Sunday, September 7, 2008

Irresistible Review Challenge Wrap-up

The Irresistible Review Challenge is officially over, and I must say it was a lot of fun to host a reading challenge! I do apologize for being so absent during August and not updating everyone's links as often as I'd have liked. I enjoyed reading everyone's reviews, and their links to the original review that had inspired them to read each particular book were a great introduction to many new book blogs and bloggers, as well as great books to read!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge! Here is a list of those who participated and links to the books they reviewed. Please let me know if I've overlooked any reviews, and I will update as necessary. Also, if you haven't finished the challenge but want to keep reading, just let me know, and I'd be happy to add links to future reviews of books you didn't manage to get to over the summer.

Those of you who participated in the challenge, did you have a favorite book that you read for it? I think mine would have to be Savvy and The Hollow Kingdom. Thanks to Cath and Becky for recommending them - and keep those recommendations coming! Life just wouldn't be the same if I didn't live in the shadow of a towering book pile...

Becky's reviews (at Becky's Book Reviews):
  1. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  2. A Countess below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
  3. The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
  4. Hero Type by Barry Lyga
  5. I Am Scout by Charles J. Shields
  6. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
  7. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
  8. The Viper Within by Sam Mills
  9. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Bellezza's reviews (at Dolce Bellezza):
  1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Chris's reviews (at Stuff as Dreams Are Made On):
  1. Bonk by Mary Roach
  2. Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic edited by Cox and Duncan
  3. The Dead and Gone by Susan Beth Pffeffer
  4. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  6. Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson
  7. This Is What I Did by Anne Dee Ellis
  8. The Translator by Daoud Hari
Heather's reviews (at Age 30: A Year of Books):
  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  2. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  3. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  4. Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
  5. Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
  6. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  7. Pyongyang by Guy Delisle
  8. Stone Creek by Victoria Lustbader
Rachael's reviews (at Fuzzy Cricket):
  1. The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint
  2. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  4. Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George
  5. Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner
  6. Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner
  7. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
  8. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Reader Rabbit sisters' reviews (at Reader Rabbit):
  1. Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman
  2. The Declaration by Gemma Malley

Rhinoa's reviews (at Rhinoa's Ramblings):

  1. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  2. The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess
  3. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  4. Messenger by Lois Lowry
  5. The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
  6. Transformations by Anne Sexton
  7. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  8. Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Serena's reviews (at Savvy Verse and Wit)
  1. The Adoration of Gemma Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
  3. Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. The Braid by Helen Frost
  6. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
  7. Mr. Thundermug by Cornelius Medvei
  8. Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
And here are my reviews!
  1. Castle Waiting: The Curse of Brambly Hedge by Linda Medley
  2. Castle Waiting: The Lucky Road by Linda Medley
  3. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimley
  4. The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
  5. Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
  6. Me, the Missing and the Dead by Jenny Valentine
  7. Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson
  8. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  9. Secret in the Tower by Candice Ransom


  1. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge Darla!! It was tons of fun :) Hmmm, favorite books...that's a tough one out of this lot, but I think I'm going to have to go with a tie between Looking for Alaska and Bonk. Both were very good, but very different books. And like you said, keep the recommendations coming! I'll post my wrap up post soon for this one...I didn't even realize it was over, lol.

  2. You are welcome, Chris - it was fun! Your favorites are already both on my TBR list - I'm hoping to get to them soon (after all this wonderful RIP reading, that is!).

  3. I promise to finish the last two books! Actually, I finished one over the weekend and will have the review up this week (it's called Life Is So Good). The other one (Midnight's Children) should be up sometime this month ... provided I ever finish it! I'll come back here and post comments when those two reviews are up.

    Favorites?! How about surprises? Dracula was surprisingly enjoyable - highly recommend it. Last Chance To See was fascinating and very readable - try it out for yourself and see.

    Even though I haven't posted the review yet I HIGHLY recommend Life Is So Good. That qualifies as my favorite of this challenge, now that I think about it.

  4. Darla, thank you so much for such a fun challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

    Heather, I've heard wonderful things about LIFE IS SO GOOD. I'll be picking it up shortly.

    My favorite books from this challenge? CITY OF BONES and THE BLUE GIRL. In fact, I've fallen hard for the urban fantasy genre. I hadn't really delved into it before this challenge.

  5. well done for hosting your fist challenge! Sorry i didn't join, but I realised I'm not a challenge girl after all, Im too inconsistent with my decisions, but I might consider it the next time (you will hosting it again right?)

    also, I nominated you here :

  6. oops, I meant to link to my blog not yours!

  7. I'm so glad you hosted this challenge! My sister and I read a few other books for the challenge and hopefully we'll post the reviews for them soon. :)

  8. Thanks for such a fun challengePicking a favourite is difficult though. I enjoyed all of them for different reasons but I suppose it would be a tie between The Complete Maus and The Book of Ballads which is interesting as they are both graphic novels.

  9. Heather - that sounds great. Just leave a comment and I'll get the links up - no rush! I read Dracula as a teenager and realized that there seemed to be more to those fusty old classics than I thought! :-)

    Rachael - I loved both of those books, too! I'm anxiously awaiting the next one in Cassandra Clare's series. I just finished (and eventually will review) Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier, and I know you will love that one! Have you read it?

    Valentina - thanks, and thanks for the nomination! I think it would be fun to do the challenge again next year.

    Reader Rabbit2 - thanks for doing the challenge, and just let me know when you post reviews, and I'll add them to the wrap-up!

    Rhinoa - Thanks! I just put Book of Ballads on hold at my library - sounds like I really must read it. :-)

  10. I'm so ashamed to have only one. :(
    Still, thanks for hosting, and I hope to do better next time! I should have known it would come to this since it was the start of school, and I can barely get my laundry done, let alone read, then. At any rate, I'm glad to have more book reviews to entice me.

  11. Oh, I was glad to have you participate, no matter how many reviews you did! When challenges become a chore - or stressful - what's the point? Maybe we can do it again next year. :-)


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