Hopefully more ups than downs, but boy are my legs tired.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Fall Into Reading 2010 Wrap-up
Another big thanks to Katrina @ Callapidder Days for hosting this annual challenge. I can't wait to see everyone else's conquered lists. Mine is longer than I expected (mainly because I don't want to read my grad school books--BORING!). Here's my original list.
Katrina asked the questions below of her Fall Challenge participants. I'm happy to oblige. Also, I'm looking forward to the spring challenge. You should give it a go, too.
1, Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list? If not, why not?
I read 3 of the 4 on my original list. I'm reading two that were not on my original list now. I plan to read Sworn to Silence next, but I bumped it for a couple of others along the way.
2. Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?
My goal was set low because of the business this time of year, but I was able to add a couple of books.
3. What was your favorite book that you read this fall? Least favorite? Why?
They were all very different and I liked them all, but I really enjoyed Pearl in the Sand above the others. The story is just captivating and I couldn't put it down. My least favorite is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It took way too long to become interesting. Maybe it was the translation.
4. Did you discover a new author or genre this fall? Did you love them? Not love them?
Tessa Afshar (Pearl in the Sand) is definitely someone I plan to read again. She's a great storyteller. I love historical fiction, but Biblical historical fiction is becoming one of my favorite genres.
5. Did you learn something new because of Fall Into Reading 2010 – something about reading, about yourself, or about a topic you read about?
I learned more about the imbalance and inconsistencies of the U.S. justice system concerning the death penalty in The Confession. I learned a lot about Israelite culture in Pearl in the Sand. I'm still really, really, glad that I wasn't born in the 1300s (World Without End). I've decided to get a bottle tree in my backyard after reading On Folly Beach. And, I sympathized and related to the mother in Her Mother's Hope and want to make sure my daughter feels my love each day because of the relationship presented in that great story.
6. What was your favorite thing about the challenge?
No pressure! It's just for people who enjoy to read at the pace they want to read. I also enjoyed the weekly questions Katrina emailed to the participants. How different people are! I'm looking forward to the Spring challenge. I guess I'll be catching up on my grad school reading until then. Blah!
I was a high school social studies teacher for 19 years and now I am in my 5th year as a high school principal.. I started running a while ago to try to improve my health and make me
feel younger (Ha!). I've run 3 half marathons in the past year and am starting to train for a 4th. I have two amazing children
and a very patient and forgiving husband. I'm
certainly not a wallflower and I run on what my Mom calls "nervous energy". I talk a lot, with a southern accent. I love to read novels and I hope to write one someday. I like to make people laugh. I do most of my shopping online and rarely pay shipping costs. I have no willpower when it comes to buying books,and no shelf space because of it. So, I bought a Kindle and now I have no willpower when it comes to downloading books--it's way too easy. I could stay home for days, and days and never get bored. I have a "black thumb" and am a huge clutz. I could not care less about celebrity "news", but I love to watch tv. I'm as normal as you are, I guess.