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.
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.