Melody
Reading challenges are fun, and they are so addictive. However, this year I did not do as well as compared to last year, simply because I have lost interest of the books that I had listed long ago, or my reading mood got in the way. I think the latter is the main issue for the incompletion of these challenges. Anyway, this will not stop me from participating in more challenges next year. After all, reading is about pleasure, isn't it?



1) Blue Justice by Illona Hans
2) Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories by Jeffrey Archer
3) Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie
4) Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
5) Into The Storm by Suzanne Brockmann
6) The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman


tl;dr Challenge

1) Books of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
2) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield





2008 TBR Challenge

1) One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
2) Stars by Nora Roberts
3) P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
4) Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson
5) Forbidden by Suzanne Brockmann
6) Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard
7) Next To Die by Marliss Melton
8) My Lover's Lover by Maggie O'Farrell
9) The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi
10) Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
11) Almost Noon by Alice Sebold
12) First Drop by Zoe Sharp
Alternates:
1) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
2) Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
3) A Student of Living Things by Susan Richards Shreve
4) In The Woods by Tana French


The Short Story Reading Challenge

1) Holidays Are Hell by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu & Vicki Pettersson
2) Hell On Heels by Julie Kenner, Kathleen O'Reilly & Dee Davis
3) Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman




I had enjoyed reading these books, but my favourites will be The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly and In the Woods by Tana French.

15 Responses
  1. violetcrush Says:

    Congratulations on your challenges. I have already joined 2 challenges for the next year, but i think i'll add books later.
    I have Fragile things, i followed your review link and i must say i am tempted to push the book to the top of my TBR pile.


  2. Melody Says:

    Violet, these reading challenges are just too addictive! I don't think anything will stop me from participating them! LOL.

    I'm glad you'll be reading Fragile Things soon! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. :)


  3. Alice Teh Says:

    Hi Melody, congratulations for completing your reading challenges! You did very well! :D


  4. Melody Says:

    Thanks, Alice! I wish I've done better, LOL. But I did complete the other one, The Pub Challenge 2008.

    I think you did very well for the reading challenges this year! :)


  5. Ladytink_534 Says:

    Still, looks like you read some good ones! Congrats! I actually joined more than one or two for 2009 this time.


  6. Melody Says:

    I'd a great time participating in these challenges, Jen! I'm definitely looking forward for more next year!


  7. Josette Says:

    I did poorly in my 2008 challenges and I hope to do better next year. In fact, I've signed up for more challenges! I can't help signing up for them. Kind of scary though. :)


  8. Nymeth Says:

    You said it well, Melody. It's all about having fun. You got to read some great books and that's what matters :)


  9. Dar Says:

    Congrats Melody. You did really well. I didn't complete mine this year although I didn't do many this year. I'll be doing more next year but you know I will take what you said-even the challenges should be for pleasure so even if you don't finish, you still had fun reading what you did.


  10. Melody Says:

    Josette - They're so addictive, aren't they? I can't wait for the new year to arrive! I'm ready for the challenges I've signed up! ;)

    Nymeth - I think that's the best thing about participating in reading challenges - exploring new authors and find that you like their books!

    Dar - I can't wait to see what you challenges you're joining next year! And yep, it's all about having fun! :)


  11. naida Says:

    Good work with the challenges, even if I dont complete them, its always fun to try :)
    and these challenges are super addictive...lol
    i've got p.s. I love you in my TBR, loved that movie!

    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  12. Sandra Says:

    This is the first year I've done challenges and I can't get enough of them myself. I've read the Jefferey Archer stories, Amsterdam (I left a comment on your review), and a different book by Carol Goodman that I enjoyed, The Lake of Dead Languages. I too enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale and My Lover's Lover by Maggie O'Farrell. After You were Gone and the Esme Lennox books by her are much better though, I thought. I will try The Book of Lost Things and In The Woods. I've joined a lot of challenges recently, although several of them are long term. Happy reading.


  13. Melody Says:

    Naida - You joined more challenges than me, Naida! :) And you're right they're fun and addictive! I haven't watched that movie yet so I'm looking forward to seeing it if I've the chance.

    Sandra - I can't get enough of these challenges too! ;P I'm hoping you'll read The Book of Lost Things and In the Woods soon because they're really good IMO.


  14. I was in a similar situation as you, Melody, with the challenges this year. I did not fair too well on most of them. My reading went in a completely different direction. And yet here I sit thinking of all the wonderful challenges I would like to join next year. :-) I'm a glutton for punishment.


  15. Melody Says:

    Wendy - LOL! I totally agree with you about thinking of joining those wonderful challenges next year! I'm trying to restrain myself from participating whenever I see a new challenge being introduced. ;)