juliette_m_m (juliette_m_m) wrote,

Winter Reading Challenge - A Wrap Up

 These were my choices for this challenge that ends today March 19th.

War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Surviving with Wolves:  The Most Extraordinary Story of World War II Misha Defonseca (888) completed
I Have Lived A Thousand Years Livia Bitton-Jackson (888) completed
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston (ZNH) completed
The Giver Lois Lowry (Newbery, Book Awards)
When The Emperor Was Divine (888, Book Around The World) completed 

As a wrap up to this adventure I will refer back to the original challenge we were given by Inksplasher in which she suggested the following

' i would like to suggest that we stretch a little. If you normally read fiction, put at least one non-fiction on your list (and vice versa). Or try a genre you don’t usually read. (I may have to read another romance.) Or try a new author chosen totally at random. But most importantly, make your list FUN so you'll want to read!'

My list was certainly fun but more importantly fulfilling.  As a quick glance at the list may suggest I did stretch myself in many ways.  This was especially evident as I read the Zora Neale Thurston dialect.  As for War and Peace this was the most amazing and wonderful book I have ever read - and has motivated me to read the Levear and Volokhonsky version of Anna Karenina.  The memoir genre that turned out to be a fiction read after all was another interesting read - probably for all the wrong reasons!   Finally the view of war in the USA for Japanese nationals was a complete revelation to me.  The joy of this book was that it was a gift from a dear web friend and thus epitomised the pleasure and joy I have discovered since reading along with my new found friends on the web.

Favorite book of the challenge - War and Peace
Least favorite book of the challenge - Surviving With Wolves
Any new authors read in this challenge - Zora Neale Hurston and Julie Otsuka
What I learned - that variety is the spice of life!

Thank you Karlene for hosting!
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