-did the button. For some reason yours would distort when I changed the size. I hope you don't mind.

  34. Michele,

    Yesterday, I was fast. Today, I'm molasses. Thanks for the link; I'll look at it tomorrow (when I can focus, again). :)


    My computer wasn't loading a thing when I tried to look (I think it's my ISP that's the problem) so I couldn't see the button you created, but that's fine. It doesn't bother me a bit. Oddly, I had no trouble opening your comments, which is usually a problem. I love what you said about Magic Mountain. If it's that good, I'll have to look it up.

    Hubby looked up Como, for me. You're up there in the Thacker Mountain radio area, yes? My eldest bought me a CD that got me all excited because Larry Brown is recorded on it. I just loved his non-fiction; he was like Everyman Mississippi, to me. I thought the flags should have gone to half-mast when he died.

  35. Bookfool,
    The flag flew half-mast at our home. My husband is on the volunteer fire department and just loved On Fire. If you are ever in Como let us take you two out for dinner. We have one of the best steak houses in the area. :-)

  36. Anonymous12:12 PM

    Hello, hello! I found the challenge through Snow Slices's livejournal, and had to participate! I'm so glad it's still open. I should be posting my list soon. My journal is here:

    By the way, may I say how lovely it is to find an active group of book bloggers out there? I had no idea there were so many, and I'm glad that because of this challenge there is a good list of journals I can check out for reading ideas! :)


  37. Maggie,

    On Fire was the first Larry Brown book I read. I absolutely gobbled it up; it's wonderful! I actually bought it for the subject matter and didn't pay attention to who wrote it till it arrived (ordered from Book Closeouts), so it was an extra treat that it was written by a Mississippian.

    We have a son at Ole Miss and occasionally go to swim meets in the area (with the youngster, who is 15). Hubby's sitting here and he says the state swim tournament's in Oxford in Feb., so maybe we can get together, then, if we have time? What's the name of the steak house? The guys are fans of Taylor Grocery's catfish and I love Bottletree Bakery - so cute and everything I've eaten there is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

  38. So very exciting, Bookfool. I think it's a wonderful challenge and so needed, obviously. The number of people participating is awesome, isn't it? I need to get moving - haven't started my Jan. chunkster, yet.

  39. Booklogged,

    It's amazing. I had no idea so many people felt intimidated by their fat books. Actually, it's kind of comforting. :)

    I'm only on page 250 of my first chunkster. I find that I have to stop and pick up faster books, now and then, or I'd go mental. I'm just not a fat book person, I guess. LOL

  40. I thought for sure I'd be reading another book alongside Anna Karenina (it feels and looks so big!), but I'm so involved with it, that I don't want to interupt the story.

    Thanks so much for putting this challenge together, Nancy! I kept skipping over these bigger books for shorter ones and this is a great excuse to clear them off my shelves--and enjoy some very good books.

    And thank you for selecting my name in the drawing! Maybe I should try the lottery this week too . . . ;-)

  41. Literary Feline,

    Maybe I need to read Anna Karenina, next, because I keep picking up other books to give me a break from my chunkster. It's pretty bad when you need a break from your break from your chunkster - that's where I'm at, now, but it could be this headache I can't get rid of! LOL

    I'm glad the challenge is working for you. You're welcome. And, yes, definitely go for the lottery. You were pulled from a numerical random-generator so it just might be your week. :)

    Happy Reading!

  42. I'm not on the list... :-(

  43. Maggie,

    I remember adding you, but it must have been one of those days when things were going nutty and I didn't manage to save the addition - I've had many of those days, lately, and often had to reboot and start over. Okay, you're on the list, now. Sorry about that!

  44. I am almost through with Genesis already!
    I can't believe I chose to read the bible for my chunkster challenge. But I can do it, I know I can.
    By the way the link to my name on the participant list doesn't work. Not sure why.

  45. Paula,

    I'll see if I can fix the link. It didn't work for me, either.

    The hard part is going to be Leviticus, if I remember right. Or, is it Numbers? Somewhere in there, you get all bogged down with who beget whom and all that nonsense. That's stopped me several times. I think next time I work on trying to read the whole Bible, I'll skim those bits.

  46. Wow, this is quite a list, bookfool! I look forward to meeting my other challenge buddies - thanks for the list! I haven't started on any of the chunksters yet, but I will get one in this month, for sure! :)

  47. Lotus,

    Yep, quite a list! I need a trip to the library or coffee store so I can bop around and visit everyone, myself.

    My chunkster's taking forever. I got back to it, last night, but I didn't read very far before getting sleepy. I guess that's positive, though. I'm not having to take Ambien to sleep - I just crack open the chunkster and my eyes are drooping in no time. LOL

  48. Just finished my first Chunkster, "Atlas Shrugged." Do you want us to report in? Here's the link to my review:
    BTW, I love this challenge. I haven't read a huge book for a while.

  49. Maggie,

    Thanks, you're a sweetie. :)


    I guess I need to just post a note saying that I'll ask everyone to chime in when the end is near, since I'm too scattered to keep track for the full 6 months. Thanks, though. I'll check out your review tomorrow. Right now, I think I'm about to bathe and crash. We've had a long couple of days - fun, but tiring. :)

  50. Oops! I can see that I signed up, but didn't leave my blog. What a goober.

    I'm J, at The blog is called Thinking About...

    Thanks again!

  51. Straggler here - just found out about Chunkster Challenge. Please add me. I'll do Bleak House, and post my list asap.

    Ann Marie

  52. J,

    I tried to leave a reply ages ago and then forgot - sorry! I've updated to show everyone where to find you!

    Ann Marie,

    Aw, shucks. It's so hard being a sucker. Of course I'll add you. Bleak House is one I hope to get to some day. First, Great Expectations, though. :)

  53. My apologies - i've just started a book blog and found your challenge. I don't know if you're STILL letting in stragglers, but I do want to do it. i put up a link from my site, and i'll play along even if i'm not technically on the list. i know it gets annoying to keep adding, i'm sure!

  54. Jessica,

    No problem - I've just added you. I had a really great childhood so I'm nice, you see.

    I love both of your blogs, although it's taken me about 25 minutes to try to load In search of dessert (because of all the photos, I guess). I'm rather partial to the cat photos and extremely envious of your expat life. :)


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