Hosted by Sue at Book by Book, this has become one of my favorite challenges.
I did pretty well on the Big Book Summer Challenge--all you have to do is read a book over 400 pages.
Here's what I planned and how I did - 3 out of 5 completed by Labor Day!
1. Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens - loved rereading this wonderful early Dickens novel.
2. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck - still reading this, just over half done, and enjoying it so much more than when I was in high school. Definitely a masterpiece and clearly a contender for The Great American novel, and so sadly still pertinent today.
3. Men to Match My Mountains, by Irving Stone - non-fiction, exceptionally interesting, very detailed.
4. Devil's Brood, by Sharon K. Penman - loved this book so much. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, Medieval history is one of my favorite periods to read about, and Penman is the queen of her craft. Immensely satisfying novel about Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, RIchard I, John and so many others.
5. A Dance to the Music of Time, 1st Movement, by Anthony Powell - didn't even attempt it. Maybe next year.
I do like big books, and since I tend to read books in parallel rather than serially, I can spend weeks or months on a book and really feel like I've experienced the book and it will stick with me.