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2011 Reading Challenges

So, I’ve either finished or failed in my 2011 challenges. I did go a little overboard when I chose twenty of them. O_o Below is a list of the challenges link to my entry post, my wrap-up post, and letting you know if I compelted or failed each challenge.

Over all, I completed 11 of the 20 challenges I entered in 2011. That’s only a success rate of 55%, but I did my best.

13 thoughts on “2011 Reading Challenges

La Coccinelle

Thanks for signing up for the E-Book Reading Challenge! Have fun!

And congrats on your upcoming wedding! :)

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    Alysha DeShaé

    Thank you! I’m sure I’ll get at least a handful of ebooks read on the way to and while in Gatlinburg. :-D

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Missie

Wow Alysha! Those are a lot of great challenges. Thank you for joining the Show Me the Free Challenge. I’m looking forward to your reviews.

Happy Reading.

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    Alysha DeShaé

    I recently (in September) discovered these online reading challenges and I figured the more challenges I do the more motivated I’ll be to read new books and not just reread my favorites over and over. :-) With your challenge, I’m going to be motivated to read some of the classics that I’ve downloaded and not gotten around to reading. I actually just loaded several onto my nook and I have more that are just lost in a jumble of folders on my hard drive!

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Lu

Thanks for joining in the Celebrate the Author challenge! I look forward to seeing which authors you use for this challenge!

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    Alysha DeShaé

    I’ve skimmed through the pdf lists you have, but I haven’t made any decisions yet… There are just soo many to choose from! :-D

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Whitney

Great list of challenges, good luck on all of them. I wanted to drop by and thank you for joining the Chronicles of Narnia Read-Along. Have a great new year!

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    Alysha DeShaé

    Thank you! I can’t wait to reread them!

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Alex (The Sleepless Reader)

So glad you’ve decided to join One, Tow Theme!

Some ideas for Mythology: Till we have faces by C. S. Lewis. And for Discovery: The First Global Village (about the Portuguese Discovery period).

Happy readin!
Alex

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    Alysha DeShaé

    I might have to look into those. I’m pretty positive that I’ve got enough books (fiction and non-fiction) for my themes already on my bookshelves. Now that I’m back from my honeymoon I’ll get to start adding details (and an entry post) for all of the challenges I’m doing!

    Maybe I should start my own challenge:
    Do As Many Challenges As Possible!
    Level 1 — Do one to three challenges, not including this one.
    Level 2 — Do four to eight challenges, not including this one.
    Level 3 — Do nine to fifteen challenges, not including this one.
    Level 4 — Do as many challenges as the crazy person who made up this challenge is doing! (Twenty, if the chunkster challenge goes again for 2011.)

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    Derya

    We finished book 4 and were ready for the last book. The pace is fast and Seth must grow up fast, escipeally after his grandparent’s home is destroyed. Good is working to overcome evil. Light is trying to win over the dark. Too bad this really is the last book in the series. We love it.

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Alysha DeShaé

Umm… I had a welcome message from the Aussie challenge that somehow ended up in the spam section… I accidentally deleted it permanently while clearing the rest of the spam. :-( I’m sorry!

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    Zaina

    Mull blew this series in the end in what is clemaid to be a planned 5 book series, but probably only in contract and not actual planning. The story lacked the positive sides of Mull’s previous books. He normally has great dialogue and interaction between children. In this book, Seth and Kendra are separated until the very end. In the previous books and Candy Shop Wars he maintained a moral of the story. In this one, there was none to be found. I personally, found what could be taken from this book on the ethical level, to have destroyed the moral points behind the rest of the series. Mull also usually has good pacing, building to a natural climax, in this, it’s hit the ground running and rammed it all together with no actual fleshing out of the plot. The entire book was anti-climatic, making a disappointing read and again invalidating the series as a whole.Without Mull’s normal good points, it makes other points horrible. All the creatures and concepts shown in this series can be found in many of the classics, leaving an author with only two options, to reinvent by truly fleshing out new mythos or remaining true the original mythos. Things like a pop surprise that the Fairy Queen is actually a unicorn and had four unicorn children with her unicorn consort is an insult to both options. An example of better writing might have been: With the Fairykind that Kendra was and Seth as a Shadow Charmer, he could have used that as a mirrored theme with the more traditional roles where the Fairy Queen’s consort was actually the Shadow King who’s traditional downfall would have been sinking to far into the darkness. It would have made more sense with the Fairy Queen punishing the astrids, instead of them fighting valiantly, but ultimately failing to defend the King from a being even she could not hope to defeat. Further, the characters in these books also had almost no fleshing out; with, this book being the worst. A character, Victor is introduced and killed in the first 50 pages. Another new character Bracken shows up, with no for-shadowing, although he was one of the key saviours of the main plot of the whole series and Kendra’s love interest. Characters that had a bit more fleshing out such as Warren are relegated to nothing more then being present. Perhaps the worst move he made, was with the Sphinx, a character built up as being evil, cruel, cold hearted, a man of trickery and deceit, of high intelligence, and inhuman patience is turned into a, misguided, caring, lenient, fool that was merely a former slave railing against prisons. Atrocious!Finally, the actual events had almost no point. An example, Seth needed to hunt down this almost impossible to find sword only to end up asking some advice, following it, and being handed the sword. Kendra meanwhile was given the ability to restore the astrids, an ability the Fairy Queen could have done herself, only for her to not even pursue it in any great length, until they were suddenly all at the last shrine with the Fairy Queen. And where there was a point, it was too easy to achieve, such as Kendra defeated a demon that the Fairy Queen and all the other warriors and creatures of the light where merely hoping to wound by chance, in an entire 3 swings of a sword.I hate writing this review, I really enjoyed the Fablehaven series up to this point. I realize it’s just a children’s series, but there are many many stories for children much better written in the end without nearly the acclaim. I had hoped that it would be a series to hold onto and point my children to once they are a bit older. Sadly, I regret buying them in hardcover and will likely donate them to a library or something.

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