You may remember, but probably not, that I did a summer reading program this summer. I challenged readers to read at least 5 books so they could win some prizes. I got stickers and prizes and made forms to help people track things for the 10 weeks of the event.
I expected nobody to participate.
Imagine my surprise when 3 people I didn’t even know signed up.
Then the challenge started and I read 23 books over 10 weeks:
- Finding the Dream by Roberts, Nora
- Rebecca by Maurier, Daphne du
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Kesey, Ken
- Gaudy Night by Sayers, Dorothy L.
- The Fall by del Toro, Guillermo
- Holding the Dream by Roberts, Nora *
- The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr Norris/Goodbye to Berlin by Isherwood, Christopher
- Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Stevenson, Noelle
- The Martian by Weir, Andy
- The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Hammer, Joshua
- Chasing Vermeer by Balliett, Blue
- Killer Smile by Scottoline, Lisa
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Rowling, J.K.
- The Girl on the Train by Hawkins, Paula
- The Southpaw by Harris, Mark
- Daring to Dream by Roberts, Nora
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Rowling, J.K.
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Bray, Libba
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Rowling, J.K.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Rowling, J.K.
- Things Fall Apart by Achebe, Chinua
- The Golden Bowl by James, Henry
- What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal by Heller, Zoë
I forgot about the challenge for a few weeks when no other responses came in. I assumed that all three of the participants had fizzled out with summer. I mean, it is only the first time I tried this. I wouldn’t be upset if this was a failure.
Then yesterday, the last day of the challenge, I got an email from 2 of the participants with their reading lists! One did get through 5 books over the summer and another got through 34 books! THIRTY-FOUR! I am so jealous of getting that much read. Not that I regret the things I was doing when not reading.
So, congratulations Lisa-Marie and and Mable! Thank you for doing this challenge with me. Since it was just two of you, I am going to send you both prizes. More to come though… I have to work out some details about international stuff.
I am so going to do this again next summer! Maybe 6 people will participate…