Monday, December 21, 2009

2009 Fall Into Reading Challenge: Final Recap


I started this blog near the beginning of Fall. I had just joined my first reading challenge, the 2009 Fall Into Reading Challenge, and wanted somewhere to keep track of the books I was reading. Today is the last day of Fall, so I thought I'd take some time to answer some questions about the challenge.

Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list?
I did finish all the books, and more! I had signed up to read seven books for this challenge, and I figured it was a pretty conservative commitment. But I never dreamed I'd finish so quickly and read so many more books beyond that! I've actually managed to read eleven books from September 22 through December 21. The seven I committed to were completed a full month before the end of the challenge.

Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?
I stuck with my original goals both in terms of the number of books and the actual titles.

What was your favorite book that you read this fall? Least favorite?
My favorite book was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It was one of my favorites of the entire year! My least favorite was Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles. I just didn't like the format and style of writing. Here's my list with links to my reviews.
  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (review)
  2. Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (review)
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (review)
  4. Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles (review)
  5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (review)
  6. A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar (review)
  7. Crazy as Chocolate by Elisabeth Hyde (review)
What was your favorite thing about the challenge?
This was my very first reading challenge, and I really enjoyed it. I liked that it was a relatively short period of time - as opposed to the challenges that go for an entire year - and that it allowed me to chose whatever books I wanted to read. Most challenges are more focused on a certain genre or author or some other limitation. This challenge was nice because it was just focused on committing to read a certain number of books in a certain amount of time. It was a catalyst to getting me back into reading more regularly, and it was the reason I started this blog, which I'm really enjoying. So I'm very happy I joined this challenge!

Visit Callapidder Days to see what others read during the 2009 Fall Into Reading Challenge!

    7 comments:

    1. I have a couple of your books on my TBR list already, so that confirms that I definitely need to read them in 2010. I enjoyed this challenge too. It's a fun way to keep track of what you're reading and to get more ideas of great books from others. Have a blessed Christmas!

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    2. Good job. I read The Alchemist a couple years back. It was an interesting story. The Help and Catching Fire are going on my wish list. Happy reading and Merry Christmas.

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    3. Way to go for finishing and going beyond!

      Merry Christmas!

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    4. This was my first challenge, too, and I loved how open it was! I'm glad you enjoyed it as well. :-)

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    5. Great job finishing your list and adding more! I, too, really loved The Help -- great book! And Catching Fire -- just like you, I couldn't put it down. Good stuff!

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    6. Great job on the fall reading! I've got to read The Help now.

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    7. Great job getting so many good books read! I loved The Help as well and Potato Peel Pie. I enjoyed reading your reviews and have added a few new books to my tbr list. Happy reading in the new year from a fellow Julie. :)

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