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Yay, the details for the Chunkster Challenge have been posted. I'm once again going for Mor-Bookly-Obese since it was so successful for me this year. I've tagged most of my chunksters (some don't qualify for the challenge, but I personally count any 450+ book as a chunkster) on LibraryThing and I have over 100 to choose from. And my Julie E. Czerneda and Juliet Marillier personal challenge overlaps with this one, so I might get all of my chunksters taken care of with just those two authors.
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The Eye of Night by Pauline J. Alama: This book was amazing. I think it should be obvious by now that I love scarred, disabled, damaged characters, but few authors truly get it when it comes to disability. Alama gets it.

I read mostly for character, not plot, and this book delivered. I loved that the quest plot took a backseat to character development. Hwyn, Jereth, and Trenara, plus all of the supporting characters were real to me.

I always find it difficult to find the words when I love a book. I just know that if Alama had 20 books, I'd be rushing out to get them all and I'd be reading them all right now. I hope her second book comes out in the not-too-distant future and I plan to track down her short fiction.

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I finished both challenges- barely.

I decided to do two other challenges, in addition to the usual 50 Book Challenge. I was going to do the Chunkster Challenge last year but never signed up, although I did read a few 400+ page books. So I've signed up for this year's Chunkster Challenge.
My list:
The Eye of Night by Pauline J. Alama
Path of Blood by Diana Pharaoh Francis
The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain
To Trade the Stars by Julie E. Czerneda

I finished Here Be Dragons!
Here's my list for that:
Dragon Harper by Anne and Todd McCaffrey
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

I've also issued myself a personal challenge over the past few years to finish shorter series within a year of starting them and to read one or more books in bigger series each year. I have so many unfinished series that I actually tagged all of them on LibraryThing so I remember to actually read the books. I'm a bit scared to start new series until I finish off some of my others first unless they are four or less books.


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