Thursday, December 02, 2010

I'm Done!

This blog title might sound like my previous one, "I Quit," but they're really not related. What I finished this time is the A-Z reading challenge! I read more than just one book in many of the letters A-Z, but I had not read a book in every letter of the alphabet until I finished my "Y" book tonight.

I read You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers. What a fascinating book! It's a memoir of a woman who grew up in a home with the presence of mental illness, and her struggles, and then what she discovers about herself. So interesting!! It was one of those hard-to-put-down books for me. I love memoirs!

It feels good to have finished the A-Z reading challenge. I really only "cheated" once... on the "J" book. The title had a J in it, so I counted it. Not really cheating, but I was feeling a tiny bit desperate, and tired of the search for a good J. I had started a couple of J books that bored me, so I finally counted one that I was able to finish. It happened to be a so-so book, too, but I was able to get through it.

This challenge caused me to find some really good books I would never have read. Just to find the correct letter, I stumbled across some great ones, including my books in the A (Addition), P, Q, U, Y, and Z categories.

I haven't decided whether or not to do the challenge again in 2011. I could do it again in the same way (by title); I could do author last names A-Z. Or I could just keep a list of what I read as I go along. What do you think would be most fun for you, my blog reader, to follow (or not, as you wish)?

And one more question: does anyone remember who issued the reading challenge? I can't remember, and I would just like to report in that I finished.


Anonymous said...

You read my mind! I Quit and then I'm Done . . . I thought you meant quilting. Whew! Glad to know it was your reading challenge. Congrats on that.

Pattilou said...

I found a list online "Book Club Reading List" and got two books from the libray from that list. I opened 'Water for Elephants' by Sara Gruen and so far I'm finding it very well written. Lots of books to read out there, and I wanted to get out of the "series" books I was getting into. This should be a delightful change for me.

quiltmom anna said...

Hi Carole,
What a fun idea - it would be challenging to find a book that had X in its title- there are lots of terrific books to read and not enough time to read them..
I will have to think about that strategy for finding new things to read or creating a reading list.

Clare said...

I thought you meant you were quitting blogging and was sad for a moment. Then realised what you meant.

Next time round I'd go for the author.

laurie said...

i love book recommendations. i find lists kind of hard to stick to, though. congratulations on your 26 books!