Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Spring Reading Thing Wrap Up

What was the best book you read this spring?
- That is a hard question because I have read a lot of good books this spring. My favourite would have to be 28: Stories of AIDs in Africa by Stephanie Nolen, but I read a lot of good fantasy, historical fiction, and non-fiction this spring. For the Spring Reading Thing, I really enjoyed Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda and Helpless by Barbara Gowdy.

What book could you have done without?
- Sounder, even if it won a Newberry, it did not do a lot for me. Speak, I heard a lot of good things about this book, but when it came time to read it I was not really impressed.

Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?
- I tried a lot of new authors this spring. The problem with me is that I do not read enough old favourites and they pile up! Some new ones: Tracy Hickman, Jim Butcher, Raymond Feist, Alan Alda, Kelley Armstrong, etc.

If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it?
- No DNFs so far this year! I am doing great in that respect!

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?
- Oh, probably. I am always adding books to my list. I need to start writing down where they come from.

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 now that I am not in university reading school books all the time, my level of reading non-fiction books for fun has increased, but my overall reading each month has not changed yet. I am still hopeful...

What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing?
- Reading five books that have been on the TBR pile for longer than I wanted them to be!

Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?
- I am not sure. I would have to see what the challenge was all about and determine if I am joining any others. I cannot seem to do very many at the same time because I get bored and like variety in my reading. If it was as flexible, probably.

Any other thoughts, impressions, or comments.
- Not at the moment. Just, glad that I joined in! If anything I discovered a lot of new blogs through this experience. That's one of the best things about reading challenges.


  1. Great job getting through your list and knocking down that TBR pile a little. Thanks for being part of the Spring Reading Thing!

  2. That's one thing I like about the challenge -- getting to some of those in my TBR pile. Glad you were able to participate!

  3. Thanks! It was fun!

  4. That Alan Alda book was one that caught my eye on your list back in March. I didn't read it, but it's on my list. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Wow, I'm impressed that you don't have any DNFs yet this year. Rock on!

    Alan Alda has a new book coming in September called Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself which I've heard is supposed to be even better than his first one.

    Great job on the challenge!

  6. I recently acquired Stephanie Nolen's book and was hoping to get to it this month, but I really need some lighter reading after the reading I've been doing lately. I am glad to see that you liked it so much.

    I haven't had any DNF's this year either. I hope that holds!

    Congratulations on completing the challenge!


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