Thursday, March 20, 2008

Winter Reading Challenge 2008: Recap

When I decided to take part in InkSplasher's Winter Reading Challenge, I really had some doubts that I'd be able to finish the five books I'd chosen in the set amount of time. I'm a slow reader, and really didn't do all that well last year, in the number-of-books-read department. But that was the main reason I wanted to try the challenge – to force myself to read more. And in that, the challenge was a huge success for me.

It also nudged me into reading a couple of books that I wouldn't normally have chosen (especially the Garcia Marquez), and it gave me a reason finally to tackle one or two titles that had been on my "to read" list for a number of years.

The challenge also introduced me to a huge number of interesting books and blogs (and bloggers) that I hadn't known existed. I want to thank Karlene for hosting, and all the other challenge members for taking part – I've really enjoyed reading all the wonderful reviews and I've picked up quite a few titles that I want to check out for my future reading adventures.

Here's a list of the books I read for the challenge, with links to my reviews:

1. Civil To Strangers (Barbara Pym) [See Review]
2. The Concord Quartet (Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr.) [See Review]
3. The Flanders Panel (Arturo Perez-Reverte) [See Review]
4. The Grand Complication (Allen Kurzweil) [See Review]
5. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) [See Review]

If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Civil To Strangers; but then I'm a terrible Pym fanatic. However, I enjoyed all the books and don't regret choosing any of them.

So the challenge of winter is over, spring is here, and now it's time to start a new book! Happy reading, everyone.

1 comment:

  1. Joy,

    Thanks so much for participating in the Winter Reading Challenge. You know, I'm happy if my participants read even ONE book. Heard a statistic the other day that 90% of Americans do not read a single book in a year! So good for you! :)

    I'll be doing a Summer Challenge starting June 20th. Hope you'll join me again for that one.

    Karlene

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