Daily Archives: June 21, 2011

Spring Reading Thing Recap

I finished seven books during the Spring Reading Thing, and started a bunch more. I was helped  somewhat by two other overlapping events:  Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon and #ToBeReMo.

Did you finish reading all the books on your spring reading list? If not, why not? Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?

My initial list was hijacked by a trip to the library and a new reading/free writing plan, but that’s just fine. Any list I make is pretty malleable. 😉 Below is my original list. Completed books are crossed out.

  • Finish Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter (Women of Fantasy, Spec Fic)
  • The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (Women of Science Fiction, Spec Fic)
  • Finish Jo’s Girls ed. by Christian McEwen
  • Finish Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle (Spec Fic)
  • Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff (Read Me Baby)
  • The Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow (Spec Fic)
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (Read Me Baby)
  • The Call of Stories by Robert Coles (Read Me Baby)

I actually did not finish Connie Willis’s The Doomsday Book. After reading half of it, I found that I did not care for it. I did start reading Coles’ The Call of Stories, but decided that I wanted to read I, Asimov instead. That’s enough writers writing about writing at once.

Additionally, I read short stories and novellas, Shutter Island, Wild Mind, Torn Wings and Faux Pas, and Moneyball. All my reading notes can be found under the “spring thing” tag.

What was your favorite book that you read this spring? Least favorite? Why?

Favorite? Peter Beagle’s Sleight of Hand. It’s a slightly uneven anthology, but the best stories are very, very good. I would expect to say that the Schmendrick story would be my favorite, but “The Rabbi’s Hobby” might rank as one of my favorite stories, ever.  Least favorite? I didn’t find either of the books that I read through the Women of Science Fiction to be very good. Willis’, I gave up on because it was very long winded and the technology wasn’t even at all. Prospero Lost wasn’t a really a whole story, but wasn’t compelling enough for me to want to read the next installment.

Did you discover a new author or genre this spring? Did you love them? Not love them?

Of the authors whose books I finished, Willis and Lamplighter were the authors I had not read previously. I didn’t care for either. I’m a pretty hard sell.

Did you learn something new because of Spring Reading Thing 2011 – something about reading, about yourself, or about a topic you read about?

I knew almost nothing about baseball before I read Moneyball. I also started using Goodreads during Spring Reading Thing and have realize how mush of a compulsive book starter I am. I’m currently reading five other books (and maybe two others…).

What was your favorite thing about the challenge?

I like to have reasons to list and keep track of things. It’s neat to look back at a chunk of time and see what progress has been made.