Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spring Reading Thing 2011...Done



It is done.  Finished.  Ended.  Spring Reading Thing 2011 is over.  With the first day of summer upon us, it is time to wrap up and see how we did on our spring reading goals this year.

This was a great spring read for me this year.  Between some really great books and a wetter spring allowing lots of evening reading time, I actually accomplished my Spring Reading Thing List and even went beyond adding a couple of review books and a book on my library list.  The biggest surprise was that I finished a total of 5, count them, 5, non-fiction books on my list plus added 1 for review for a total of 6 non-fictions and they were all read cover to cover.  That is definitely one for the record books.  That is, if anyone is keeping track of such things.

 As a review, here is my Spring Reading Thing list.
 The extra's were "To Be Perfectly Honest" by Phil Callaway, "The Bride's House" by Sandra Dallas,  and "When Sparrows Fall" by Meg Moseley.  Your can go here for reviews on all the books from my Spring Reading.  Just scroll down to #6 - 19.  (If you choose to comment on that site please mention the name(s) of the book you are commenting on within your comment.)

Did I have a favorite from my reads this spring?   The one that stuck out the most to me was definitely "The Kitchen Boy - A Novel of the Last Tsar" by Robert Alexander.   It was interesting and gripped me from beginning to end, was well researched to historical facts, had a believable fiction storyline, and had the surprise twist at the end that I love.  It was the perfect historical fiction novel.

So did I learn anything new this time around from the Spring Reading Thing?  Well I learned that branching out of my usual authors was quite fun.  I found quite a few new ones this time around.  And I also learned I am quite capable of finishing non-fiction from cover to cover and of finishing more than one a year.  And as usual one of my favorite parts about this challenge was reading everyone else's lists and finding new titles to add to want to read list.  Thanks again Katrina for hosting.

How did you do on your spring reading goals if you made them?

12 comments:

Barbara H. said...

Congratulations on finishing your list, especially so many non-fiction titles!

Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

Congrats on finishing your challenge, I came achingly close to finishing mine!

Lisa notes... said...

Glad you had such a great spring read. I’ll look up The Kitchen Boy to add to my list.

Book Dragon said...

Congratulations on finishing your list! I only read two from mine even if I read twice as many as I listed.

Faith said...

Good job and congrats for all those non fiction books! :)
I read 13 but not all of them were on my original list. I couldn't find 4 books I really really wanted to read without paying for them so.....I'll put in more requests at our town library...one book has over 60 people waiting for it...sure hope I get it sometime this summer! lol....good job Susanne! is there a Summer Reading Thing?? do you know?

Amy said...

I like how you posted your wrap up. I just listed my books which I think I will change next time. Enjoy your summer reading!

Amy @ Missional Mama

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on so many reads, and non-fiction too!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Awesome, awesome job on all that nonfiction reading, Susanne! Way to go! I think it's so cool to look back at the progress we've made in our nonfiction over the course of various challenges...and just more years of reading. Glad to be on this reading journey with you!

Sandra Stiles said...

I think next time I need to add some non-fiction. It isn't my preferred genre but that means I need to stretch a little. Great job!

Trish said...

Yes, I don't know why nonfiction seems so daunting. Even when it's a book I want to read, I tend to procrastinate!

ruthhill74 said...

Wow--you really did well! I am definitely going to put some of theses on my TBR list--not sure which ones yet. I have to do some research. Thanks for the encouragement.

Lisa said...

Quite a list and quite an achievement! Well done. The Kitchen Boy was on my mental list from when I heard about it some time ago so now I will have to go and track it down. You did so much better than me but like you said, it's all about the reading isn't it?