The Big Book Weekenders #1 2018

Well actually that is a lie!! I mean I do like them, BUT they scare me!! Really don’t know why that is but it just feels so daunting to pick up a book that feels like a brick and settle down to read it! And that is why my bookshelves are a little overwhelmed with the chunkier’ books that I’ve bought over the years but still not managed to attack..

but help is at hand! All thanks to Simon Savidge of  SavidgeReads who has released a video on BookTube setting up  three Big Book Weekenders which will take place, if you want to join in, on May 4th – 7th 2018, May 25th – May 28th 2018 and August 24th – 27th 2018. The idea is simple, read as many big books as you would like over those weekends. Or just start one you have been meaning to read for ages. And this might be just the kick that I need to be brave and pick up some of the chunksters on my bookshelves!

So I’ve had a quick look and picked out 3 of the larger books that have been sitting staring at me for a while and hopefully I can at least pick them all up at some point over the weekend and start reading them!!! I will face my fears!!

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Paperback, 531 pages

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

Paperback, UK, 784 pages

The most terrifying thriller you’ll read this year

It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.

With her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

Hardcover, 544 pages 

June, 1348: the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in the county of Dorsetshire. Unprepared for the virulence of the disease, and the speed with which it spreads, the people of the county start to die in their thousands.

In the estate of Develish, Lady Anne takes control of her people’s future – including the lives of two hundred bonded serfs. Strong, compassionate and resourceful, Lady Anne chooses a bastard slave, Thaddeus Thurkell, to act as her steward. Together, they decide to quarantine Develish by bringing the serfs inside the walls. With this sudden overturning of the accepted social order, where serfs exist only to serve their lords, conflicts soon arise. Ignorant of what is happening in the world outside, they wrestle with themselves, with God and with the terrible uncertainty of their futures.

Lady Anne’s people fear starvation but they fear the pestilence more. Who amongst them has the courage to leave the security of the walls?

And how safe is anyone in Develish when a dreadful event threatens the uneasy status quo..?


So have you read any of these?! Are you scared of big books too?! And will you be taking part in the Big Book Weekenders – if so I look forward to seeing what big beasts you’ll try to tackle!!



11 thoughts on “The Big Book Weekenders #1 2018

  1. Big books don’t “scare” me but I tend to put them off for longer than shorter books. I think it’s just that beginning something large feels like a commitment, so I want to be in the right reading mood. But some of my favorite books are pretty big.

    I read All The Light We Cannot See. It’s a beautiful book, but not something you pick up when you want something light and escapist.

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    • Think you are totally right about feeling you have to ‘commit’ to a big book so need to be in the right frame of mind! And now I’ve started All The Light I just wish I’d picked it up earlier – am loving it!


  2. I absolutely loved all the light you cannot see. I think a major plus of reading ebooks is its easier to not realise just how big a book is! I didn’t actually realise it was long at all haha

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  3. Totally agree – big books can feel daunting, especially a debut or standalone. But I do remember Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire coming out (636 pages) and The Order of the Phoenix (766 pages) and just thinking ‘Yes! Lots to get your teeth into!’

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