I was – how shall I put this? – a little ambitious in my Big Book literary aspirations for the season.
(So entirely unlike me, I know.)
The challenge, which lasted from Memorial Day to Labor Day, was to get us to read books of 400 pages or more (hence, the Big Book part of the name).
I had grand delusions of reading through this stack of books pictured here. Alas, I only made it through two of these: America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins, as well as And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, by Randy Shilts.
However, what’s summertime for if not for doing some things that we weren’t planning on doing, right? As it turned out, I read a few other books that were over 400 pages that weren’t originally included in my stack (or even on my radar) back in June. And, since this is a summertime challenge and since Sue seems like an easygoing kind of gal, I’m thinking I can substitute these books in. (Links take you to my reviews.)
It’s 3:28 p.m. on Labor Day afternoon and since I don’t foresee myself starting AND finishing a 400+ page book by midnight tonight (I’m ambitious but I’m not crazy), I think its safe to close the books on the Big Book Summer Challenge. Thanks for hosting this one, Sue (and congratulations on your first successful reading challenge)! This was fun.
Same time next summer?
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