Thursday, June 21, 2007

Spring Reading Challenge Wrap Up


Well all good things must come to an end. And the Spring Reading Challenge is now over. How'd I do? Well I read all the books (31) on my list (minus one exception) PLUS 17 more for a grand total of 50 books in 3 months!!!!!

Here's a list of the books I read:
  1. Miss Invisible by Laura Jensen Walker
  2. The Perfect Match by Susan May Warren
  3. Scenes from a Holiday by Laurie Graff, Carrie Lissner, and Melanie Murray
  4. Moonglow by Peggy Darty
  5. Confessions of an Ex-Girlfriend by Lynda Curnyan
  6. A Dime a Dozen by Mindy Starns Clark
  7. A Time to Love by Al and Joanna Lacy
  8. Promises by Peggy Darty
  9. See Jane Date by Melissa Senate
  10. Tangled Web by Shirley Brinkerhoff
  11. Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh
  12. Courting Trouble by Deeane Gist
  13. A Quarter for a Kiss by Mindy Starns Clark
  14. Denim Blue by Melody Carlson
  15. When the Storm Breaks by Bonnie Leon
  16. Love Me If You Must by Nicole Young
  17. Something Beyond the Sky by Siri Mitchell
  18. Death of a Garage Sale Newbie by Sharon Dunn
  19. Kingdom Come by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins
  20. Earthly Vows by Patricia Hickman
  21. Second Choices by Shirley Brinkerhoff
  22. The Tender Flame by Al and Joanna Lacy
  23. Miss Match by Erynn Mangum
  24. Landon Snow and the Shadows of Malus Quidam by R.K. Mortenson
  25. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling by Neta Jackson
  26. The Buck Stops Here by Mindy Starns Clark
  27. Memories by Peggy Darty
  28. These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking by Melody Carlson
  29. On Assignment by Marilyn Kok
  30. Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher
  31. Good Times, Bad Boys by Melanie Murray
  32. Slightly Single by Wendy Markham
  33. Without a Trace by Colleen Coble
  34. What the Cat Dragged In by Gilbert Morris
  35. The Potluck Club Takes the Cake by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson
  36. Crazy Hot by Melissa De La Cruz
  37. What I Really Want to Do Is Direct by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
  38. In All Deep Places by Susan Meissner
  39. Where Mercy Flows by Karen Harter
  40. It’s Not Easy Being Mean by Lisi Harrison
  41. The Remedy for Regret by Susan Meissner
  42. Blessed are the Merciful by Al and Joanna Lacy
  43. Let’s Meet on Platform 8 by Carole Matthews
  44. The Funeral Planner by Lynn Isenberg
  45. A Window to the World by Susan Meissner
  46. The Cat’s Pajamas by Gilbert Morris
  47. Mean Season by Heather Cochran
  48. Dangerously Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  49. Bachelor’s Puzzle by Judith Pella
  50. Bottom Line by Kimberly Stuart
GAVE UP:
Strapless by Leigh Riker (This book was nothing more than a trashy romance novel disguised as chick lit. I only read five chapters and then gave up.)

  • What was the best book you read this spring? That's a toughie, I can only choose one? Fine, Miss Invisible by Laura Jensen Walker. One of the best chick lit books ever.
  • What book could you have done without? Ugh, Strapless. There's a reason why I stopped reading it. Nothing but unreal sex scenes and men fantasizing about pregnant women. Horrible horrible book. Under false pretenses trying to pretend to be chick lit. Avoid at all costs.
  • Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again? Tons of them! Almost half the books I read was a new author. I definately liked Erynn Mangum, Kimberly Stuart, Tamara Leigh and Susan Meissner. I liked Susan Meissner so much I read 3 of her books!
  • If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it? The only book I didn't finish was Strapless and that was my choice not to finish. If a book does not gel with me after 4 chapters I will give up. This time I could barely make it past two.
  • Did you come across a book or two on other participants' lists that you're planning to add to your own to-be-read pile? Which ones? Enjoyed seeing all the other Christian fiction books on other TBR lists. Makes me want to go back and reread them again.
  • What did you learn -- about anything -- through this challenge? Maybe you learned something about yourself or your reading style, maybe you learned not to pick so many nonfiction books for a challenge, maybe you learned something from a book you read. Whatever it is, share! I found that I enjoy the Red Dress Ink chick lit books very much. I own a bunch but had been putting off on reading them. The challenge forced to finally pick one up and read it. I ended up reading 5 of them and enjoyed them very much.
  • What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing? I read all my library books that I had kept putting off. So I got them all done with no fines to pay!
  • Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall? Definitely. Will keep me straight on another library book pile. It's already starting to pile up again. Lol.
  • Any other thoughts, impressions, or comments. Thanks for hosting this Katrina!!!! Can't wait til fall!

14 comments:

  1. Wow--I thought that I read a lot, but you blew me out of the water. Great work!

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  2. What a list!! Very impressive & some titles I need to take a look at.

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  3. Wow - 50 books. I'm very impressed! And I agree with you about dumping books with all that garbage -- why do they even do that? Thanks for participating!

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  4. You did great! I can't imagine reading that many books in 3 months.

    Good job!

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  5. Deborah, I also love the Red Dress Inc books. Love them. I also read a rubbish book posing as chick lit this time.

    My word - 50!!!!

    I finished 16

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  6. Fabulous Dahling! I will have to save your post as a favorite so I can boost my summer reading.

    "I read all my library books that I had kept putting off. So I got them all done with no fines to pay!"

    That's FUNNY ;)

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  7. Fifty? I'm speechless. Will definitely have to return once I'm making that fall challenge list...

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  8. Wow, I am impressed! And I thought I read a lot! I agree about trashy books -- no sense filling our brains with such.

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  9. Review, review, review please!

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  10. Yowser! What a list.

    I love Susan Meissner. Her fiction is just so real.

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  11. That's a lot of books. A really lot. Great job!

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  12. Excellent effort, Deb :) I'm with Cee Cee - LOL!!!

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  13. Thanks for posting such a great list! There are many books that I would LOVE to read so I've added them to my own TBR list. I can't wait to read about the rest of the books you choose to read!

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  14. Deborah - all I can say is WOW!!! *grin*

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