What was the best book you read this spring? This is always a hard question for me to answer. From this list, I'd have to say The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. But including all the books I've read during this time period, I'd have to say Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller.
What book could you have done without? From this list, Hole in the Sky by Pete Hautman. I thought I would like it much more than I did.
Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again? My favorite *new* author I've discovered this spring is Jeanne DuPrau. I absolutely loved this trilogy: The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood.
If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it? There were ten books that I eliminated from my list within the first week or two. I eliminated them mainly because they were due at the library and had already been renewed one or two times. I had about sixty books out on my card, and I was just too overwhelmed by the library at that time to even think about renewing them again.
Did you come across a book or two on other participants' lists that you're planning to add to your own to-be-read pile? Which ones?
I'm sure I could find a dozen or more if I had the time to look right now.
What did you learn -- about anything -- through this challenge? Maybe you learned something about yourself or your reading style, maybe you learned not to pick so many nonfiction books for a challenge, maybe you learned something from a book you read. Whatever it is, share!
I learned that it is a lot easier to make a long list of books than to actually read a long list of books. Overall, I enjoyed what I read. A few of the titles went a little outside my comfort zone as far as what I typically read, so I learned a little about myself in that way. I had a few dystopian novels, for example, and I learned that I really typically like that sort of thing. But the absolutely most important thing I learned was that challenges are addictive and I cannot say no.
What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing? I would have been reading books anyway. That's what I do naturally. What I liked was the sense of community. I liked feeling like I belonged to something. That was fun.
Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall? Definitely. I cannot say no to a good challenge. I might be more selective (and realistic) in my process of choosing what goes on my list so it isn't quite as overwhelming. But I would definitely want to participate.
Any other thoughts, impressions, or comments. I loved participating in this challenge. I had a lot of fun. I loved discovering other people's blogs. Some I've added to my "favorites" list and I do check them quite often.
- Books Already Completed w/ Reviews Posted
- Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty* (started and finished 3/29/07)
- Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (started 3/26/07; finished 3/29/07)
- Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (started 3/28/07; finished 3/29/07)
- Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (started 3/21/07; finished 3/21/07)
- Dunk by David Lubar (started 3/24/07; finished 3/24/07)
- Bloodline by Kate Cary (started 3/21/07; finished 3/21/07)
- If I Have A Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor (started 3/22/07; finished 3/23/07)
- Ptolemy's Gate (Book Three in Bartimaeus Trilogy) by Jonathan Stroud (started 3/20/07; finished 3/23/07)
- Maude March On the Run by Audrey Couloumbis (started 3/25/07; finished 3/25/07)
- Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson (started 3/23/07; finished 3/24/07)
- Confessions of A Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor (started 3/31/07; finished 3/31/07)
- The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (started 4/1/07; finished 4/1/07)
- Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb (started 3/31/07; finished 3/31/07)
What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones (started 3/28/07; finished 3/28/07)
- Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (started and finished 3/29/07)
- Remembering Mrs. Rossi by Amy Hest (started 4/8/07; finished 4/8/07)
- Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (started 4/6/07; finished 4/9/07)
- Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (started 4/9/07; finished 4/9/07)
- Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (started 4/9/07; finished 4/9/07)
- Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith (started 4/11/07; finished 4/11/07)
- Anatomy of A Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky (started 4/24/07; finished 4/24/07)
- Booth's Daughter by Raymond Wemmlinger (started 4/16/07; finished 4/16/07)
- Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner (started 4/20/2007; finished 4/22/07)
- The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater (started 4/2/07; finished 4/4/07)
- Letters from Rapunzel by Sara Lewis Holmes (started 5/1/07; finished 5/1/07)
- Midnighters: Blue Noon # 3 in Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld (started 4/8/07; finished 4/8/07)
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (started 4/6/07; finished 4/7/07)
- The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau (started 4/7/07; finished 4/7/07)
- Top Ten Uses for An Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro (started 4/24/07; finished 4/24/07)
- Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass (started 4/10/07; finished 4/10/07)
- At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant (started 4/9/07; finished 4/9/07)
- One Naked Baby by Maggie Smith
- Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
- Story of A Girl by Sara Zarr
- What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson (started 4/15/07; finished 4/15/07)
- Rules by Cynthia Lord (started and finished 3/29/07)
- Millions by Frank Cottell Boyce (started 4/1/07; finished 4/1/07)
- Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (started 3/25/07; finished 3/25/07)
- Hole in the Sky by Pete Hautman (started 3/25/07; finished 3/25/07)
- The Black Canary by Jane Louise Curry (started 3/30/07; finished 3/30/07)
- Sunshine by Robin McKinley (started 3/30/07; finished 3/30/07)
- Books Remaining in the TBR pile
- Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan
- How To Be A Baby by Me the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd Jones and Sue Heap
- Duck, Duck, Goose by Tad Hills
- The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats: Introduction and Annotations by Philip Nel
- The Decoding of Lana Morris by Laura and Tom McNeal
- Grief Girl by Erin Vincent
- Would-Be Diary of a Princess by Jessica Green
- Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero by Maureen Fergus
- A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
- Corydon & The Fall of Atlantis by Tobias Druitt
- So Not The Drama by Paula Chase
I did not complete 11 of the titles on my list. However, I did complete a total of 42 books from my list. 42/53 is not bad. Especially considering how many books I've read and reviewed in the past months that were not on my list at all.
There were changes between my final list (see above) and my original list. The original list had a total of 63 books. But in the first two or three weeks, I began eliminating and revising that list. Here are the ten books I eliminated (for various reasons):
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
The Cupid Chronicles by Coleen Murtagh Parator
Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale
The Truth About Sparrows by Marian Hale
Godless by Pete Hautman
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney
Playing In Traffic by Gail Giles
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Keys to the Kindom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix