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Fall into Reading 2011 – Wrap Up

A little while ago you may remember I signed up to be part of Callapidder’s Fall into Reading Challenge where you choose a list of books you would like to complete by 21st of December, I signed up a little late but there was no restrictions on when you could join or how many books you could decide to challenge yourself to read. At the time I was already reading a novel (You can check out my start here) but I had read it before and I felt I was stuck in a reading rut. I had books sitting on the shelf staring at me but none of them seemed to be screaming to be read. I had a vague sense I was neglecting something I loved dearly, the written word but at the same time life was just too busy. I could not spare the time I wanted to give to a book. Being the sort of person that can become so engrossed in a good novel that I forget reality exists can be a challenge when there are mouths that depend on you for feeding and also the lack of sleep from a non sleeping 10 mth old seemed to be keeping my nose out of many a book. I would pick them up read a few pages to only place them back on the shelf to collect dust. I needed a good stiff kick up the bum if I was ever going to start reading again and so this challenge came at the exact right moment in my little world and I jumped on the bandwagon quick as a flash.

I have loved being a part of this challenge! I read two wonderful books that would have otherwise sat on my shelf collecting dust for who knows how many months, years more. But instead I discovered 2 wonderful novels full of adventure, love and pain that I enjoyed reading immensely. You can check out my quick reviews back here.

Part of The Fall into Reading Challenge involves the delightful Katrina asking us reading related questions, I have loved going over to check them out and discuss with other book lovers all sorts of book related subjects. Finding out wonderful things about other readers was insightful and my fav being that I am not the only naughty reader out there who reads in the car at traffic lights, when it’s a good book it’s just too hard to put down. But there have been many more questions and many more blog posts I have enjoyed reading along the way.

But alas as I lay in bed late at night writing or should I say typing this post I have come to the conclusion that I am not going to finish  and prehaps it is due to the fact that along the way I decided to change my last choice. After finishing my first 3 novels (see here if you like) which I decided did not classify as cheating as I had read my 4th choice anyways and I really really wanted to read ‘Inheritance’ I had been waiting years for this book to come about and could just not resist. But alas it has been sorely disappointing and I am only here (above) but I am still reading. I can not put a book down once I read a certain amount and I have gone past the point of no return and yes the book is getting better, but sadly I have to say this author has lost his way. At every turn he seems to introduce a deus ex machina to solve his plot obstacles, but it is the last in series I have enjoyed until now and I must see it to the end even if that means I do not finish this challenge. Though I have decided that this does not constitute a fail as I achieved what I set out to and that was to get out of my reading rut and get those unread books off my shelf and into my hands and that I did. Not only did I read 3 novels 2 being fantastic I already have another book I am just bursting at the seams to read and so my love for reading has been reignited and I count that as a big Pass for The Fall into Reading Challenge.

I shall be watching Callapidder closely for her next reading adventure and will definitely be joining in!!!

Merry Christmas to all




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Fall into Reading update

As you all know a while ago I joined the fall into reading challenge over here some of you even joined along :). I have so enjoyed this challenge. This year I was struggling to become involved in any novel and had even started to re-read my dirty little secret novels, but this challange has really given me the kick up the bottom I needed.

I have actually finished 3 of the 4 books I committed myself to read.

‘Maestro’ – Peter Goldsworthy,

This book was recommended to me by Duchess who had to read it for school. I’m not the biggest fan of Australian literature (very unpatriotic of me) so it has been sitting on my shelf for over 3 years now just waiting to be read, being picked up looked at, turned over but always replaced back on the shelf.

Well that was a big mistake! This book was amazingly written and through the whole experience I found myself wanting to keep reading. When I was away from the book I was thinking about the characters, what were they doing, how was it going to end what was he going to do next.

This book held my interest through out the whole time. I turly loved it, now I’m no book reviewer so I’m not going to go in details about characters and stuff but I will just say I should have read this book 3 years ago when it became a fixture of my bookshelf. Highly recommend it going on anyones to read list.

‘A farewell to Arms’ – Ernst Hemingway,

Now I’m a big fan of the classics one of my favourite authors is Tolstoy, I love war and peace but I even liked Resurrection, I love russian writers Crime and punishment being one of my favourite books.

So being a lover of the classics I have always wanted to read some Hemingway but was put off by a friends discription of Hemingway as ‘I have no idea what everyones talking about he writes like a wack’ so not such high praise and as such this book has sat unread for a time as well.

But this was another one I should have picked up long ago, It’s wonderfully wirtten (not like a wack at all :)) and I loved every moment. Though I would have to say the characters are slightly odd especially Catherine who at times I have no idea what she is going on about and seems to live in her own world.

So that’s another 3 books down and I have  so enjoyed this reading, but I have decided to change my last book. I mean I have read it already so I think swapping it for something else does not classify as cheating. And I have been waiting so long for this book  to come out I can’t wait any longer now I have it.

This is the 4th and final book in The Inhertiance cycle, Christopher Paolini was 15 when he wrote the 1st in this series and I read it way back in 2004ish so it’s been a long journey to the end.

I have started this book and am about 50 pages in and I’m not sure if it is my reading that has grown but the writer seems less capable this time around. It does not seem as well written as the others and has not hooked me straight away like the others but I will keep reading. I very very rarely start and not a finish a book. I just cannot half read a book even if I hate the book I must read till the end. Does anyone else out there do the same thing, what book have you read just because you must finish it??

Well I’m off to snuggle in bed with my book and some knitting

night night all





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