Monday, November 30, 2009

Reading Challenge Wrap-Ups

I have really been enjoying the few (compared to most book bloggers) reading challenges I've done this past year, but I have to say, I've been terrible about doing wrap-up posts. So here are the challenges I've completed so far this year:

It almost felt like cheating to join this challenge, offered by Challenge Maven J.K. at J. Kaye's Book Blog, but I could not resist. I stopped counting at twelve, though - and here is what I read:

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Death Collector by Justin Richards
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
Rogue's Home by Hilari Bell
Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce
The Circle of Blood by Alane Ferguson
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Beyond the Deepwoods by Stewart & Riddell
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Boneyard, Volume 1 by Richard Moore
3 Willows by Ann Brashares
The Riddle by Allison Croggon

If I had to pick favorites, I think I'd have to choose Flora Segunda (a reread) and The Riddle, but I honestly enjoyed them all.

This is another fun challenge hosted by J.K, and again, I stopped listing them once I reached the challenge goal of twelve books. There is no doubt that I am a series junkie, and it's always fun to try a new one on for size. Here are the books I read:

Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dramacon, Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Moving Day by Meg Cabot
Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin
School Spirit by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

My absolute favorite from this challenge is Graceling, but the Carrie Vaughn, Jennifer Rardin and Ilona Andrews are now among my favorite adult paranormal/fantasy series, and I adore the children's series by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel as well. Dead Until Dark was a reread, and I've been enjoying moving through that series, too. I have to say that I did enjoy all of these books, and if J.K. offers this challenge again next year, I will certainly do it again!

Last, but certainly not least, is Carl's wonderful R.I.P. IV challenge, which I always enjoy immensely and has become one of the seasonal milestones of my reading year. This year I imbibed:

As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Harper, Suzanne - The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney
Ibbotson, Eva - The Haunting of Granite Falls
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Need by Carrie Jones
Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy
The Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman
The Ghost in the Swing by Jannet Patton Smith
The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman: The Dream Country by Neil Gaiman

Favorites for this challenge include the Sandman books, my childhood favorite (and best of all, sharing it with my children), The Ghost in the Swing, and The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney. But again, I enjoyed them all!


  1. Congrats on all your ending some reading challenges!! I've been a bad reader lately and not done a single challenge!

  2. My Man Jeeves sounds funny!

  3. Oh my lordy! I need to be this organised in my reading! I need to read more its my 2010 challenge and you have just inspired me!

  4. Margaret - I go through ups and downs on my challenge reading, too. Most of these were for the whole 2009 year, and I started early - I kind of dropped the ball on the graphic novel challenge, though, and I need to remedy that.

    VA Gal - The Jeeves stories and books are light and clever and funny - you should give them a try!

    Lazula - Well, I'm glad about that, but I had to laugh because I was so unorganized it took me forever to get the wrap-up post together! I'll be looking forward to seeing your progress on your 2010 challenges. :-)

  5. Congrats on finishing the challenges.

  6. Wow congrats! I think I still have a few that I need to read to finish up some of my challenges but I'm not sure.

  7. Ladytink - Thanks! It is hard to keep track of them all, isn't it? And I always get sidetracked by alluring books I stumble across in the meantime. But still, it's fun.


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