I think I did really well! I did not stick completely to my list, but I read a lot. I started books, I finished books, I read widely--all things that I don't always do when I get into a rut, so I'm calling it a success. I wanted to address one of Katrina's questions, and then you can just take a quick, or loooong look at the reviews etc that follow.
What did I learn through the challenge? I learned that I can read a LOT, if I choose it over other things. Perhaps I'll meet my goal of reading every book that I want to read if I keep this up (but wait, they keep publishing good books each month). I didn't count pages, but I know I read over 4000 in these 22 books.
One thing that sort of impeded my following the list was starting a new review column at 5 Minutes for Mom (check it out each Monday if you haven't already. Almost every week we do a book giveaway as well). These off-list books are linked to my reviews:
- The Potluck Club Takes the Cake
- Organizing for Life
- First Daughter: Extreme Makeover was on my list, because I knew I was going to be on the author's blog tour. I didn't know that I would love the book so much. This is a great book to read to open doors for connecting with your teen. It's on my suggested reading list for Read Together, which is a summer mission to encourage parents to read and discuss books with their school-aged kids. Click over to find out more!
- Two books in the Fairy Chronicles series, which I liked so much I put them on my Read Together list as well.
I knew that my fiction list was ambitious, but I still finished all but The Other Boleyn Girl. These that I read are linked to my reviews:
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn--I didn't formally review this book. I did enjoy it. It was written a bit like a memoir, mostly of a girl's growing up years, but it's fiction. I was surprised to see it on so many of the SRT lists, so I'll be interested to read other reviews of it.
- To Kill a Mockingbird--I enjoyed this book, and it seemed so familiar, even though it's been probably twenty years since I read it. It's not an all-time favorite like some, but it's a real classic for a reason.
- Quaker Summer--I reviewed this at the Clean Reads website.
- I did not enjoy Mercy as much as other Picoult books, but it was an okay suspenseful drama.
Non-fiction--again I get a check plus! I didn't read Personality Plus, because it didn't really grab my interest and I've read a lot of books like that before, but I read all the others, including all the extras listed above, and also read Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World, which I will review on July 2 at 5 Minutes for Mom, and The Art of the Letter.
- Grace Based Parenting--I never reviewed this, but I really enjoyed it. It caused me to really think about the motivation of the rules I set, and how I can really parent with the goal of building my daughter's character.
- My Heart's in the Lowlands--my review
- Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood--my review
- Queen of the Castle-- my review and interview
- Factory Girl--my review
- Sarah, Plain and Tall--Amanda and I read and enjoyed this one.
- Rickshaw Girl --this is by Mitali Perkins, the author of First Daughter (above), but for a younger 7 or 8 to 12 year old audience. We both liked this one, too.
- Toys Go Out, is another great book, and another one that I put on the Read Together suggested list (it would be a great read if you had a wide age range, of 4 or 5 up to twelve or so).
I slowed down on Audiobooks, but I did "read" The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeanette Walls. Wow. It was sort of tough to read, because it describes the kind of poverty that most of us don't want to know exists. Like most memoirs, as tough as they are to read, I am left feeling inspired by what people are able to overcome in their past. If you like memoir at all, I recommend this one.