I signed up for Megan‘s Winter Reading Challenge that ran from November to February. The challenge was to read 13 books. I read 10 that qualified – I actually read a few more books that had nothing to do with the challenge. Click on titles to link to my book reviews
- 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules. 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush 276 pages 4 stars.
- 10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. Have a Nice Guilt Trip by Lisa Scottoline 288 pages 3 stars
- 10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) in the title. Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen 252 p. 3 stars.
- 20 points: Read a “bookish book”: Prosperous Friends by Christine Schutt 256 pages, 4 stars
- 25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Fantasy, Paranormal genre) 398 pages, 3 stars
- 25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Forever by Judy Blume (Song by Ben Harper) 209 pages 2 stars (I got info on songs and books here)
- 10 points: Read a book of short stories. One More Thing by B.J. Novak 271 pages 4 stars
- 15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 5 stars. 412 pages
- 30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title
- Girls Guide to Love & Supper Clubs, Dana Bate 2.5 stars, 372 p.
- The Sunday Brunch Diaries by Norma L. Jarrett 2 stars, 282 p.
Total Points: 150
Categories I didn’t complete at the end of the challenge
- 15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you
- 15 points: Read a book written by a local author
- 20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title
And now for the 5 things I learned from participating in the reading challenge:
- I’ve always thought I preferred female writers but the books on the list with 4 or 5 stars were mostly written by men. Maybe I’m changing…
- My reading taste is getting more sophisticated. I still read some books that might not be worth my time but I read them more critically and I know what’s wrong with them and I find myself correcting their mistakes when I read. So they feel like research… which leads to lesson #3
- My talent might be in book editing. I love a great book but I also like picking apart a bad one… to a point. Some just don’t seem worth my time.
- I prefer quality over quantity. Although the challenge required that the books be over 200 pages, I could have found some obscure books that fit the criteria and sped through. But I like to lose myself in a good book. Towards the end of the challenge, I thought about forgoing the 400+ pages of 100 Years for a shorter book and easier read that would allow me time to complete the challenge. But I’m glad I made the choice I did.
- Reading is still my all-time favorite indoor hobby. I love movies and internet stuff but give me a comfortable chair and a great book and I could sit for hours. Turns out I haven’t changed as much as I’d like to think.
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