The Well-Rounded Challenge

July 1 – December 31, 2008

UPDATE: August 31, 2008: I have completed this challenge (actually reading one more book than I needed to without realizing it!). My favorite book in this challenge was a toss up between The Poisonwood Bible, The Colour, and People of the Book. I rated all of them 5/5 and can highly recommend these novels. Thank you to Jan for hosting this fun challenge!


Jan is hosting A Well-Rounded Challenge which will help all challenge addicts get their challenge books read…How? By reading 1 book from 6 different challenges for which you’ve signed up.

Here are the rules as posted on the challenge blog:

  • Any combination of challenges works.
  • You must be signed up with the other challenges.
  • You may listen to eAudio, cassette tapes or compact discs.
  • You may read all six books from the same challenge.
  • To be well-rounded however means stretching yourself to include as many challenges (and books) as you can fit into this six month time frame.
  • You don’t have to blog or write a review (but you can if you want to).
  • Even if a challenge begins after July you may use it for this challenge.
  • Even if a challenge ends after 12/31/08 you may use it for this challenge.

My plan is to read one book from each of these challenges:

  1. Celebrate the Author Hotel Du Lac, by Anita Brookner (COMPLETED July 22, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  2. Every Day is a HolidayCrossing the River, by Caryl Phillips (COMPLETED August 7, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  3. 888 ChallengePeople of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks (COMPLETED July 4, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  4. Chick LitLove Walked In, by Marisa de los Santos (COMPLETED August 29, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  5. TBR 2008The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (COMPLETED July 12, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  6. Orange Prize ProjectThe Colour, by Rose Tremain (COMPLETED August 25, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  7. My Year of Living DangerouslyLeftovers, by Laura Weiss (COMPLETED July 31, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review)
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  1. Thanks Wendy for advertising this challenge & for signing up for it. So glad you’re here! Enjoy!

    Jan (in Edmonds)

    • Wendy on May 26, 2008 at 18:27

    You’re welcome, Jan – I think this will be a really fun challenge…glad you’re hosting it 🙂

  2. Thanks again Wendy for advertising this challenge & participating. If you haven’t voted the poll — check out and see my latest comment about voting.

    • Wendy on June 13, 2008 at 07:59

    Thanks, Jan – I actually voted without a problem…so I’m not sure what the issue is with others not being able to cast a vote 🙁

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