Thursday, November 27, 2008

Herding Cats (tl;dr) Challenge Completed

Well, the end of November is almost here, and that means that Renay's Herding Cats (tl;dr) Challenge is almost over. The idea behind the challenge was first to list 10 books that you've loved. Here are the ones I originally recommended.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Makioka Sisters - Junichiro Tanizaki
3. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
4. How to Breathe Underwater - Julie Orringer
5. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
6. Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright
7. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
8. The Tattooed Girl - Joyce Carol Oates
9. Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
10. The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman (third book in the His Dark Materials trilogy)

And then from all the books that all the participants recommended, to choose 3 to read during the challenge. I only ended up reading one of the books I originally thought I would (Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami) but it's become quite the Master Book List so I had no trouble finding others that qualified and fit my reading mood. So I actually ended up reading 5 books from the list, and they are (click on the title to read my review):

Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Maus I & II - Art Spiegelman
Perfume - Patrick Süskind
Griffin & Sabine - Nick Bantock
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

Best book(s) I read for the challenge?
I actually enjoyed all of the books, which just goes to prove that they were recommended for a reason! But if I had to pick, I'd say Kafka on the Shore, and Maus 1 & 2 would be my favourites.

Book(s) I could have done without?
None. I'm glad I read all of them. I didn't absolutely love Perfume but it was still a very interesting read.

Any new authors? Will I read them again?
Except for Haruki Murakami, the other 4 were all new to me. I'll be reading Murakami again for sure, and I predict that Nick Bantock with be the one I read again the soonest, since I already have more of his books in the Griffin & Sabine series that I'd like to get to soon.

Best thing about the challenge? What did I learn?
Having so many participants meant that there was a wide variety of recommendations to choose from, and the Master Book List is quite fun to browse through. I'd still like to read the books that I planned to read but didn't get to and there are others on the list I'd like to read as well. Plus I still love that button! ;) I'm looking forward to Herding Cats 2: Attack of the Hairballs starting in May 2009. Thanks Renay!


  1. I'm glad you took part! Hope to see you next time. :D

  2. Congratulations on finishing this challenge. The title for next year's challenge made me chuckle. Very clever. I didn't participate but I am going to check out the master list for some recommendations.

  3. I love how you report on the books you've read and your participation in reading challenges. I think I really need to organize your thoughts in a similar way - I may be more successful in completing the challenges I'd like to participate in.

  4. Thanks Renay! It was a great idea for a challenge. I do hope to join again next year. :)

    Booklogged - It's a great name, isn't it? LOL. I hope Renay keeps the list available for us to refer to.

    Heather - Well thanks! I have to keep it organized or I'd have no idea where I was at with the challenges! :P

  5. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I finished it too.

    I love your new header!


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