Sunday, January 31, 2010

L.M. Montgomery Challenge, Conclusion (for 2010 at any rate)

L. M. Montgomery Reading ChallengeWrapping up the second year of the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge which I think has been fun and interesting. (I hope you've thought so too.) I'll try to keep this brief because I have a few things I want to hit in this post.

First off, thanks to all who participated! I have enjoyed reading your posts and seeing what you all think of of the books that you've chosen to read. I'll write up another post linking to all of your reviews tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you want to find out who read what, go to the START POST (click on that link) and scroll through the comments. (I'll make it easier for you tomorrow, I promise!) Visit around. Most of you have been reading the same thing so you can share your thoughts with one another. * DO NOT LEAVE YOUR LINKS TO YOUR REVIEWS ON THIS POST. LEAVE THEM ON THE START POST! YOU HAVE UNTIL THE END OF TODAY TO GET YOUR LINK IN!!!

Next, I'd really like to get your opinion on what I can do to improve the challenge next year. I received one comment that said that they didn't think a month was long enough. Thoughts on that? Personally, I'm rather of the mindset that Montgomery's writing style is fairly consistent. I absolutely love it (don't misinterpret) but reading just a couple of her books every year makes me feel content. But I'm open for changes that y'all would like to see happen. My primary questions are as follows:

1. Do you like the length of the L.M. Montgomery Challenge or would you suggest a change in time frame (and, if so, to what)?

2. How can I better help you find a book of Montgomery's that is suitable to you (if I can possibly do that at all)?

3. Is there something that you would have liked to see happen during the challenge (here or for yourself) that didn't?

4. Any suggestions at all? More motivational prizes (like an all-expense paid trip to PEI perhaps?!) or the like?

I'd love to hear what you have to suggest! I want this to be as fun and enjoyable an experience as possible for all of us! As Dr. Frasier Crane says, "I'm listening." So talk!

***I intend to announce the winner of the locket tomorrow in the post of links to your reviews. This is your last reminder to link up!***


Barbara H. said...

1. I think a month is fine. Most readers can get a book or two or more read in that time. Some might want time to read the whole Anne series, and if that's what the majority wants, that's fine, but I think that would be too much to do every year. Not that I wouldn't mind in one sense, but most of us have other books waiting on our shelves as well.

2. I think any reader with access to the Internet can easily look up her books on Amazon, read the synopsis, and see if it sounds interesting to them. But if next time you wanted to write a list if her books with a brief few sentences about each one with maybe links back to earlier reviews of them, that might help some, though, really, that would be going above and beyond the call of duty.

3. Nothing I can think of.

4. Sure, that trip to PEI sounds great! :-D

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I thought a month was about right. Just enough to really steep yourself in Montgomery, and then move on.

Word Lily said...

I'm so confused. I have a post in my feed reader from you that went up yesterday, but when I clicked through to comment, it wasn't here. And it's still not here. Should I just keep waiting, or did something get messed up?

Carrie said...

Just keep waiting. =) Sorry about that! I hit "publish" on something I quickly deleted but apparently it went through in some readers and not others (very annoying to me!). It'll post. Just not yet!

Word Lily said...

OK, thanks for the response. Don't worry, I totally understand; I've done that before, too. I know it's frustrating, though.

Tonia said...

I think a month is the perfect length - more than enough time to get through a few of her books.

Unknown said...

I also agree that a month is fine. I just finished yesterday, but it's because I put it off, knowing I'd meet the deadline.

People could either really focus and read more in the month, or like me (and Amanda) easily read one book in the month's time. If it was 2 or 3 months, I'd just procrastinate longer.

I like knowing that it's a yearly thing and that next January I can return to PEI again :)

Stephanie Kay said...

1. A month was fine for me. I finished 3 Anne books and watched the first Anne movie. If I, an average speed reader who spends all day and night with a 6, 4, 3, and 15 month old can get it done then I think anyone can. ;)

I don't think Montgomery is someone I'd want to keep reading for several months. But that's just me.

2. I agree that a list of M.'s books with a sentence or two of your thoughts on them might be helpful. You could also do a list of biography's about her or other helpful non-fiction. Might be a good way to start the month off.

3. Not really.

4. I'd love a trip to PEI!! Prizes are always fun but not necessary (unless you can find someone to 'sponsor' them).

My only other thought is possibly a 'theme' for the challenge. Say this year is an Anne theme, next year could be short stories, etc. But that's just a thought for changing things up. I don't think I want to read Anne every year but that's just me. :)

Beth said...

I think a month is great. I also like the freedom to choose which of her books to read. If the spirit moves on me I'll read Anne at anytime, but with your challenge it has encouraged me to dig out my other books by her and re-read them.

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