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Friday, February 27, 2009

1% Well Read Challenge '08 - Recap

It is COMPLETE!!! Due to poor planning on my part, I had to make several last minute changes to my reading list. I happily made a list of what to read when I signed up for this challenge but I failed to plan ahead and find time to actually read the books I chose, so I ended up substituting several short stories.

I was supposed to read 10 books from the "1,001 Books to Read Before You Die" list by Feb. 28th. In the end, I read seven books and three short stories from the list (the links take you to my reviews) but I DID complete the challenge.

  • Cannery Row - I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book. The writing is beautiful, and it is very short. Unfortunately it was removed from the 2008 revised 1,001 Books list.

  • King Solomon's Mines - For those who've seen The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, this is where Alan Quartermain comes from.

  • Dracula - Thought I'd hate it, but I LOVED it. And I'm not a horror fan either.

  • Midnight's Children - This one I did hate. I know some of you loved it, but I just don't get it.

  • Some Experiences of an Irish RM - Worth reading for me, but not worth talking about.

  • Phineas Finn - Quite good! A classic from a series that I may continue reading.

  • Delta of Venus - Not at ALL what I expected but very good in parts (and creepy in parts).

  • A Modest Proposal - Yes, I understand that it is satire; no, I still don't like it.

  • The Pit and the Pendulum - This story encompasses some of my worst fears. *shiver*

  • The Fall of the House of Usher - Creepy in a very good way.
On the whole I really enjoyed this challenge. It introduced me to books that I otherwise would not have picked up. Here are some "challenge stats":
  • Favorite: It's a tie between Dracula and Cannery Row - both were great reads!

  • Worst: Again a tie, this time between Midnight's Children and A Modest Proposal.

  • Do it next year?: Absolutely. There are some great books on this list and I'm looking forward to picking out ten more.
I'm still thinking that I need to get a copy of the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die book ... I'd love to know the story behind the inclusion of each book on the list.

Whew, I barely finished this challenge before the deadline. Now it's time to sign up for the next one!


bermudaonion said...

Congratulations on finishing!

Lenore Appelhans said...

I did not finish. I only read two on my list and I did not particularly like either one. I'm going to try again this year though.

And I'll add Cannery Row to my list.

pussreboots said...

Congratulations on finishing the challenge. Since you enjoyed Cannery Row I highly recommend The Long Valley also by Steinbeck. It's a collection of stories that works well as a companion piece to Cannery Row.

Lezlie said...

Yay! I knew you could do it!


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