I only finished 3 books in December but it was still a pretty successful month as I now have a definite interest in reading Kawabata and other Japanese authors I haven't gotten around to yet, and I overcame my previous, slightly negative, impression of Alice Munro. Since I rated these 3 books the same, I can't really choose a favourite or least favourite among them.
Books completed in December:
49. Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
50. The Dancing Girl of Izu and other stories - Yasunari Kawabata
51. The Love of a Good Woman - Alice Munro
I also started Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell in December but I didn't finish it until January so I'll count it as a 2008 read.
Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
Most of the challenges I was in finished at the end of December and unfortunately I didn't complete several of them. Of course I've already joined a few new challenges for 2008, which last all year, that I hope I'll have better luck with.
Challenges that ended in December:
2nds Challenge: COMPLETED!
TBR Challenge: Finished 6 out of 12.
Japan Challenge: Finished 9 out of 12.
Fall Into Reading Challenge: Finished 2 out of 5.
O'Canada Challenge: Finished 4 out of 12.
Challenges carrying over to 2008:
Japanese Literature Challenge: 2 done, 1 to go (by Jan. 31st)
Book Awards Challenge: 3 done, 9 to go (by June 30th)
New Challenges for 2008:
My Year of Reading Dangerously: 12 books
What's in a Name?: 6 books
Reading Jane Austen: 2 books or movies
Reading Goals for January:
First, to read a couple more Japanese authors for both the Japanese Lit Challenge and the What's in a Name Challenge. Then A Tale of Two Cities, my choice for My Year of Reading Dangerously.