Joining Challenges

I’m participating in reading challenges for the first time.  I read through A Novel Challenge, a wonderful blog, and selected several challenges of interest. So here goes; I’m joining the following:

2010 Chunkster Challenge

What’s in a Name? 3 Challenge

African Diaspora Reading Challenge 2010

2010 Chunskter Challenge

From the hosting blog,

Definition of a Chunkster:

  • A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction)
  • If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more

I will be joining at the Chubby Chunkster level.  This is the first level where one commits to reading 3 Chunksters from February 1, 2010 to January 31, 2011. I will read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (532 pages), The Good Soldier Svejk by Jarslav Hasek (The Everyman’s Library edition of 864 pages) and The Historian (656 pages)  by Elizabeth Kistova.  I might attempt to read The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass again, in which case I will bump up to the level 2.

What’s in a Name?3 Challenge

Beth F is running this challenge. Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, participants are to read one book each with words in the title from the following categories: food, body of water, title, plant, place name and music term.  My pool of books are: 


  • Sugar by Bernice McFadden
  • Sugar and Other Stories by A.S. Byatt
  • Salt by Earl Lovelace
  • Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Body of Water

  • God Dies by The Nile by Nawal el Saadawi


  • Madame by Antonio Libera


  • Tree of Life by Maryse Conde
  • Flower Children by Maxine Swann

Place Name

  • The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte
  • I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde

Music Term (I have yet to find a book that I want to read)

African Diaspora Reading Challenge

Browngirl is hosting this wonderful challenge.  Participants have to read books by writers in Africa and its Diaspora, that is writers in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, South America, Central America and Europe. The challenge runs from January 1 2010 to December 31 2010.  I’m signing up for the Scholar level, which is a commitment to read 12 books.  My current list is:

Stone Virgins by Yvonne Vera (Zimbabwe)

Fledgling by Octavia Butler (US)

God Dies by The Nile by Nawal el Saadawi (Egypt)

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (US)

Myal by Erna Brodber

The Drifting of Spirits by Giselle Pineau (Martinique)

Salt by Earl Lovelace (Caribbean)

Sugar by Bernice McFadden (US)

Lost in the City and other stories by  Edward P. Jones (US)

Quicksand by Nella Larsen

Passing by Nella Larsen



  1. Yay for book challenges! I’ve really been trying to limit the challenges I join because I felt overwhelmed the last two years.

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  2. There are too many lovely challenges out there! I have to restrict myself daily, or otherwise I’ll sign up for every single one of them and fail miserably.


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