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Top 10 Tuesday 30th July

on July 30, 2019

Welcome back to another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Today is a freebie topic where we can do anything we want. So I decided to go with –

Top 10 Chunksters I Tell Myself I Haven’t Got Time To Read

Years ago, before book blogging, before ARCs and NetGalley were a thing, when I was a poor university student who couldn’t afford food some weeks, let alone books, I enjoyed a chunkster. The more pages, the better. The longer I spent reading it, the more I felt it was worth my investment in it. I read a large number of books up to 1000p. But I’ve noticed a lot these days that I’ll reach for the the smallest book in my pile. That sometimes it’s become about just getting numbers of books read, because I receive a lot for review, because I buy more, my TBR pile is huge and sometimes it makes me feel a bit guilty looking at it. So I read those 300p books because I can knock them over in a few hours and move onto the next one. And the big ones languish on my shelf unread because aint nobody got time for that right now. So I’m going to shame myself into hopefully reading some of these by creating this post, because I’m sure they’re all going to be amazing books, I just have to let go of the idea that I don’t have time for them. I do.

  1. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. 615p. loved the first two books in this series – and I read them for a challenge which I think really pushed me to finally read them (I was pretty late to the party). I bought this when it came out but I still haven’t actually read it yet. Part of it is the size but part of it is because I’m not sure I’m ready for what’s going to happen.
  2. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. 832p. I bought this when it won the Man Booker. I have this love hate relationship with prize winners. I want to like them but I so rarely do. Anyway, this is huge…..I actually picked it up one day, read the first page and went ‘haha, nope’ and put it away again. But I’m determined to get to it one day, to tackle these books that intimidate me.
  3. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. 673p. I have a beautiful hard cover version of this book that I actually picked up in a second hand bookstore about four years ago now. It’s so pretty to look at and I’ve read several other Kate Morton books and I absolutely adore them. She writes such beautifully evocative books, with rich settings and generally quite large cast of characters. I have 2 books of hers I haven’t read yet (and there’s many more I haven’t read and don’t own) and I just need to incorporate them into my challenges so they get my attention!
  4. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. 1456p. Okay so I’ve read relatively little Russian literature in my life, but what I’ve read, I’ve enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. Particularly Anna Karenina. It’s always been my plan to also read this absolute monstrosity and I know there are challenges that run every year that revolve around reading a chapter a day or something. This is on my ‘reading bucket list’ and it’s challenging and intimidating for a lot of reasons. But I still want to do it!
  5. The Seven Sisters The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley. 628 688p. I was sent a copy of the second book for review and then shortly after, the first was free on one of the eBook platforms so I snatched it up. They’re now up to book 5 or so of these 7, so I’m way behind but I’ve heard some really good things about this series and it seems right up my alley with elements of romance and mystery and perhaps a bit of interwoven historical? But because there’s quite a few now, this becomes an even larger investment, time-wise!
  6. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. 720p. I bought this one forever ago now. I’ve heard amazing things about it but people also seem to find it somewhat psychologically traumatising as well, which makes me nervous. Books like that I need to be in the mood for, so not only is it intimidatingly large but it’s also potentially a difficult read emotionally. I want to conquer it though!
  7. Kingdom Of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. 984p. I want to read this, I just have to keep plowing through Tower Of Dawn first because I’m still yet to finish that thing. It’s also large enough to be included on this list but I have actually started it. I made the mistake of reading about 200p just before we moved house. Then we moved and I never picked it up again. I wish I’d just gotten it out of the way.
  8. Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver. 600p. Okay, interesting thing – I have never read a Barbara Kingsolver novel. We own maybe a half dozen and all have been on my ‘really must read these and soon!’ pile for years. Especially The Poisonwood Bible. But yet, I’ve never actually got around to picking any of them up. It’s a travesty.
  9. The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett. 973p. I own a bind-up of the first 2 books (in eBook form, so it’s only 2000p electronically, which is a lot less intimidating than a print copy!) but I’ve never read this series, or even this author actually. They seem quite universally enjoyed and actually I’m not sure how I didn’t read these during my ‘bigger is better’ reading period!
  10. Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. 635p. I really like Hillary Clinton and I thought What Happened was excellent. It really made me want to read her other books. I am sure she has a team of people helping her, but the voice in that book was really engaging and frank and actually made me like her even more than before. She has this book and also one from being First Lady I think, and I’d like to read them both at some stage. I own this one but not Living History yet. Also interestingly, there are so many books on Goodreads about Hillary Clinton that spell her name wrong. I know this because I accidentally spelled it wrong looking up the third book and ended up with nothing by her in the search but a bunch of books on her. How do you write and publish a book about someone and then spell their name wrong in the title? I find it interesting that she’s such a divisive figure – the people that hate her, really hate her and she seems far more controversial than even someone like Donald Trump. I have a lot of thoughts on this but probably best not to get into them in this post!

