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Go Big Or Go Home | Wrap Up 2020

For this year I hosted 2 reading challenges, Turtle Recall and Go Big or Go Home. Of the two I certainly spend the least amount of time on Go Big or Go Home. There was less to really host for this reading challenge. And covid-19 hit all of us hard.

I figured it was time to look back on how I did for my own challenge. If you wrapped up for this challenge as well, please link me or drop a link below and I’ll swing by.

My goal for this challenge was 15 big books and filling in the bingo board I made. I’m not expecting to read anymore big books after Christmas. So lets see how that went.

The Books I Read

  1. Bone Silence (Revenger 3) by Alastair Reynolds | 608 Pages
  2. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland | 752 Pages
  3. The Electric Heir (Feverwake 2) by Victoria Lee | 512 Pages
  4. Shorefall (Founders 2) by Robert Jackson Bennett | 514 Pages
  5. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow | 528 Pages
  6. The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War 2) by R.F. Kuang | 654 Pages
  7. Call of the Boneships (Tide Child 2) by R.J. Barker | 512 Pages

Bingo Board


So clearly I did not manage to complete my goal. I read 7 out of 15 for the amount. And 5 out of 9 bingo boards were crossed off. Not quite a success.

I didn’t really pick up the books I had on my tbr except for a few like The Dragon Republic and The Rise and Fall of DODO. But most of the other books were just review copies that ended up being over 500.

Why this turned out this way? I mean, I tend to avoid big books because they are bricks and I can’t finish them within an afternoon when I have time to sit and read. So it takes a lot of sessions to read them. Which is fine. I’m just not used to that anymore. I’m so used to sitting a morning or an afternoon down and reading a book in one go that it is quite an adjustment.

Did you read books over 500 pages? Does it come easy to you?

5 thoughts on “Go Big Or Go Home | Wrap Up 2020

  1. I like big books but I find that audiobooks are my best bet when tackling a heavyweight. It reduces the chance of me skimming just to get to the end. If I’m reading a physical copy, I need to make a lot of time to go on a reading binge in order to properly appreciate it. I can’t just dip in and out otherwise it takes forever and I start forgetting what happened at the start.

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  2. I was on track with this challenge until COVID hit, haha. I am the same way with big books. I rarely choose to pick up long books and I became even less interested in doing so when everything got shaken up. I read 2/5 for my goal, which is just about the same completion rate as you 😛 Cheers to use for reading ANY long books in 2020!

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