Monday, June 20, 2011


Summer is here and it's time for Spring Reading Thing '11 wrap-up! I posted an update about the books I added to my list, but when I went back to review it, it was gone! It's still missing in the blogosphere somewhere.
The one book I didn't finish (or really start) was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak . I started it and decided it's going to take more concentration that I'll have with the kids home for the summer.

I only read two non-fiction books.
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield was short, simple, to the point, and didn't apply to my life at all. Good thing it was free.
One Simple Act by Debbie Macomber was okay. I don't believe I was in the right frame of mind to receive the book the way it was intended.

Now for fiction!
Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf was a good book and a new author for me
Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
Lady in Waiting by Susan Messiner loved it!
One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz
Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen wasn't as intense as I thought it would be after reading Water for Elephants, but it was still a good story and I really enjoyed it.

These fiction books were added because they were free for a limited time on the kindle.
The Heart of Memory: A Novel by Alison Strobel and
Getting Away is Deadly by Sara Rosett were good stories, a little on the light side but still fun to read.
Thicker Than Blood by CJ Darlington I really liked the characters in this book and I wanted to get to know them better but I felt like a lot of details were left out. The story seemed a little flat and ended without really tying up the loose ends.

My original SRT list was three books. After two rounds of additions I read a total of 11 books for the challenge! Two non-fiction, 9 fiction and 6 were new authors.

Thank you Katrina at Callapidder Days for hosting the reading challenge!


Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

Congrats on finishing your challenge!

Susanne said...

Good job with adding extras and finishing. Sometimes I find I have to set books aside too and try them again at another time.

Erin said...

Congratulations on the books you did read. Yes, my list usually goes through a few reorganizations before the challenge ends. I read Lady in Waiting earlier in the year, and enjoyed it. It appears to be making its round for this challenge.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Great job on completing -- and exceeding! -- your spring goals! Sorry about the disappointing nonfiction books. That can be tough. And don't you love free Kindle books? Even if they're "eh," they were still free. :)

Thanks for being part of SRT '11!

Sandra Stiles said...

Great Job. I love C.J. Darlington's books. If you've not read "Bound By Guilt" you need to check it out.

Trish said...

I see several on here that I've also read and enjoyed - sounds liked you had a good spring!