Fall Into Reading Wrap Up

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 618 books for the year). I read all the books (29) on my list PLUS 92 more for a grand total of 121 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
  • The Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson
  • Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich
  • An Honest Love by Kathleen Fuller
  • Embers of Love by Tracie Peterson
  • The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
  • Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe by Irene Brand and Anita Higman
  • Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich
  • Hometown Ties by Melody Carlson
  • Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner
  • While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin
  • In the Company of Others by Jan Karon
  • Don't Look Back by Lynette Eason
  • Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
  • A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley
  • Emily's Chance by Sharon Gillenwater
  • The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan
  • The God Hater by Bill Myers
  • The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund
  • Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
  • The Perfect Blend by Trish Perry
  • Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry
  • Critical Care by Candace Calvert
  • Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce
  • Disaster Status by Candace Calvert
  • Code Triage by Candace Calvert
  • Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson
  • The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson
  • Nightingale by Susan May Warren
  • Hatteras Girl by Alice Wisler
  • Facelift by Leanna Ellis
  • The Snowflake by Jamie Carie
  • Naomi and Her Daughters by Walter Wangerin Jr.
  • Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck
  • Angel Song by Shelia Walsh and Kathryn Cushman
  • Love Starts With Elle by Rachel Hauck
  • The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Dining With Joy by Rachel Hauck
  • Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart
  • The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen
  • A Plain and Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston
  • Love Finds You in Carmel By-The-Sea, California by Sandra D. Bricker
  • The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello
  • Reinventing Rachel by Alison Strobel
  • Love Finds You in Deadwood, South Dakota by Tracey Cross
  • Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho by Angela Ruth
  • Lydia's Charm by Wanda Brunstetter
Young Adult
  • Beautiful Dead: Arizona by Eden Maguire
  • Chosen by Ted Dekker
  • I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
  • Pure Sin by Kate Brian
  • Donut Days by Lara Zielin
  • Belle of the Brawl by Lisi Harrison
  • Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
  • Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
  • Spotlight by Melody Carlson
  • Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble by Nancy Rue
  • Tournaments, Cocoa and One Wrong Move by Nancy Rue
  • Freefall by Mindi Scott
  • Don't Kiss Him Goodbye by Sandra Byrd
  • Flirting With Disaster by Sandra Byrd
  • The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
  • Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
  • You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
  • Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColi
Middle Grade
  • Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
  • The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker
  • What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen
  • Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
Contemporary Fiction
  • The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate
  • The Secrets Sisters Keep by Abby Drake
  • Getting In by Karen Stabiner
  • The Transformation of Things by Jillian Cantor
  • An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller
  • Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello
  • Stay With Me by Sandra Rodriguez Barron
  • The Home for Broken Hearts by Rowan Coleman
Cozy Mystery
  • Buzz Off by Hannah Reed
  • The Lover's Knot by Clare O'Donahue
  • A Drunkard's Path by Clare O'Donahue
  • The Double Cross by Clare O'Donahue
  • Fundraising the Dead by Shelia Connolly
  • Pinned for Murder by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
  • Sinister Sprinkles by Jessica Beck
Other Literature
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
  • Blood of the Prodigals by P.L. Gaus
  • City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell
  • Broken English by P.L. Gaus
Non Fiction
  • America's Prophet by Bruce Feiler
  • The Word Made Flesh by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor
  • The Peanuts Collection by Nat Gertler

What was the best book you read this fall? There were quite a few goodies that I discovered. The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund and The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate are some standouts.

What book could you have done without? Was not a fan of Death by Darjeeling by Laura Child. I know she's very popular but she just wasn't for me, at least not with that book.

Did you try out a new author this fall? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again? Yep, discovered a bunch as always. Will give everyone new at least one more try.

If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it? Finished them all! And I was very glad to do so because it meant finally returning those honor system library books that I had been keeping for over half a year.

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? I actually didn't really gaze around too much at other lists as my TBR pile is already so huge that I don't want to make it any bigger!

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! Books that I don't have to review, I tend to read faster. Not that I'm skimming but because I don't have to remember specific details when writing a review later, these books I tend to read and forget.

What was the best part of the Fall Reading Challenge? Being able to finish up those library books. I really need to stop getting library books.

Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this spring? Of course. Always do :)

Any other thoughts, impressions, or comments. Thanks for hosting this Katrina!!!! Can't wait til spring!


  1. WOW! I have never read that many books in three months. Congratulations! Next year I am definitely keeping track of how many books I read. I think I'm above average though for this year.

  2. Wow! What a list! I just have a question...? How did you do it? :) I had a hard time finding the time to read 8 books over the past three months!! :)

    I enjoyed this challenge and am looking forward to the Spring!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Deborah, I'm really impressed with your reading list AND how many you read this year! If averaged out, that's almost 2 books a day! What a fun year! :-)

    And thank you for the compliment on my book. I'm thrilled that you consider it one of your "stand-out" books!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    Love, Jody Hedlund

  4. I am so glad I wasn't the only one who read a massive amount. I loved the way you broke them down into categories. I love Christian Fiction yet I am new to the genre. I've been a Christian since I was 8 yet am not familiar with a lot of the authors. You've made my job of finding Christian authors easier. I predominantly read middle grade and YA because I teach Middle School. I will be following you so I can keep up with unfamiliar authors and books. Congratulations and I look forward to reading with you in the spring.

  5. Wow! I didn't read NEARLY as much during those three months! I DID read more than my challenge list, but only got through about 2/3 of my actual challenge list! Very proud of you!

  6. =D Not a bad count for THREE MONTHS! Hello!

    And haha on your needing to stop going to the library. Sounds like you need a personal challenge. "I will NOT go to the library...I will NOT go to the library..."

    Merry Christmas to you, btw! Hope it's a good one!

  7. Wow! I thought my 30+ was pretty impressive! That's quite a list. :-)

  8. Only 121, huh? :)

    Great job! And great job getting the books back to the library and off your mind!


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