Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Final Spring Reading Thing Report

Well, time to officially say goodbye to spring, and post a final report on my Spring Reading Thing Challenge. Katrina at Callapidder Days hosted the challenge and I'd like to say thanks very much to her for doing so! I had great fun participating and loved having a good excuse to read lol. Here are some questions suggested by Katrina:
  • Did you finish all the books you had planned to read? If not, why?
    Do you think the challenge helped you read more? Or maybe helped you read books you otherwise wouldn't have?
    What was your favorite book you read this spring? Least favorite?
    Did you discover any new authors or genres that you now love?
    What did you learn about your reading habits or interests?
    Are you interested in another "Fall Into Reading" challenge this fall
I did not finish all the books from my list. I had 18 on my list and have 3 I didn't finish. I started The Seventh Unicorn and just never could get into it! I wanted to read the Time Traveler's Wife, but my library never had it in. :( And I just ran out of time and didn't get to Girl From the South.

The challenge definitely helped me read more, and helped me read books I probably wouldn't have. Making a concrete list and posting it for all to see (including myself lol) kept me motivated and organized. So often, before, I would acquire books and put them on my shelf to read, then get sidetracked by a new book from the library, or bookstore, etc. Having this challenge really helped me keep on track and actually read more.

I hate choosing favorites...I like so many things! But my favorite from this challenge would have to be Life of Pi (Peony in Love a close second.) My least favorite was Middlesex. The one I was most surprised at was Oh My Stars. I expected it to just be an ordinary kind of read, and it turned out to be quite involving.

I can't say I discovered any new genres or authors that were new to me.

I learned that my reading habits definitely fluctuate. Some days I just want a light read, others I want something engaging. Sometimes I'll read every day for weeks, and sometimes I just stop for a few days. And yes, I am already looking forward to a Fall Reading Challenge lol!

Thanks again to Katrina for hosting this. To see my original list with links to reviews go here.


  1. The accountability aspect is definitely a great motivator for me too! This time around the challenge really helped me keep on track with my reading and finish a lot of books I had started.

    I could not get into the Life of Pi but I read Snow Flower and the Secret fan and loved it (same author of Peony in Love).

  2. Looks like you did a great job, Julie! Life of Pi is definitely on my "want to read" list.

  3. I agree--it's nice to have different books to read according to your mood.

  4. I was so shocked by Life of Pi! The story was so convincing that I couldn't get over the last few chapters! It looks like you read some great books!


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