Monday, December 21, 2009

Fall Into Reading Wrap UP

Fall Into Reading 2009

Well all good things must come to an end. And the Fall Reading Challenge is now over. How'd I do? Well I've gone absolutely bonkers this past year and reading WELL over my norm (I'm currently at up to 521 books for the year). I read all the books (33) on my list PLUS 142 more for a grand total of 175 books in 3 months!!!!!

Here's the official list of books (click) I read for the challenge.

Here's a breakdown of the OTHER books that I read during the same time:


Christian Fiction

• A Prisoner of Versailles by Golden Keyes Parsons
• Fatal Deduction by Gayle Roper
• The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren
• Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman
• Bo's Cafe by John Lynch, Bill Thrall and Bruce Nicol
• Red, White and Blue by Laura Hayden
• Love Finds You in Revenge, Ohio by Lisa Harris
• A Gift of Grace by Amy Clipston
• Widows and Orphans by Susan Meissner
• Reading, Writing and Riddles by Jolyn and William Sharp
• The Price of Fame by Carolyne Aarsen
• The Start of Something Big by Sunni Jeffers
• The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall
• Small Town Reality by Carolyne Aarsen
• The Kindness of Strangers by Susan Meier
• Trial by Fire by Cara Putman
• Amazing Gracie by Pam Hanson and Barbara Andrews
• They Also Serve by Pam Hanson and Barbara Andrews
• Things Worth Remembering by Jackina Stark
• Saints Among Us by Anne Marie Rodgers
• Building Bridges by Carolyne Aarsen
• Rosemary for Remembrance by Sunni Jeffers
• The Way We Were by Judy Baer
• Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman
• No Place for a Lady by Maggie Brendan
• An Amish Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Barbara Cameron
• Scoop by Rene Gutteridge
• Watch Over Me by Christa Parrish
• Angel's Den by Jamie Carie
• Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll
• The Jewel of His Heart by Maggie Brendan
• Eyes of Elisha by Brandilyn Collins
• Emily Ever After by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
• Wisdom Hunter by Randall Arthur
• Hot Tropics and Cold Feet by Diann Hunt
• Limelight by Melody Carlson
• Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh
• The Elevator by Angela Hunt
• Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner
• Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris
• Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson
• Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
• Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand
• Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker
• Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford
• Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar
• The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth
• Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck
• Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon by Melody Carlson
• Buried Sins by Marta Perry
• Bad Heiress Day by Allie Pleiter
• Thirsty by Tracey Bateman
• Lost in Nash Vegas by Rachel Hauck
• The Silent Gift by Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelley
• The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
• Simple Gifts by Lori Copeland
• Field of Blood by Eric Wilson
• All the Tea in China by Jane Orcutt
• Rachel's Secret by BJ Hoff
• Chosen by Ginger Garrett
• White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner
• Alaska Twilight by Colleen Coble
• My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer
• Chill Out Josey by Susan May Warren
• Flee the Night by Susan May Warren
• Get Cozy Josey by Susan May Warren
• A Taste of Murder by Virginia Smith
• Caught in the Act by Gayle Roper
• Act Two by Kimberly Stuart
• Hawaiian Sunrise by Lauraine Snelling
• Montclair by Sara Mitchell
• The Sunroom by Beverly Lewis
• Jillian Dare by Melanie Jeschke
• The Quilt by T. Davis Bunn
• The Gift by T. Davis Bunn
• Tidings of Comfort and Joy by T. Davis Bunn
• Grits and Glory by Ron and Janet Benrey
• Leah's Choice by Marta Perry
• The Face of Deceit by Ramona Richards
• A Time to Mend by Sally John and Gary Smalley
• Green by Ted Dekker
• A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist
• A Scent of Murder of Virginia Smith
• Love Finds You in Charm Ohio by Annalisa Daughety
• Reasonable Doubt by Tracey Bateman
• Scared by Tom Davis
• Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston
• The Christmas Lamp by Lori Copeland
• The Hidden by Kathryn Mackel
• Healing Sands by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn
• Demon by Tosca Lee
• Double Jeopardy by Terri Reed
• Love Finds You in North Pole Alaska by Loree Lough
• Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones
• A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
• Double Cross by James David Jordan

