I also started listening to The Pickwick Papers on audiobook -- it's 25 discs, more than 32 hours of reading!! The print copy from the library is about 800 pages of teeny tiny print. My commute to work is pretty short so I've barely getting started. I'm keeping track of my progress with a print volume, but I've only completed about 120 pages worth so far.
That being said, I thought that was a pretty good excuse to sign up for the Chunkster Challenge. The rules are extremely flexible -- there is no minimum amount of books required, plus audio is okay. I think the only requirement is that the book be at least 450 pages. You don't even have to have a blog!
Just for fun, though, I decided to make a list of some of the Big Fat Books from my TBR shelves I'd like to complete this year. I've narrowed the list to an even dozen, since I think that's pretty manageable. Besides my two current reads, I'm also including books that are still on my Classics Club list.
1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (782 pp) . It's slow, but it's just wonderful. I'll be sad when it's over.
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. (801 pp). One of the last works by Dickens on my to-read list. However, I'm kind of underwhelmed by it so far. I haven't given up though.
3. No Name by Wilkie Collins. (748 pp). I can count this as the 19th Century Classic in the Back to the Classics Challenge.
4. Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell (528 pp). This can count as the Classic by a Woman Author.
5. New Grub Street by George Gissing (576 pp). I read The Odd Women by Gissing a few years ago and really liked it. I'm trying to expand my knowledge of Victorian writers beyond Dickens and Trollope.
6. A Dance to the Music of Time (First Movement) by Anthony Powell (718 pp). This one is actually an omnibus of three shorter novels. Also, the margins are really wide, so I don't think this one will take that long. Can count it as my 20th Century Classic.
7. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson. (556 pp). Another omnibus. This was one on my TBR Pile Challenge list back in 2013, and I never did get to it.
8. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope. (794 pp). Volume 3 in the Pallisers series. Of course, before I read it, I'll have to read:
9. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope (752 pp). Volume 2 of the Pallisers! I loved Can You Forgive Her? so I'm really looking forward to this one. Could also count this one for the Name in the Title category.
And to make it an even dozen from the TBR shelves:
10. All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard (592 pp). The final volume in the Cazalet series. I read the first four in 2014 so I'm looking forward to this one, though I'll be so sad when I've finished it.
12. The Quincunx by Charles Palliser (787 pp). This one is almost 800 pages of tiny print, and it's another big fat historical novel -- this one's set during Victorian times, so it might be just the thing after I finish Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell -- unless I decide to read a bunch of short books first.
So tell me, bloggers -- has anyone else signed up for the Chunkster Challenge? Which big fat books do you want to finish in 2015? And am I completely insane to read two 800 page books at the same time?