31 Dec 2007

Challenges completed in 2007

Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes

The last book for 2007 was fortunately also a GREAT one: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. I want to visit Tuscana - or at least Italy now!

Rest of 2007 book list

This post is a sticky post. Scroll down for newest posts. No longer. All done! :-D

This is mostly for my own sake. A list of the books I've committed to reading before the end of 2007 for one or more of my challenges.
  • Flowers in the Attic (2nds, Fall Into Reading)
  • Noughts and Crosses (Fall Into Reading)
  • Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising 1) (Fall Into Reading)
  • The Big Over Easy (Fall Into Reading, TBR, Baby-Steps)
  • The Stand (Fall Into Reading, Whitcoulls)
  • My Best Friend's Girl (Fall Into Reading)
  • Lords and Ladies (Fall Into Reading, TBR, Baby-Steps)
  • Taken On Trust (Fall Into Reading, TBR, Baby-Steps)
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog (Fall Into Reading)
  • Inkspell (2nds, Bibliography)
  • The Neverending Story (Bibliography)
  • April Fool's Day (Whitcoulls)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (Whitcoulls)
  • (The Last Jew (Jewish Literature) (Postponed until next year)

27 Dec 2007

Books to read...

This post doesn't really have anything to do with my challenges, I just thought it'd be a fun post to do. The photo above is a selection of my books, and the ones within the black circle are the ones I have yet to read... (yes, the left shelf is double-lined... so's the right one, but those books I have read... but I digress.)

I've contemplated completely redoing all my challenges for next year to only use those books, but to be completely honest, I think I'd grow tired of that quite quickly. Besides, if I know myself right, I'll get just as many new ones during the year as I manage to read ;)

I know a lot of the titles are in Danish, so if you want to see exactly which books I'm talking about, click on the Goodreads link at the top of the page, and choose my "to-read-owned" shelf. It ought to be up to date :)

23 Dec 2007

Winter Reading Challenge - DONE!

Now that the Fall Into Reading challenge is over, it's time to start the Winter version - the Winter Reading Challenge, running from December 22nd to March 19th. The rules are the same as for the FIR challenge - you set your own goals.

Again, since it runs for 12 weeks, I've picked 12 books to read. Hopefully that won't tax my already busy reading schedule too much ;)

I've picked the following books to read:
Subject to change if I get completely stuck ;-)

22 Dec 2007

Fall Into Reading 2007 - Wrap Up

The Fall Into Reading Challenge ended yesterday. I'd decided to read 13 books for the challenge - one for each week the challenge covered. It was close, but I managed to finish the last one before the challenge ended. Here are the 13 books I picked with a link to the review of each book at my book review blog.

This was my first challenge, and I have to say I enjoyed the experience. I've never been very structured in my reading, so making a list 3 months in advance and actually sticking to it (even if I did read a lot of other books in those months too) was a novelty to me. I may get tired of it after away and want to resort to my unstructured reading again (especially with all the challenges I've got going for next year... I'll have to remind myself to not be afraid of dropping out if it takes the fun out of reading), but for the time being it's fun!

I was really lucky in that I enjoyed all the books I'd chosen, but think the most pleasant surprise was My Best Friend's Girl - I'd expected a very shallow book, but ended up with one that made me laugh, cry and - most importantly - think.

Lords and Ladies - Terry Pratchett

By finishing Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett, I've managed to finish all challenges for 2007. Now I can get a head-start on those that spand the New Year until a load of new ones start on January 1st ;)

20 Dec 2007

Over Sea, Under Stone - Susan Cooper

I've finished the first book in The Dark is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone. It was okay, but didn't leave me rushing to read the rest of the series. We'll see if I like TDIR any better.

16 Dec 2007

To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis

I found it very difficult to get properly interested in To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, so it wasn't until I was half way through that I got to the point where I couldn't put it down, which is why it took me a lot longer to read than I'd have expected. All done now though, and only missing another 2 books to finish my Fall Into Reading challenge.

15 Dec 2007

TBR Challenge 2008 - DONE

Yesssss!!! The TBR Challenge 2008 is finally up. I've literally been waiting for this for 6 months, as I was too late to join the 2007 one (not discovering it until July, that's fair enough).

The challenge is: In 2008 read 12 books that have been on your 'to-read' list for more than 6 months. I'm going to expand it and say the 12 books HAVE to be books I already own, in order to make a dent in my ever increasing pile of unread-but-owned-books.

There's my list:

9 Dec 2007

My Best Friend's Girl - Dorothy Koomson

I'm having great luck with chick-lit these days. My Best Friend's Girl is yet another in a fortunately growing line of not-shallow-chick-lit. It's very sweet, very sad and very thought-provoking. I highly recommend it.

7 Dec 2007

The Stand - Stephen King

I finally managed to finish The Stand by Stephen King. Very unlike me this one took about 3 weeks to read! Not because it was bad, nor even because it was terribly long (sure 1007 pages is a lot, but I've read that in less time before), but despite liking it it was just a slow read. Anyway, it's done now and I can strike yet another book off my Fall Into Reading list :)