Skip to main content

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!


    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!

    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.

    3. Way to go for finishing and going beyond!

      Merry Christmas!

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

    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!

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

    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. :)


    Post a Comment

    Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    Popular posts from this blog

    Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

    This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

    According to Wikipedia:
    The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

    Book Review: No Story to Tell by KJ Steele

    Victoria has been put down since the day she was born. First by her parents who were disappointed that she survived while her twin brother died. Then by her verbally abusive husband and his low-life friends. But soon an intriguing artist named Elliott arrives in town and starts encouraging Victoria to follow her dream of opening her own dance studio. She also begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious someone who gets her to open up about her past and face her true feelings.

    In No Story to Tell, KJ Steele has captured the small-town atmosphere and brought these characters to life. From the victimized Victoria, to her drunk and obnoxious husband Bobby and his drunk and obnoxious friends, to all the side characters who you'd expect to encounter in a town like this ~ all are so realistic in both their actions and their voices. She has written a compelling story of an abused woman who thinks she is trapped in this loveless, miserable existence. But then she finds a spark of hope…

    Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

    Title: I See You
    Author: Clare Mackintosh
    Genre: thriller
    Published: February 21, 2017
    Format: ebook (NetGalley)
    Source: publisher
    Buy on Amazon(affiliate link)

    Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? You will after reading Clare Mackintosh's latest release I See You. Told from the perspectives of two women, one who appears to be targeted by a criminal and the other who is the police officer working the case, this psychological thriller will have you looking over your own shoulder by the end.

    Zoe is a typical working mother who takes the Underground through London to her office every day. Like most commuters, she has a routine that she follows every day, leaving home at the same time, sitting in the same train car, taking the same route to work from the station. It's habit. But she starts to realize this may not be a good idea after seeing her own photo in an advertisement in the newspaper. Another woman who appears in the advertisement is murdered and Zoe starts to ge…