Back in September I signed up for the Fall Into Reading 2008 Challenge — a challenge to read a set list of books between September 22 and December 21. Because I was busy, I only choose four books for my list: The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, Persepolis by Marijane Satrapi, and Villette by Charlotte Brontë.
Sadly, I didn’t do well with this challenge, only finishing two of the four books I chose. I also only finished my review of The Gravedigger’s Daughter. But, I still had fun and still have a few things to reflect on using the questions that Katrina at Callapidder Days, the challenge host, posted.
- Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list? If not, why not?
No, I didn’t, I think because other books got in the way and I re-prioritized. I also left Villette at home after Thanksgiving break and didn’t get a chance to read it again until I got home on December 21.
- What was your favorite book that you read this fall? Least favorite? Why?
My favorite book from the fall, which was not on my list, was probably The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon because it was a really grand, fictionalized account of the origin of comic books, a genre I’m just starting to get into. My least favorite was Niche Envy by Joseph Turow; it was just dry, and I wasn’t in the mood for it when I had to read it for class.
- Did you discover a new author or genre this fall? Did you love them? Not love them?
I read a lot of literary journalism and new literary journalists to read. One great example is Trevor Corson — I loved The Secret Life of Lobsters and recently read Corson’s second book, The Story of Sushi.
- Did you learn something new because of the Fall Into Reading challenge — something about reading, or yourself, or a topic you read about?
I learned I’m not good at challenges because I like to just be able to read what fits my mood. I might do better at a categories type challenge where I could pick books based on topic, but where I didn’t have to have a set list in advance so I could pick books that fit my mood at the time. Overall though, I’m glad I did it because I loved reading about the other books people were going to read 🙂