I’ve wound up a good number of challenges over the last couple of weeks and I’ll be finishing a few more before the end of the year. I’ve done the reading, now I just need to do a bit of writing. But there are four that I have to admit now that I have failed:
Hosted by Michelle.
It should have been simple – 10 books from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die lists. But I only got to 2:
- Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
I was seduced by another list.
Hosted by Jennie.
Back on 17th January the first installment of 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read arrived in our house in the form of a supplement with the daily paper. It was great fun to go through the list picking out the books I’d read, the books I wanted to read, the books I’d never heard of and weighing up the rights and wrongs.
Six more supplements, each with a different theme, arrived over the course of the week. The full set was:
17th January – Love
18th January – Crime
19th January – Comedy
20th January – Family and Self
21st January – State of the Nation
22nd January – Science Fiction & Fanatasy
23rd January – War & Travel
It was a great list and the challenge of 10 books should have been easy. There are lots I want to read but right now I’ve only made it to five:
- Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
- South Riding by Winifred Holtby
- The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmond Crispin
- The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski
- Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark
I was distractred by too many great new books and too many other challenges.
Hosted by Jenn.
12 books from a fixed list. I did read a lot of books from my TBR, just not the ones I’d listed.
I read five from the list:
- Invitation to the Waltz, by Rosalind Lehmann
- The Dancers Dancing, by Ellis Ni Dhuibhne
- South Riding, by Winifred Holtby
- How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff
- A Time of Angels, by Patricia Schonstein
And I ditched two that I didn’t think were ever going to speak to me:
- Descent, by Sabrina Broadbent
- Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse
The others are still waiting on the shelves.
Hosted by Gina.
A book for each season was a lovely idea. I picked a list and decided to read each one in its own season. But it just didn’t happen. I missed the first one and I never really got going.
So what have I learned?
That I need to be just a little bit selective.
That I must remember that I will want to read some books that don’t fit any of my challenges.
That other events and challenges will present themselves as the years goes along.
AND THAT I LOVE READING CHALLENGES !!!
I too need to be more selective but they all call to me!!!
At least you gave it a try. Better luck next time.