Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Spring Reading Thing 2011 wrap-up

I don't have any problem making reading a priority, especially since I've begun managing 5 Minutes for Books which guarantees a steady stream of interesting books on my desk as well as some deadlines to make sure I actually read and review them.

However, I when I made my goals for the Spring Reading Thing, I listed some books that I really wanted to read, in spite of review books that might be clamoring for my attention.

How did I do??

Read and Reviewed:

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri -- Wow. I loved this as much as I had hoped I would (linked to my review). I also revisited the movie, which I saw years ago, and enjoyed it all over again as well. Read this book. See the movie. Do either or both -- excellent.

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie   -- Also as good as I hoped it would be.

Joy For Beginners -- Also a satisfying read.

These next two books are where the Spring Reading Thing really helped me meet a goal. A week or so ago, I realized that my time was drawing to a close, and I made an effort with some books on my list:

Out of the Shadows by Joanne Rendell -- I finished this last week and haven't reviewed it yet, but I'm glad I finally got to it.

I haven't finished Zero-Sum Game: The Rise of the World's Largest Derivatives Exchange, but I did pick it back up a few days ago. I had read 20 or 30 pages right at the beginning of Spring, but that wasn't far enough to get into it. Now I'm a good 1/3 of the way in, and I am confident I'll finish it.

See below for more on that . . . .

I think I did fairly well actually, and instead of feeling like this is a fail, I'm going to recommit to finishing off my list before summer is over, which means I'll definitely, definitely (FOR SURE) finally read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7).

In spite of everyone's encouragement that I really should get to The Book Thief, I didn't. I put it as a "maybe, but probably not" selection on my list, knowing I probably wouldn't get to it, so I will leave that on my Summer Reading List.

Other goals I didn't really meet included reading one of the Christian Living books on my shelf, and to read at least 2 books stored on my Kindle (I did read one).

I am already planning to use my Kindle more this summer. Depending on any review deadlines I have, I might take it -- and only it -- with me when I leave town on 2 different trips this summer. That's almost 3 weeks of reading, and I could probably read 5 or 6 books, easy. I've downloaded several books (including Tim Challies' The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion, which would also count as a "Christian Living" book that I was trying to read more of).

Check out how other people did over at the Callapidder Days Spring Reading Thing wrap up linky post.


Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

The Namesake and The Book Thief are both high on my list of books to read! Good job on your challenge!

nomadreader said...

I'm so glad to hear you loved The Namesake. I need to make time for that one. I really enjoyed her essay in the recent fiction issue of the New Yorker, and it's re-inspired me to explore her fiction.

Trish said...

Nice job on your list as well! I still don't feel quite connected enough to an ebook to get into it, although I don't have a Kindle, so maybe it's the small screen of the iTouch that is creating the problem for me.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Good job! I know you are always reading plenty! And I think sometimes the value of these challenges comes in just setting the goals -- we usually find ourselves making progress toward them, even if we don't get all the way there.

Susanne said...

The Namesake sounds very interesting. Another to add to my want to read list. :v)