Mar 21, 2008

Book Awards Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Books completed:
Best book I read for the challenge?
Ohh, a tricky question. A lot of the books I read for this challenge became new favourites of mine. I cannot possibly pick just one. I think my absolute favourites were The God of Small Things (I think I have mentioned this before, but it's been months since I've read this book, and every now and then the ending still comes to my mind and makes me want to cry), The Remains of the Day, The Color Purple, Thomas the Rhymer, On Beauty and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

Book I could've done without?
It is a pleasure to say none.

Any new authors? Will I read them again?
Yup, lots of new authors. In fact, the only ones that weren't new to me were Salman Rushdie, Ursula Le Guin and Haruki Murakami. I am definitely going to read these new to me authors again. I have already read another book by Michael Chabon in the meantime, and I am eager to read more Zadie Smith (so much that I mooched White Teeth the other day). I am sad that there is no more fiction by Arundhati Roy to read, but one day I'll read her non-fiction. I have Love and Jazz by Toni Morrison to read, and I MUST read more Kazuo Ishiguro and John Crowley and Ellen Kushner.

Best thing about the challenge?
I think that nothing beats the fact that this challenge made me discover some new favourite books. Many of them were books I had been meaning to read for years, but who knows when I would have found the time and motivation. Also, the challenge blog was a very rich source of reading suggestions. Some books were read by several challenge participants, and it was interesting to see so many different takes on the same book. Thank you, 3M, for hosting what is one of my favourite challenges to date.


  1. Now, this is an impressive list of books completed! Well done.

  2. Congratulations on finishing this challenge! I agree with Dark Orpheus, that's an impressive list...And I've enjoyed all your reviews!

  3. Congratulations! You have chosen some fascinating books that I did not dare brave yet! Just looking at this encourages me to read some of these books someday. I am glad that you enjoyed this challenge.

  4. I am so glad I read your review of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay review. I got it for Alex and he still goes on about it. He says it is one of the best books he has ever read and is trying to get me to read it (I will at some point I promise!).

  5. Congrats on completing the challenge, Nymeth! I'll have to check out the books you reviewed, especially those listed as your favourites. :)

  6. Great job, Nymeth! I've enjoyed reading your reviews of your awards choices. :-)

  7. Congrats, Nymeth! What a wonderfully varied list of books, and I love that you ended up finding new favorites through this challenge! And one of the many things I love about challenges is the way they get you off your butt and finally get you to actually read books you've really been wanting to read anyway!

    Great job, Nymeth!

  8. Some excellent books~ Congratulations!

  9. That is an incredibly impressive list of books! I think I want to read all of them. lol

  10. Dark Orpheus and Robin: Thank you :)

    Orchidus: You should! They are all very much worth reading.

    Rhinoa: I'm very glad he enjoyed it so much. I hope you do too!

    Melody and Darla: Thanks :)

    Debi: I love that about challenges too. We all complain about the pressure sometimes, but setting a deadline for ourselves does have the advantage of actually getting us to read those books now rather than in 10 years :P

    Jenclair, thank you :)

    Andi: You totally should!

  11. Wow! Well done. That's a great list of books you got through. I've only read 6 so far but I still do have 3 months so I'm going to do my best to finish this one. I haven't spent much time at the challenge blog lately, but I should.

  12. Congrats on completing your challenge! That's great that you enjoyed all the books. You know, one of these days I may just have to give The God of Small Things another try. I tried to read that a long time ago and couldn't get into it but well, maybe now I'd like it. Remains of the Day is my favorite Ishiguro novel but if you want to try another of his books I highly recommend The Unconsoled. Such an odd book - in a good way of course :)

  13. Tanabata, 3 months is still plenty of time. I hope you enjoy the rest of your picks!

    Iliana, I'm definitely going to look for The Unconsoled. It actually took me a while to get into The God of Small Things too, but by the end I was completely in love with it.

  14. Such a great list, Nymeth--and congrats on finishing! I think I actually found your blog originally through this challenge. :) I'll have to look for your review of God of Small Things (can't remember if I've read it or not); I'll be reading it later this year and have heard mixed reviews.

    The thing I love most about challenges is the discovery of fantastic books/authors. Glad this was the case for you!

  15. You're welcome, and thanks so much for participating. I enjoyed reading your reviews!


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