Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fall Into Reading Challenge Conclusion

It's time again (well, next week anyway!) for another Fall Into Reading adventure hosting by Katrina at Callapidder Days

This coming week is the conclusion of the Fall Into Reading Challenge which is hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days. It is therefore time to see how far we got in our own personal fall reading challenges.

If you were around when I started, you'll remember that I said I wanted to really plow through my review copies so that I could start off 2011 free and clear. Especially given the fact that we have a new baby on the way, and considering that there are a great number of titles on my home book shelf that are sitting unread, I wanted to free up my time to read whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. It's not working for me to have so many deadlines looming over my head.

To that end, I attacked my review shelf and took care of a great number of titles, all of which I'm listing below (all are linked to my reviews):

I opted not to read the following titles, which I had mentioned to you at the beginning of the challenge:

Despite my reading "work" - I still have a few titles left dangling as I go into the next year. But I have declined what feels like a billion offers for more as I really would like more freedom in my reading life. I do LOVE reading books and reviewing new titles. I'm certainly not saying I'm going to stop cold turkey from doing that. I'll still take review titles but I am being much more selective than I have ever been before. I think there are some really awesome titles and subjects out there that I am curious to read. But there are also a lot of older titles that I'd like to be able to give more attention to.

Like, for example, I intend to kick off 2011 with my FAVORITE older titles, all written by Lucy Maud Montgomery for the 2011 Lucy Maud Montgomery Challenge. I'll be hosting that challenge in January and I'm glad to have a fairly clean slate so that I can spend some quality time with one of my favorite authors without a lot of "reviewers guilt" hanging over my head.

L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge

I feel pretty good about what I was able to get to this fall and I'm happy with my reading "load" a I go into 2011. Participating in the Fall Into Reading Challenge really motivated me to set myself up well for the start of a new reading year and for that I am most grateful to Katrina! Thank you for the motivation!


Gidget Girl Reading said...

I'll join you on the Lucy Maud Montgomery Challenge since that is a perfect fit to my read the classics reading challenge for 2011 that i'm hosting on butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams! :)

Stephanie said...

Already looking forward to the LMM challenge for January ... what to read??? Me thinks I might need to go with a reread of Emily this year. It's been a while.

Annette W. said...

You did well! I am also mostly caught up. I know I have at least one waiting...and others I was waiting for later before reviewing (publishing dates).

I am looking forward to LMM challence...though I will likely read only one...I'm determined to read one that I barely started last year but didn't finish in time for the LMM challenge.

Lisa notes... said...

I downloaded the Fame book when it came up free, but now I know it may not be good enough to bother with, thanks to you. Glad you were able to clear up some space on your shelves and mentally as well. Gotta get ready for that sweet baby girl on the way! Thanks for sharing your list.

A Faithful Journey said...

Like I have said before...I am really looking forward to the Lucy Maud Montgomery Challenge!! :)

Barbara H. said...

A good list. I signed up as a reviewer for a company once -- loved the thought of getting free books! But they sent SO many, and in genres that I wasn't interested in, that I only did it a month or two.

Looking forward to the LMM challenge!

Stephanie Kay said...

I am always amazed by the number of books you read and review with 2 children in the house!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Awesome job, Carrie! I only accept a few books here and there for review -- I find I really balk when I "have" to read review books. Maybe it's my stubborn ornery streak. :)

Thanks for being part of Fall Into Reading!

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