I'm participating in the 2021 Big Book Summer Challenge!
I am excited to announce that I am participating in my very first reading challenge! I don't normally do reading challenges, and I'm not planning particularly to do more in the future. But I was happy to participate in the 2021 Big Book Summer Challenge hosted by the excellent #IMWAYR blogger Sue Jackson at Book by Book!
The rules for this challenge are simple: read at least one book before Labor Day weekend that is at least 400 pages long. Other than that, you're free to set your own guidelines, which I will now do! I have four big books waiting on my bookcase, and though I am not 100% confident I can get through all four this summer, I do plan to read:
– At least ONE of the Really Big Books listed below, and...
– At least ONE of the Slightly-Less-Big Books listed below!
So let's see what these books are!
The Really Big Books:
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
A YA prose novel (544 pages)
My mother recommended this book to me, and if there's anything I've learned about my mother's book recommendations, it's that I need to stop ignoring them! So I'm looking forward to trying out this incredibly-lengthy (with small font, I might add) historical-fiction novel, which has apparently received a Stonewall Honor!
I first heard about this book from Ari at Books. Libraries. Also, Cats, and it sounded like a great read! It is also historical fiction—I'm not sure why I have so many gigantic historical fiction books, but I do, so... This one definitely sounded like a great read, and it has apparently been very popular (I recall Bookshop.org having it on backorder), so I'm looking forward to it as well!
The Slightly-Less-Big Books:
Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz
An MG verse novel (544 pages)
This is a novel in verse, so the pages are a bit shorter (although I flipped through it, and they're not much shorter!). But either way, 544 pages is plenty over the minimum for this challenge, so I'm including it. This book is also historical fiction—I'm not sure why I have all these incredibly long historical fiction books, since I almost never read historical fiction in the first place! But this one did sound excellent—I saw a recommendation for it by the wonderful Linda Baie at TeacherDance, so I'm excited to try it out!
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
A YA graphic novel (544 pages)
Is Amazon's page counter broken? Because 3 of these 4 books are exactly 544 pages long. That's weird. But I did check my hard copies, and these numbers are roughly correct. I realize that this book is a graphic novel, and those obviously take less time to read—but (a) the challenge rules specifically permit graphic novels (so there!), and (b) this one is literally 544 pages long, clocking in as the longest graphic novel I own. So I think it counts! And this is not historical fiction—it is actually science fiction, and also possibly realistic fiction. If it's anything like Walden's book Are You Listening?, I'm sure to love it!
So that's what I've got for this challenge! I feel like adding a disclaimer in case my life falls apart that I could utterly fail at this challenge—but I'm definitely going to try not to, and I think this challenge is the push I need to get some of these enormous books read! As I review some of these books over the summer, you can click here to see a list of the reviews as I post them. And don't forget to check out the challenge rules over at Book by Book in case you want to join! See y'all throughout the summer with some big book reviews!