Thursday, June 21, 2007

Spring Reading ReCap

It being the first day of summer, Katrina at Calapidder Days has asked for our recaps on the Spring Reading Thing. My original list found here.

  • What was the best book you read this spring? I cannot choose... loved all of the Karen Kingsbury I read and picking a favorite is near impossible.
  • What book could you have done without? Definitely Lisey's Story. Stephen King just does nothing for me any more. I don't know if it's because I've changed, or he has. But I thought that book was utter crap.
  • Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again? I tried a few... Judy Baer and Lisa Samson. Actually, I had read one of Lisa's books before and didn't like it, but kept hearing too many good things about her books not to try her again. I will probably read both of these authors again, although with Lisa's books, I will probably be able to tell by reading the jacket whether or not the book is a "fit" with me.
  • If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it? I didn't finish 2 of my non-fiction items, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, and Not a Tame Lion. Honestly, it was a lack of discipline on my part; I just kept grabbing the fiction. Call me an escapist.
  • Did you come across a book or two on other participants' lists that you're planning to add to your own to-be-read pile? Which ones? Uh... heck yes! I added them during the challenge, in fact. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is one. And Gardenias for Breakfast by Robin Jones Gunn.
  • What did you learn -- about anything -- through this challenge? Maybe you learned something about yourself or your reading style, maybe you learned not to pick so many nonfiction books for a challenge, maybe you learned something from a book you read. Whatever it is, share! I learned that reading nonfiction is easiest for me when I have someone to talk about it with. Otherwise, I am all about the story, baby! I will definitely not put so many non-fiction on my list next time. Therefore, I underestimated the # of books I could have on my list. I read a couple dozen more than I had planned on.
  • What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing? I liked seeing who else was into the same authors or subjects. And getting to read reviews... just fed my book addiction.
  • Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall? You bet your sweet bippy!
  • Any other thoughts, impressions, or comments. I had a blast participating and hope that next time I write more actual reviews of the books I read. I tend to read so fast that I don't have time to write a review before I'm on to the next one.


Katrina said...

I really like your comment about nonfiction being easier when you're discussing it with someone. That definitely helps me as well. And I'm an escapist too -- given the choice, I grab the fiction. :)

Lisa writes... said...

Mom of four here too, and I love your blog "subtitle". I just don't even attempt to clean anymore--what's the point? :-)

Big fan of fiction also!

Barbara H. said...

I agree, it is much easier to read fiction. And it really does help to have someone to talk over non-fiction with.

I am definitely not a fan of Stephen King, either. I read one Lisa Samson book that I didn't really care for, but, like you, I keep hearing other people just rave about her, so I might give her another try.

I had a couple of Karen Kingsbury books on my list, too -- they are almost always great.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Yeah, I read Lisey's Story when it first came out, because I heard it was supposed to be different. I used to enjoy King (years ago), but while I liked his ability to spin a story, I wouldn't recommend this book or pick up any other S. King anytime soon.

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