Thursday, August 31, 2006

Summer Reading Challenge - The End

It's the last day of August so the Summer Reading Challenge officially comes to an end. Here are the books I intended to read this summer, and pictured above are the books I actually read this summer.

They are:
Deafening - Frances Itani
Close Range: Wyoming Stoires - Annie Proulx (not pictured)
Peace Like a River - Leif Enger
Flu - Gina Kolata
Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
The Flower Master - Sujata Massey
Geisha of Gion - Mineko Iwasaki
The Fourth Bear - Jasper Fforde
The Floating Girl - Sujata Massey
I Am No One You Know: Stories - Joyce Carol Oates
Black Water - Joyce Carol Oates
Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

I did read 6 books from my original list of 10, plus I read 2 Joyce Carol Oates books as my Bonus read. This last month I just haven't been in the mood for long books, and the remaining 4 from my list were all rather long. Probably why I kept putting them off even at the beginning of the challenge. But especially in August, the heat seemed to affect my attention span so instead I reached for fun and/or short reads that weren't on my list.
I'd rather wait though and read the other books when the mood is right since, as you know, being in the right mood for a book can sometimes mean the difference between loving it, or hating it.

Of the 6 books from my challenge that I did read, my favourite was Deafening, closely followed by Geisha of Gion. None of the books I've read this summer have been bad though so no complaints here.
Thanks to Amanda for setting up the Summer Reading Challenge and inviting us to join her.


  1. Looks like you got through some really good books for the summer which means that you met the challenge despite the end result number-wise. I really want to get to both of those Jasper FForde books sometime, he's a very entertaining writer.

  2. Ooooh, totally cool post, Nat! It's so fun getting to look at a stack of someone else's books!

    You did great on your summer challenge. It really is hard to read during the heat; my reading has suffered, also, for the last 2 months. I do the same thing you do; when I have trouble concentrating, I ditch the thick books and go for skinnier books (or YA novels - lots of white space is also good).

  3. I really liked 'Deafening' as well.

  4. Eeek! I've only read one of these; Peace Like a River. I thought the first half was awesome (loved the little girl - she reminded me a bit of Scout), but it lost a bit of its umph the further along I read.

  5. Carl, thanks. Yes I did enjoy what I read this summer so I guess that's the most important although I do feel some small twinges of guilt for still not reading those last 4 books as they've been waiting for a very long time already. Have fun with the Fforde books.

    Nancy, thanks. The heat totally made me crave fun, light, short reads. (Oates isn't fun and light but short so it kept my brain from completely atrophying on brain candy!) Didn't get to any YA this summer but I do have a few I'd like to read sometime soon.

    booklogged, I'll definitely read her next book whenever it will be published. :)

  6. Les, I completely agree with you about Peace Like a River. Started out great but near the end I stopped believing in the characters. Overall, not very memorable.


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