Bookish Item | Challenging Myself to Read Big Books

I’ve talked about my ‘fear’ of reading big books before and I want to talk about it some more today! While I usually love the big books I read, I also have trouble picking them up haha. They can be so intimidating! I love watching Emily Fox on Youtube and she started doing a big books challenge in 2018 (I think that’s when she started). She puts 12 big books in a mug and picks one each month to read. And I figured why not do something similar?

First I wanted to start in 2020 but if I put it off I might not do it at all! So I went right ahead and picked out 12 big books. They all had to be over 500 pages in my edition. I put them in a beautiful mug and plan on picking out on every month. I might add 3 or 4 more in January, depending on how many I read before then. That way I can try and read all of the books in the mug before 2021! There are some first books in series in there and I might add the sequels later on. I’m super excited to finally read these books and I would love to show you which books I picked out. So let’s take a look!

These are the 12 books I chose for this challenge:

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
502 pages

I was gifted this one last year for a Christmas swap and love the edition I have. The Night Circus has been on my wishlist for quite a while! It’s such a classic and beloved story. I think it will be right up my alley!

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel – A.W. Jantha
521 pages

You might not believe me, but I’ve never watched the Hocus Pocus movie! I do really want to but I think I want to read the book first. It would be weird for me personally to first watch the movie and than read the book right after. This would be a perfect September or October book so I might just pick it out of the mug myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard
544 pages

I really enjoyed Red Queen when I read it years ago. But I was disappointed with the sequel and have been scared to pick up King’s Cage ever since. I also own the finale to this series so I could potentially finish the series in one go! The reviews have been super mixed so this way I’m forcing myself to just try it.

Quests for Glory – Soman Chainani
568 pages

I adored the School for Good and Evil series and was super excited once I found out there was a new trilogy coming in this world. This was another present I have planning on reading ever since I got it haha. The last book in the original trilogy was quite big as well but I loved it a lot so I have high hopes for this one.

Vengeful – V.E. Schwab
575 pages

I already started Vengeful but put it down in favor of something else. However, I obviously want to read it very badly! I really enjoyed what I did read from this one so far and I like everything I’ve read by VE Schwab so far! All 4 or 5 star reads I believe!

The Diviners – Libba Bray
578 pages

I have ย been wanting to read this one for ever!! The synopsis sounds wonderful and I hear so many great things about the series. I believe the last book in the series releases early 2020 so this is the perfect time to hop on the bandwagon!

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
579 pages

The trailer for the tv show looked wonderful so I really wanted to read this series. I got it earlier this year with a gift card but have been to scared to pick it up haha. There are a lot of mixed reviews for the series but I hope it will be something I enjoy.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Laini Taylor
613 pages

Another one I did already start haha. But I was reading too many books at the time and stopped reading this one. I loved the first two books in the series and really want to read this last one soon, before I have forgotten every detail from the first two haha.

De Erfenis van Richard Grenville – Natalie Koch
623 pages

So this is actually a Dutch book! It’s a YA fantasy set at a small university in London. As a Dutchie who’s studied in London herself, this sounds like the perfect setting to me! I think this will be a slower kind of read but I don’t mind that if I enjoy the setting and characters. Excited to find out how I’ll like it!

The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
657 pages

Mistborn is one of those fantasy series everyone either has read or plans on reading. I own the whole series and am super excited to read it. My expectations are super high though, so I really hope it will live up to it!

Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson
676 pages

Another Brandon Sanderson I’m super excited about. And one that I often hear mention as the one you should start your Brandon Sanderson adventure with. Somewhere in the future there will be a sequel but I think Warbreaker doesn’t end on a huge cliffhanger.

Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon
864 pages

I think I own 6 Outlander books and have read the first 3. The audiobooks are wonderful and I’ll probably listen to this one as well. I really enjoy these books but think I can only read about one per year haha.

These are the big books I picked out! Most aren’t huge but I have more to choose from once I make my way through these. And the further we get in some of the series, the bigger the books get haha. Have you read any of these? Or do you want to read any of them? Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Bookish Item | Challenging Myself to Read Big Books

    1. Thank you! Got to hear you loved the Night Circus.
      And yes to that break after Outlander haha!

    1. I think it does depend on the edition, some of them are shorter! And haha, yes the length of Outlander definitely put me off at first as well. The audiobooks also helped me a lot! They’re in parts so it doesn’t seem that long!

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