Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2014 Big Book Summer Challenge: Written in My Heart's Own Blood

I heard about the 2014 Big Book Summer Challenge on the Book by Book blog, and immediately thought that I should sign up for it in order to motivate me to start Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth.  And then I remembered that the next book I wanted to start with Written in My Heart's Own Blood, the latest (last?) in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

It's a remarkably easy challenge:
  • Anything over 400 pages qualifies as a big book. - both Testament of Youth and the Gabaldon definitely qualify!
  • The challenge runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend - I'm getting a late start but I won't let that slow me down.
  • Choose one or two or however many big books you want as your goal.  - 1 is my goal, 2 is my stretch goal.
  • Choose from what's on your shelves already or a big book you've been meaning to read for ages or anything that catches your eye in the library - technically both were on my shelf when I decided to do the challenge, though WimHoB just recently landed there :)
  • Sign up on the links list below or on the 2014 Big Book Summer Challenge page.
  • Write a post to kick things off - Voila!
  • Write a post to wrap up at the end, listing the big books you read during the summer.
  • You can write progress posts if you want to and/or reviews of the big books you've read...but you don't have to!  
I'm not much for the pool or beach so here's my image of ideal summer reading mode...


  1. Welcome to the Big Book Summer Challenge, Jane! So glad you decided to join in the fun!

    I read Outlander two summers ago for the challenge - great choice and plenty BIG!

    Enjoy your big books this summer-


    2014 Big Book Summer Challenge

  2. Looks to be a great and fun challenge. I am so bogged down and moving so slowly in my reading. Too much work!

    I love your picture. While I do like beaches that looks like so much of a better place to read.

    have fun with the challenge!

  3. I am working so hard to turn down all review dates for August so I can devote it to a second chunkster. Now to decide which one!