These are just some of the big chunky books I have on my shelves, demanding my attention. There are many others, over 500p making up the TBR pile! These are just the ones that I really feel like I should be making time for, to stop telling myself, hey you don’t have time to read them, you could read 2-3 books in the time it takes you to read that one book. It shouldn’t be about the numbers of books I can get read, but the sort of books I want to read. I try to keep telling myself that, but sometimes I succumb to the pressure.

I’d be interested to know if I’m alone here or if others feel the same way. Let me know!


14 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 30th July

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    Pillars of the Earth is in my Top 3 All-Time. Plus his other 2 books in the series, along with his Century Trilogy. All 6 of these are amazing. All of his books are good. But these 6 stand out.

    I’m glad to hear that What Happened is good. We just picked up the audiobook.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

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  2. I’d like to read War and Peace at some time too. And Les Miserables. I still read plenty of long books, although I’ve found myself reading some of the long books in fragments. “Hey, this ARC is due for review, so you need to set aside Priory of the Orange Tree until you can finish that one!” That sort of thing.

  3. I shy away from the long books too!! My inner voice tells me that if I could read 2 books in the time I could read that 1 600 page book– and I don’t even know if that’s true. If I LOVE a book, I will fly through it no matter how many pages it has. If it’s a slow book, it takes me a long time to finish it. So I don’t necessarily think my inner voice knows stuff.

    Obsidio should read fast due to the unconventional way it’s written??? I feel like Illuminae was a really fast read anyway.

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    The Pillars of the Earth is an amazing book. It is very long, though!

    My TTT.

  5. damianarose says:

    Just looking at War and Peace gives me anxiety lol That is a huge book!
    My ttt

  6. I only distantly remember Hard Choices….I just know I made it through! And good luck ever trying War and Peace. It’s my Classics Club read for November. O_O

  7. These are the things you buy in ebook – it’s less intimidating than having this giant doorstop of a book sitting on your shelf. 🙂

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  8. Oh gosh the luminaries. I read that and when I finished was so underwhelmed. I remember thinking I read this insanely long book and that’s how the author chose to end it!! Lol I wasn’t happy 😂😂 great idea for your list though 🙂
    My TTT

  9. Marti (Bookish Treats) says:

    Cool topic! I totally get it, there are so many books I really want to read but haven’t, it’s sad. Obsidio was really good though, hope you enjoy it. Great post!

  10. Ahh, I love your prompt for this week TTT! But honestly, we love it thicc yet it just feels so intimidating! I purchased a copy of A Little Life two weeks ago but I guess I’ll not touch it until the next several months? We’ll see lol

  11. RS says:

    “Chunksters.” I love it! Every year, I tell myself I’m gonna have a SMALL # for my reading challenge, and every year I find 97 new stories I want in my brain, so it hasn’t happened yet. But I would LOVE if I could just, like, cut myself off from libraries and the internet for a year or 6 months, and pick a couple of hefty ones (like Kate Morton!) to dig into.

    War and Peace is also a pretty cool challenge goal — I have a friend who did that because of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet; she wanted the full original context so she just challenged herself to read a section at a time and somehow powered through it.

  12. I still need to finish reading Kingdom of Ash. I started it back when it was first released but for some reason it’s taking me ages to do it. Also, The Luminaries has been on my list for a while now too, but I am a bit intimidated by it! Not even sure why I’m intimidated, but here we are, ha!

    Happy reading!

  13. I love your name for them.”chunksters.” I feel like I purposely avoid them because they intimidate me. Or I’ll try to find the audiobook version of it because I’ll be able to get through it easier. I can deal with listening to a book for 24 hours (not straight, but total), but I can’t seem to read a physical book over 500 pages without cringing. It must be because of the college days for me, not sure. Great list 🙂 I hope you end up reading Obsidio. I need to read Gemina first but I also don’t know if I’m ready to see what happens at the end.

    -Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

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