Wednesday, December 19, 2007

2007 TBR Challenge wrap-up

I had high hopes of reading the 12 from my main list and then going on to my extra credit list! Ha! I only ended up reading 6 books for this challenge and I'm pretty sure I won't be reading any more in the next week and a bit. Oh well, one, but not the only, of my year long challenges that I didn't manage to finish.

Books completed:
1. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
2. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
3. The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
4. White Teeth - Zadie Smith
5. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
6. them - Joyce Carol Oates

Best book(s) I read for the challenge?
I'd say both The Good Earth and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Although very different, they were both engaging reads.

Book(s) I could've done without?
None really. Even though I didn't like Love in the Time of Cholera as much as I'd hoped, and them was a bit of a slog, I'm glad to have read them.

Any new authors? Will I read them again?
I'd only read Annie Proulx and Joyce Carol Oates before so Pearl S. Buck, Zadie Smith, Susanna Clarke and Gabriel Garcia Marquez were new-to-me authors. Of the six, I think I'm most looking forward to reading more by Susanna Clarke and Joyce Carol Oates but I'd read more by any of them and for most of them I already have other books of theirs on hand.

Best thing about the challenge?
Well, I guess I did get 6 books read from the TBR stacks and I also learned that I'm not great at year-long challenges with a fixed list. Even though all the books on my list are ones I've had for a while and would like to read, my inner moody bookworm didn't like the feeling of being pressured to read them. I'm a terrible procrastinator at the best of times! So except for the Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge I posted about yesterday, I've decided to stay away from year-long challenges with a minimum list of 12 books. But good luck to everyone who is taking part in the 2008 TBR Challenge! I'll cheer you on from the sidelines.

10 comments:

  1. Already read Pearl Buck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Good books. I say.

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  2. I very recently read the Buck and liked it. The Garcia Marquez and Oates are favorites of mine. But when I read the Clarke, I did enjoy it for the most part, but kept waiting for more 'substance,' which never appeared for me -- perhaps that disappointment had to do mostly with the hype I heard beforehand.

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  3. I'm quite fickle when it comes to set lists too but for some reason I can't stop joining challenges now! Next year will be the first time I try those year long challenges so we'll see. Oh but I have said I'll exchange books out so I'm giving myself a lot of leeway. Watch I still won't complete the challenges! ha,ha..

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  4. I'm the same with these year-long challenges. We'll see if I can resist temptation in 2008!

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  5. I loved The Good Earth and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, too. Quite different, yes, but both beautifully written (although the second became a bit long winded for me). I've read half of The Shipping News, which I really want to complete someday. I have Love in The Time of Cholera on order, so it looks like we have quite a few of the same choices. Which doesn't surprise me. Congratulations on completing your six!

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  6. quintarantino- I didn't love Love in the Time of Cholera but I'm glad I read it, and I do plan to read more by him sometime.

    Teresa- Hype is so hard to live up to. To me JS & Mr Norrell was fun and clever but I wouldn't use the word 'substance'. :)

    Iliana- Yes all the challenges I join from now on must be flexible. That's my new personal rule! Good luck with all of yours. We'll have to cheer each other on!

    Les- I knew I couldn't resist them all but I'm trying to be more careful about the ones I do choose. I still have a couple others to post about that seem fun and doable for me. There was a third that I was thinking of but the list for that was starting to make me feel a little stressed out so I decided not to join. I'm getting better!

    Bellezza- Thanks! I guess 6 is still better than none! JS & Mr Norrell was a bit long but it was so creative and fun. Have you read anything else by Buck?

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  7. I hate feeling pressured to read a set list, too. Reading Dangerously will be *it* for me, although I might do my own self-challenge to read some of the foodie books I've got lying about.

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell ought to count as 3 books.

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  8. Nancy- LOL! That would've helped my numbers a bit. :P
    A foodie challenge sounds like fun. Good luck with it.

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  9. You made a good effort, Tanabata! I am in a mad dash to try and squeeze my last two books in. One and a half at this point. I had hoped to get to my alternates too, but I didn't manage that as well as I would have liked. There's always next year.

    I really enjoyed Clarke's book when I read it and hope to read her short story book this next year.

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  10. Wendy- You're almost there! You can do it! Clarke's short story book could've also been on my list of neglected books. Maybe next year for me too.

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