Sunday, June 24, 2007

Spring Reading Thing (SRT) Wrap-Up

I participated in late March and completed the challenge on May 20, about a month in advance of the deadline. My reading list consists of eight books, mainly non-fiction. I only started to get serious with fiction in May 2007 (thanks to the influence from my two dear bloggie friends, Melody and Julia). Well, there is no spring in Malaysia but that doesn't mean I cannot join in the fun! Many thanks to Katrina for SRT!

On to the questions now for post-SRT:

What was the best book you read this spring?
I would say it's the last book I read for this challenge, A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink. Even though I have recently developed a passion for fiction, I am still a big fan of self-development books. See my
review here. This book offers a different of way of thinking and introduces me to lots of new materials in developing this new mind.

What book could you have done without?
I am happy to say that I have enjoyed ALL the eight books I have selected for this challenge. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler took me longer than usual to finish, but I have learned new things related to the art of reading from this 1940 classic.

Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?
I got acquainted with
E.B. White and his delightful story for children, Charlotte's Web. I went on to get a book he helped to revise entitled The Elements of Style which was originally written by his professor, William Strunk Jr. I will definitely be reading White again, especially Stuart Little (1945) and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970).

If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why? Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it?
I finished my selection one month ahead of time...

What did you learn -- about anything -- through this challenge?
I learned that there are many bookaholics out there in the blogosphere, and as a result of that, made new friends. Through my reading, I was also introduced to many new materials and went on to get them. I also get lots of practice in writing reviews and enjoyed reading the reviews of other participants.

What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing?
Read, read and more reading! Please also see the answer before this question.

Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?

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