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A Giveaway, A Challenge Wrap-Up, and A Resolution Broken

January 10, 2008

Today’s the last day to enter my book giveaway drawing. :) Just leave a comment on Resolutions and Challenges ’08 (it’s easier for me if all the entrants are on the same thread) if you want a chance to win Ex Libris or The Collector. Post a link to the contest on your blog for an extra chance at winning!

Remember how I had promised myself not to buy or mooch any books until I’ve read all of the ones on my bookshelf? Well, I’m sticking to the no buying part, but I’ve decided to, ahem, modify the no mooching part. I can only mooch books for challenges, and only if I don’t have something on my bookshelf that will qualify and the library does not have it. So, I’ve mooched Les Mis for Danielle’s group read, The Bluest Eye for next month’s Reading Dangerously selection and Song for the Blue Ocean for the Planet Earth challenge. Also, I’m not listing books to give away, unless I need a point for a challenge book, which should keep my points balance too low for me to be able to indulge in random mooching! I still have the best of intentions, I swear. :)

Finally (and a touch ironically), the From the Stacks challenge wrap-up! For this challenge, participants had to choose five books that they already owned and read them between November and January.  Additionally, some participants chose not to buy any new books until January 31st.  I thought this was a good idea, so I went for it as well (I did fail, once, at a glorious used bookstore where I picked up an omnibus of E.M. Forster-I’d been looking everywhere for him-, a collection of Byatt stories, and Trollope’s The Warden).  The books I read were (linked to the reviews):
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King
Noctures by John Connolly
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Innocent Blood by P.D. James

The best book: Nocturnes, because it was such a showcase of the author’s versatility and power.
What book could I have done without? Maisie Dobbs wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, but it was a fun read during the flashback parts, so I appreciated that.
Any new authors? Yep-Jacqueline Winspear and John Connolly.
Books I did not finish: None!
What did I learn from this challenge? I learned that not buying books is physically possible, first of all. :D I also learned that John Connolly is an incredible writer, and the secret of Mary Russell’s family tragedy, which was kind of nice after reading hints through seven books! This was a neat challenge, that I finished a month early (I love mysteries!), and I thank Overdue Books for hosting it. It’s always good to be reminded of all the great books on my shelves!

As always, thanks to Nyssaneala for the idea to have questions.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2008 4:21 pm

    Congrats on finishing the challenge! And I’m not familiar with Nocturnes, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about Connolly. I recently added The Book of Lost Things to my TBR, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. verbivore permalink
    January 11, 2008 4:35 am

    I also swore off book buying and mooching but I won’t be able to keep the no mooch rule applied. I already mooched three books yesterday :-)

    I will be curious to hear your thoughts on The Bluest Eye. Read it last year and, although it was difficult, it convinced me on Toni Morrison’s unparalleled writing skills.

  3. January 11, 2008 6:35 am

    Andi, I did a review of Nocturnes awhile ago-it’s a horror short story collection, and it was soooo good! I’m looking forward to The Book of Lost Things as well. :)

    Verbivore, glad I’m not the only weak one! You should be able to read lots of reviews on The Bluest Eye because of the Year of Reading Dangerously challenge. :D I’ve only read Beloved by Morrison, but I was very impressed!

  4. January 11, 2008 7:11 am

    Congratulations on finishing the TBR Challenge. I couldn’t even begin to make a resolution to not buy any books. I don’t even mooch because I don’t want to get rid of any of the books that I have. I know — I think it’s a sickness. I have ordered The Book of Lost Things and Nocturnes by Connolly because I have heard such great things about him. Have a great weekend!

  5. January 11, 2008 7:30 am

    Eva, I should definitely get hold of it then! I’m on a new horror kick after reading Heart-Shaped Box. :D

  6. January 12, 2008 4:20 pm

    Lisa, we all have our obsessions! Hopefully you know a good carpenter. ;) I’ll look forward to your thoughts on Connolly.

    Andi, I read that last fall, and it put me on an attempted horror kick as well!

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