Challenge Wrap Ups…

I have completed some challenges and decided to include them in one big wrap up post.

chunkster2009The Chunkster Challenge was all about reading those fat books which at times seem so intimidating. I chose the Mor-book-ly Obese option (to read 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more). My last book for the challenge was The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb…and I actually did not finish it completely until the day after this challenge ended. BUT, I did manage to finish 600 pages of it on the last day of the challenge…and since a chunkster is defined as a book longer than 450 pages, I figured I would count this one (okay, so I stretched the rules a tad…oh well!). You can see the books I read, and my ratings and links to reviews, but visiting this post. My favorite book of the challenge was Last Night In Twisted River by John Irving, with the runner up being Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Many thanks to Dana who hosted this fun challenge.  In 2010, I’ll be taking over the hosting duties for the Chunkster Challenge – hope to see you there!

pub2009challengeThe 2009 PUB Challenge was hosted once again by Michelle…and it was all about reading books published in 2009. My goal was to 9 books – and I actually did that some time ago, but just kept going. I finished 28 books (so far) this year which were published in 2009…and although I will probably read a few more before the year is out, I have decided to wrap up this challenge. You can see the books I read and their ratings and links to my reviews by visiting this page. I read some GREAT books, including some five-star ones:

  • Last Night In Twisted River by John Irving
  • A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman
  • The Mechanics of Falling by Catherine Brady
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Thanks Michelle for another great challenge!

newauth2009The New Authors Challenge encouraged readers to read new-to-me authors. Hosted by Literary Escapism, this is one of my favorite challenges. The goal was to read 50 new authors over the course of the year. So far, I have read 57…and will probably read several more before 2009 closes out. I decided to wrap up the challenge, but will continue to add new authors to my list which can be found here. Some new-to-me authors who I am eager to read more from:

Per Petterson, Joyce Hinnefeld, Jhumpa Lahiri, Catherine Brady, Benjamin Black, Tana French, Judith Ryan Hendricks, Emily St. John Mandel, Laura Lippman, Amitav Ghosh, Kathryn Stockett, Ru Freeman, Tom Piazza, and Louise Erdrich.

Many thanks to Jackie for a terrific challenge. This one will again be hosted in 2010 – hope to see you there!

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    • Kathy on November 20, 2009 at 13:03

    Wow! You did a great job with these challenges! Way to go!

    • JoAnn on November 20, 2009 at 16:43

    Congratulations on finishing all the challenges! I’ve got John Irving’s new book on my Christmas list… and 57 new authors is just amazing. Several of them are on my ‘want to read more of’ list, too.

    • Teddy on November 23, 2009 at 23:05

    Congrats on finishing! I finished all three of these as well.

  1. I didn’t do any of these this year, but I have already signed up for the new author challenge, and am looking forward to the Chunkster Challenge in 2010!

    • Wendy on November 26, 2009 at 10:06

    Kathy: Thanks! It’s nice to cross them off 🙂

    JoAnn: I love reading new authors…and it helps that I accept review books because most of the time those are new to me authors. Hope you’ll love the John Irving book!

    Teddy: Congrats right back atcha!!

    J.T.: Oh, glad you’ll join us for the Chunkster…I love that challenge 🙂

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