Chick Lit

• Easy on the Eyes by Jane Porter
• Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon
• Over the Holidays by Sandra Harper
• Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham
• Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
• The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate
• How Not to Make a Wish by Mindy Klasky
• Five Things I Can't Live Without by Holly Shumas
• The Frog Prince by Jane Porter
• Flirting With Forty by Jane Porter
• Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter
• Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
• Recipe for Scandal by Debby Holt

YA

• Fashionista by Micol Ostow
• A Little Help From My Friends by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
• The Alphas by Lisi Harrison
• What Matters Most by Melody Carlson
• The Chic Shall Inherit the Earth by Shelley Adina
• Love the One You're With by Cecily Von Ziegesar
• The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
• Sister of the Bride by Beverly Cleary
• Jean and Johnny by Beverly Cleary
• Ninth Key by Meg Cabot
• Reunion by Meg Cabot
• Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot
• Haunted by Meg Cabot
• Twilight by Meg Cabot
• The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary
• Petty in Pink by Rachel Maude
• Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick
• Charmed and Dangerous by Lisi Harrison
• Duplikate by Cherry Cheva
• Secret Society by Tom Dolby
• I Will Always Love You by Cecily Von Ziegesar
• Splendor by Anna Godbersen
• Devious by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Other Literature

• Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith
• The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
• The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Children

• Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Memoir

• Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
• Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine


What was the best book you read this fall? Honestly at this point, I really cannot pick just one..or even a few. Come back on 12/31 for my year end review!

What book could you have done without? Wisdom Hunter by Randall Arthur was just God-Awful preachy. and the writing was really bad too. Definitely not something I would recommend.

Did you try out a new author this fall? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again? Oh gosh yes. I read TONS of new authors. Except for Randall Arthur, I would recommend them all and will probably try to find all their other books, backlist or new ones.

If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it? I finished all my books by November. Was a bit worried I wasn't going to finish them by the library due date, but squeaked by just in time.

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 have just been a reading machine this year. And this was with a wedding in June and grad school again. By the way, I was able to read this many books and still get an A and a B in my classes! Most of my reading though comes from the desire to finish up challenges. In these 3 months alone, I was reading for at least 7 other challenges at the same time plus I did the 24 hour readathon as well.

What was the best part of the Fall Reading Challenge? Being able to finish up some series that I knew I would put off if I hadn't put them on the list.

Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this spring? 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 spring!

15 comments:

  1. Wow. You're an inspiration. I'm thankful for library due dates--they sometimes are the push I need to get me to finish.

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  2. WOW! I didn't keep track of all my books this time, but 175!! Whew.

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  3. Wow! 175! That's pretty amazing! I dream of being able to blow through my TBR pile like that, and never seem to manage it. Congrats!

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  4. You are amazing! Congratulations!

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  5. 175 in three months. Wowzer, you are amazing. I want to read Green by Ted Dekker, and it's been so long since I read the other three. Will have to put on my list for 2010. Congratulations and look forward to your year end wrap up.

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  6. Personally I think you were a bit lazy. ;D (KIDDING, ..of course.) That's an amazing list of books! I didn't read that many titles all YEAR. =D

    Congratulations!

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  7. WOW! You're my hero.

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  8. WOW 175... with a wedding and grad school, you are amazing!

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  9. Oh my lord that is a ton of reading - you go girl! I have just started reading my first Jane Porter novel and I am loving it!

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  10. That is awesome to read that many books in 3 months time. I think I can do that in about a year maybe. Some of your titles sound interesting I'm going to be back for your year end review. Happy reading!!

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  11. Oh, good night -- I could never even dream of attempting to keep up with you! That is a seriously amazing load of books you read this fall. I'm awestruck!

    Dekker's Green was my "bonus" non-list novel this fall (really liked it), and I just picked up The Silent Gift, since I've heard so many great things about it.

    You rock! Thanks for being part of Fall Into Reading!

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  12. Great job! You did very well with the challenge. :)

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  13. WOW...very impressive. I am really interested in trying Jane Porter after reading your reviews.

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  14. Wow you really put me to shame! Nice work though, very impressive!

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