Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sping Reading Challenge: Final Report

It's the final report for the Spring Reading Challenge posted over at Callapidder Days. I didn't finish my entire list, but I did get a lot more done than I thought I would, especially when I got an unexpected full-time job. But that's okay, since I'm finishing my list during the Summer Reading Challenge (more on that later). So without further ado, here's my final and last wrap-up on Spring.

What was the best book you read this spring?

To be honest, this is a HARD one for me to choose. I read so many good books, and choosing one is like choosing a favorite child. However, that aside, I'd have to choose Terrier (Beka Cooper) by Tamora Pierce. She's still one of my favorite authors.

What book could you have done without?

Hmmm... probably Flight Volume 1. It just wasn't as good as the third volume, which is why I decided to read it in the first place.

Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?

Actually, there were quite a few new authors in there, mostly because I choose books mostly (though not entirely) based on content, not the author. I think the one I probably will read again based entirely on author was Arina Tanemura, who wrote the Full Moon O Sagashite series (which was amazing, by the way).

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 only about 3 books I didn't finish because I decided I had more important (and exciting) things to read. I also ran out of time, but I think that was mostly because my list was so long in the first place. To tell the truth, I didn't really expect to get everything done as soon as I started adding all those books in May. :-)

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?

Unfortunately, I've been so busy I haven't had time to keep up with most other's blogs. There's been a few I definately want to look at, but I need more time to look through everyone's posts still.

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 did get much more reading than I thought I would done, which really surprised me. I think I proved I can read as much as my brother now! :-)

What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing?

Honestly, it gave me a fair excuse to read. "Can't do the dishes Mom, I'm in the middle of a Challenge..." Okay, so maybe not, but I did enjoy the goal, even if I didn't make it all the way.

Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?

You bet! Can't wait for it... to the point that I'm doing one for summer too.

And here's the final book count! See you at the summer challenge!

Books I’ve finished
Travels of Thelonious (Fog Mound, the) by Susan Schade and Jon Buller
The Phantom of the Opera: The Original Novel by Gaston Leroux
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Alena and the Favorite Thing by Eric Anderson
Totally Spies #3: Evil Jerry by Marathon Team
Flight Volume 1 by Various
Dancing with Dragonflies by Jack Francis Gorfien
A Boy's First Diary by Glenn K. Currie (This was both added and finished this week)
Peace I Ask of Thee, Oh River by Lyda Phillips
The Hardy Boys #6: Hyde & Shriek (Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers) by Scott Lobdell and Daniel Rendon
Prairie River 2: Grateful Harvest by Kristiana Gregory
An Acceptable Time by Madeline L’Engle
Pretty Pretty by KC Oliver
Full Moon O Sagashite 1 by Arina Tanemura
Full Moon O Sagashite 2 by Arina Tanemura
Full Moon O Sagashite 3 by Arina Tanemura
Terrier (Beka Cooper) by Tamora Pierce
Oh My Goddess! Volume 21 by Kosuke Fujishima
Oh My Goddess! Volume 22 by Kosuke Fujishima
Oh My Goddess! Volume 23 by Kosuke Fujishima
Oh My Goddess! Volume 24 by Kosuke Fujishima
Clique #6, The: Dial L for Loser (Clique Series) by Lisi Harrison
Winter Tidings (Prairie River, Book 3) by Kristiana Gregory
Full Moon O Sagashite 4 by Arina Tanemura
Saint Tail #5 by Megumi Tachikawa
Saint Tail, Book 6 by Megumi Tachikawa
Saint Tail, Book 4 by Megumi Tachikawa
Barbarian (Sons of the Dark #1) by Lynne Ewing
Princess School #06: Apple-y Ever After by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens
Princess School #07: Thorn In Her Side by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens

Still Reading
Star Baby (Hollywood Daughters, No 1) by Joan Lowery Nixon
Into the Cold Fire (Daughters of the Moon #2) by Lynne Ewing
Public Enemy Number Two (Diamond Brothers Mysteries) by Anthony Horowitz
Missing Persons #1: Rose Queen by M. E. Rabb

Didn't Get To (and still TBR)
Flight Volume 2 by Various
Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Magic Medallion (Cynthia's Attic) by Mary Cunningham
Night Shade (Daughters of the Moon #3) by Lynne Ewing
Secret Scroll (Daughters of the Moon #4) by Lynne Ewing
Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon by Lisa Papademetriou
Vidia and the Fairy Crown by Laura Driscoll
In the Realm of the Never Fairies: The Secret World of Pixie Hollow by Monique Peterson
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace by Mary Janice Davidson and Anthony Alongi
A Matter of Profit by Hilari Bell
Allie's Journey by Veronica Janczuk
Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson
The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
Hope's Crossing by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
The Legend of Lady Ilena by Patricia Malone
Lost: A Novel by Gregory Maguire
Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins
May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson
My Alien Penfriend by Faiz Kermani
My Lady, Pocahontas by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur by Jane Yolen
Water Shaper by Laura Williams McCaffrey
The Whispering Road by Livi Michael
The Wizard Test by Hilari Bell

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Nise' said...

I loved Secret Life of Bees and recommend it quite a bit! Great job on the challenge!

Katrina said...

Great job on your list -- you really read a lot! So glad you plan on joining the fall challenge, too!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

You are doing a good job of keeping up with books read and TBR. I always forget, "Oh yeah, I wanted to read that one." Challenges are good for that.