Summer is upon us which mean the end of the Spring Reading Thing 2009 hosted by the lovely and talented Katrina of Callapidder Days. My theme this year was first time author reads and I enjoyed discovering many new to me authors.
The books I read were:
- War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
- 1st to Die – James Patterson
- 14 - J.T. Ellison
- A World I Never Made - James LePore
- Enemies and Allies - Kevin J. Anderson
- Eon: Dragoneye Reborn - Alison Goodman
- French Bred - Frederic Guarino
- Homicide in Hard Cover - Kate Carlisle
- House of Dark Shadows – Robert Liparulo
- Inside Out - John Ramsey Miller
- Living the Charmed Life - Victoria Moran
- Long Lost - Harlan Coben
- Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stuart (didn't finish - meh!)
- Re-Deal: A Time Travel Thriller - Richard Turner
- Safe Haven - Hannah Alexander
- Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader- Joe Hilley
- Stone's Fall - Iain Pears
- The Ghost and Mrs. McClure - Alice Kimberely
- The Lightning Thief - Riordan
- The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
- The Link - B. Sandy (shelved)
- The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane -Katherine Howe
- The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott
- The Soul Collectors - Charles Quince
- The Titian Committee - Iain Pears
- Too Hot To Handle - Robin Kaye
- Virgin River - Robyn Carr
Did you finish reading all the books on your spring reading list? If not, why not?
No, there were two that I started and just couldn't finish: Mysterious Benedict Society and The Link. The Link was just too disjointed for me and I just couldn't get in MBS. Also on the list were Magyk which once again got dropped for lack of interest and didn't even start. I don't know why. I'm sure the book is good, but I just haven't been in the mood to try. Also Duma Key by Stephen King simply was forgotten. I just overlooked it and it is back on the TBR shelf in a prominent position and will be read sometime this summer.
Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?
My original goal was to read new to me author books and I stuck to that goal. I did add several books including advanced reader copy books to the list that I received and were being released during the Spring. There were a few science fiction / fantasy books that I was also reading for Once Upon a Time III that were also new to me authors, so they got added to the list as well.
What was your favorite book that you read this spring?
Believe or not, I liked the majority of the books I read. There were a few - not so much. If I had to choose, it would be a toss up between War and Peace and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. I discovered I liked Tolstoy - who knew! The Physick Book was interesting, well done and really captured my attention.
Least favorite? Why?
I would have to say the ones I mentioned before that I couldn't finish.
Did you discover a new author or genre this spring?
Since my theme was new author reads I discovered many new authors, most I loved, some not so much. I really liked Leo Tolstoy, J.T. Ellison, Robert Liparulo, John Ramsey Miller, Harlan Coben, Alice Kimberley, Iain Pears and Robyn Carr. There were some new authors with debut books on the list such as James LePore, Kate Carlisle, and Katherine Howe and I look forward to their next offerings. I definitely will be seeking out more books written by all these authors. I also rediscovered Fantasy and Science Fiction which I loved reading back when I was a teenager.
Did you learn something new because of Spring Reading Thing 2009 — something about reading, or yourself, or a topic you read about?
I was exposed to many different writing styles and read some really engaging stories. I discovered I enjoy historical fiction, especially Tolstoy, which really surprised me. I also found that I really don't care all that much for non fiction.
What was your favorite thing about the challenge?
I liked the idea of having a theme which worked exceptionally well for expanding my horizons a bit and exploring different authors and genre's. I enjoyed reading all the other participants reviews and discovering more books to add to my ever growing wish list.
I have to say Thank you to Katrina for being the Hostest with the Mostest. She always does an excellent job. To see how other participants did with the challenge, head on over to Katrina's and check out the reading wrap round up.