Sunday, August 31, 2008

Wrap up - Summer Book Trek 2008

The Summer Book Trek 2008 is over, and I enjoyed participating. I decided to keep my LDS reading list small in order to make it achievable, and that tactic worked. You see, I also read books in the national marketplace not by LDS authors. These are usually books from the library on cassette tape or CD. With the eye problems I've had in the last two years, I thought I could manage four real-live books in the allotted time. I could, and found the reads enjoyable.

Our sponsor asked that we consider answering the following questions, so here are my thoughts:

1. How many fiction books by LDS authors did you read? Four.

2. Did you read more than you would have read if you hadn't participated in this book trek? Yes. I read more LDS fiction in one stretch than I would have in other circumstances.

3. Did the reviews posted by other participants influence which titles you read? How? No. I already had a list. However, I substituted one book for that of an author I interviewed on my blog. Ironically, I was reading it exactly at the time the subject matter was covered in Sunday School.

4. Did the Whitney awards influence which titles you read? How? No. I read 2008 titles.

5. Did the many, many virtual blog tours that happened this summer influence which titles you read? How? No. I didn't want to add to my required list, but there are new titles on my TBR pile.

6. Did you finish all the books you had planned to read? If not, why? Yes. I limited myself to one book a month and one extra.

7. Did you discover any new authors whom you now love? I did.

8. Did you nominate any of the books you read for Whitney awards? Not yet.

9. Would you be interested in another LDS themed reading challenge either this winter, or next summer? Yes, if you keep the amount of guilt involved the same. I liked that this was a no-guilt, read-only-one-novel-if-you-want challenge. I chose to read four. I could do that, fitting the LDS books between my regular, national mystery reading and other tasks in my schedule. I liked the balance. Thank you.


  1. Marsha - I enjoyed the reading challenge, too. I hope to see you at the next one!

  2. You did better than me, Marsha. I only read 2 books. And, I liked the "no guilt" part, too.


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