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!