Thursday 12 November 2009

Library challenge wrap-up

For once I seem to have finished a challenge ahead of time. The Support your local library challenge which is being hosted by J Kaye has been running all year and finishes on the 31st. December.

I signed up to read 25 library books and have now, happily, read that number. I'm pretty pleased with my achievement - I thought I could do it but knew it was more library books than I normally read in one year, so was not too blasé about it. Anyway these are the books I read for this challenge:

1. In the Woods - Tana French
2. The Jewel of Seven Stars - Bram Stoker
3. Runemarks- Joanne Harris
4. The Valley of Secrets - Charmian Harris
5. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella
6. Larklight - Philip Reeve
7. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
8. The Sedgemoor Strangler - Peter Lovesey
9. Morrigan's Cross - Nora Roberts
10. The Good Thief - Hannah Tinti
11. Touchstone - Laurie R. King
12. The Circle - Peter Lovesey
13. Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurdardottir
14. Snow Blind - P.J. Tracy
15. Grey Souls - Philippe Claudel
16. Trains and Buttered Toast - John Betjeman
17. Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy
18. The Terracotta Dog - Andrea Camilleri
19. Endless Night - Agatha Christie
20. Inspector Ghote's First Case - H.R.F. Keating
21. A Christmas Journey - Anne Perry
22. Good Behaviour - Molly Keane
23. Relics - Pip Vaughan-Hughes
24. The Coffin Trail - Martin Edwards
25. No Such Thing as Dragons - Philip Reeve

A fair few of them seem to be crime books, which is odd seeing that I don't really regard myself as a hardened crime fan. Perhaps I'm becoming one. Favourites? Touchstone by Laurie R. King, In the Woods by Tana French, The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. But the majority of them were very good. Many thanks to J. Kaye for hosting.

So that's it for challenges for me for this year. I did sign up to do an Essay challenge but have changed my mind about it and decided not to do it after all. I rather fancy reading at will for the rest of the year.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I think I might have finished this one too, but I need to do a bit of counting. And a definite yes to reading what you want to read. There are too many wonderful books out there to read something that isn't calling you!

DesLily said...

ya Touch
ya Stone
ya ya Touchstone!! woohooo I think within the next 12 months I will reread touchstone... It's calling to me lol

ok now get serious and read some tbr books lol lol (this is the pot calling the kettle black lol )

Cath said...

fleurfisher: thank you. It's very odd to think of you borrowing your library books from the library I used until I was 21.

I'm going to do much more reading of what I fancy next year. And also try not to buy so many new books and read from my *huge* tbr pile instead.

Pat: Touchstone would really bear rereading. There was so much going on and so much interesting historical detail that it was impossible to take it all in in one reading.

Next year I'm *seriously* going to read from my tbr pile. Especially read some more of the series I've started! lol.

Tracey said...

Congratulations! And having free reading choices until the end of the year sounds very relaxing. A definite goal of mine for next year!

Kailana said...

Congrats on finishing!

Cath said...

Tracey: yes, I plan to have free reading choices next year as much as I can. I'll do several challenges probably but relaxed ones. I also *really* want to read off my tbr pile and keep buying to a minimum.

Kailana: thank you! :-)

Vintage Reading said...

Cath, that is an awesome amount of books to have read. You deserve complete freedom to read whatever you fancy until the new year!

Cath said...

Thanks, Nicola. I'm already enjoying the freedom to read what I fancy. I think it's possible to overdo the challenge thing.