Fall Into Reading 2010 Wrap-Up

Every year, Callapidder Days hosts a reading challenge during the fall season (Fall Into Reading) and during the spring season (Spring Into Reading). You basically just set yourself some goals and try to achieve them! It’s laid back and informal, but kind of fun.

I’ve done it before very casually, but this year I though I’d try a “bigger” challenge and read more books. I basically just read as much as I could – whenever I would finish a book, I’d pick a new one up from my To Read list in my bookshelf, or read my next hold that became available at the library.

For the spring challenge, I think I’ll focus it a bit more, and either limit it solely to reducing my {huge} To Read pile in my bedroom, or focus on reading some of the Classics I haven’t read yet from the BBC list. We’ll see which I choose on March 21st! ๐Ÿ˜€

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FINAL FEEDBACKS
Some great finds this fall: The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton, which I picked up on a whim at Costco because it just looks nice, but it turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read; The Mission of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson, was an uplifting read and provided great discussion among my Bible Study group (granted, it was only FINISHED during the challenge, on Sept. 23rd, so it half counts :P); The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill, which was a selection for my parents’ book club (which never met…) and I wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise (in fact, I didn’t even vote for it, I thought it would not interest me at all, but I like to give each selection a try because I would like others to try my selections too ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but it was actually very good, and my first “nursing” read! ๐Ÿ™‚

I also discovered Sarah Bouchard, which I picked up at the Salon du Livre 2010 – the story was compelling and interesting, I’m looking forward to the sequel – but the book itself had a LOT of typos and mistakes which bugged me a bit (especially considering it was $30…)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which didn’t quite make the finish line, was also quite excellent – I’m planning on reading the follow-up book. It’s not quite a “sequel”, rather, the same building, the same characters, but a different main character/point-of-view. It tells the story of one of the characters that dies in the middle of Elegance. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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LINKS TO WEEKLY QUESTIONS
#1 – Reading Obstacles
#2 – E-books and Digital Books
#3 – Reading & Snacking
#4 – Marking Your Place: Dog-Ears or Bookmarks?
#5 – Do You Read Everything in a Book?
#6 – Favourite Reading Places
#7 – When Did You Become a “Reader”?
#8 – Where Do You Get Your Books?
#9 – Finishing Books / FIR ’10 Update

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TOTAL BOOKS READ: 20

  • The Mission of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson ~ Completed September 23rd
  • The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill ~ Completed October 1st
  • Take the Fight Out of Food, by Donna Fish ~ Completed October 7th
  • My Sisterโ€™s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult ~ Completed October 9th
  • Chat : -), by Nan McCarthy ~ Completed October 9th
  • Connect }:-), by Nan McCarthy ~ Completed October 10th
  • Crash ; -), by Nan McCarthy ~ Completed October 10th
  • The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton ~ Completed October 21st
  • A Wild Affair, by Gemma Townley ~ Completed October 24th
  • An Ideal Wife, by Gemma Townley ~ Completed October 26th
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, by Stephanie Meyer ~ Completed October 27th
  • The Vampire Diaries, Vol. 1: The Awakening & The Struggle, by L. J. Smith ~ Completed October 31st
  • Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood, by Julie Gregory ~ Completed November 12th
  • Out of the Abyss and Into the Light: A Spiritual Journey Through Postpartum Depression, by Katie Wilson ~ Completed November 15th
  • The Vampire Diaries, Vol. 2: The Fury & Dark Reunion, by L. J. Smith ~ Completed November 19th
  • How Good is Good Enough, by Andy Stanley ~ Completed November 20th
  • The Vampire Diaries, The Return, Vol. 1: Nightfall, by L. J. Smith ~ Completed November 26th
  • The Vampire Diaries, The Return, Vol. 2: Shadow Souls, by L. J. Smith ~ Completed December 5th
  • Attraction, by Sarah Bouchard ~ Completed December 11th
  • The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life, by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow ~ Completed December 18th

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BOOKS STARTED BUT DIDN’T QUITE MAKE THE FINISH LINE:

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery โ€“ just short of halfway through (finished on December 27th)
  • Preparing My Heart for Advent, by Ann Marie Stewart โ€“ but only because it’s daily devotions until January 6th, or I would actually be done the book by now!

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MAGAZINES I READ:

  • Todayโ€™s Parents: April 2010, May 2010, June 2010
  • Mothering: May-June 2010, July-August 2010, September-October 2010
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