Saturday, June 23, 2012

Spring Reading Thing Wrap Up....

Wow!  I can't believe the challenge is already over.  It flew by for me.  I love the twice a year reading challenges hosted by Katrina @ Callapidder Days.  I'm already getting my TBR pile ready for the Fall Into Reading Challenge.  Sadly, a couple of the books for fall may be ones I didn't get finished this spring.  Thanks, as always, to Katrina for hosting. 
Here's how I did:

  • Did you finish reading all the books on your spring reading list? If not, why not? 

  • I finished 7 of the 10 books on my original list.  I was a little ambitious, especially with a couple of the books I chose being 500+ pages.  I also spent too much time on Words With Friends instead of reading.

    I finished: 
    The Fault In Our Stars by John Green,
    A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley,
    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys,
    Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs,
    Insurgent by Veronica Roth,
    Defending Jacob by William Landay,
    and The Passage by Justin Cronin. 

    I did not finish: 
    The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff,
    The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen,
    and Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran (reading this now--really good!). 

  • Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along? 

  • I pretty much stuck to my original goals until the last few weeks.  I started an audio book (Fall of Giants by Ken Follett) and a Focus on the Family study (Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs) which took quite a bit of time away from my regular reading.

  • What was your favorite book that you read this spring?  

  • I loved The Fault In Our Stars.  It was so well written.  This will not be my last John Green book.  I also really enjoyed Defending Jacob.  I was in the mood for a good legal thriller and this one did not disappoint. Insurgent was also really good. 

    Least favorite? Why? 

    I liked Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, but I did not love it.  I was my least favorite of the books I read this spring, for sure, but I did like it quite a bit. It's a very different, peculiar if you will, book.

  • Did you discover a new author or genre this spring? Did you love them? Not love them? 

  • John Green and Justin Cronin.  I will definitely be reading both of them again.  In fact, I've already bought another Justin Cronin book. 

  • Did you learn something new because of Spring Reading Thing 2012 – something about reading, about yourself, or about a topic you read about? 

  • I learned a lot from Between Shades of Gray (no, not that other shades of gray book!).  I taught American history for 19 years.  I knew quite a bit about WWII, but I had never learned about Stalin's forced removal of the Lithuanians.  The book was really sad, but I enjoyed it very much.  I've assigned it as a summer reading option for the high school students at my school.

    I also learned that I would really like to host a reading challenge. I'm thinking about a challenge where people read books they already own (TBR pile) and no new books are "allowed" to be purchased for the challenge. I may try to pull this together for winter. Let me know what you think.
  • What was your favorite thing about the challenge?

  • I love that everyone chooses what she wants to read and there isn't a book chosen for everyone to read.  I do enjoy challenges like that, but I love the laid back Spring Reading Thing.  It's accountability without the pressure.

    See you in the fall!  Happy summer reading everyone!