Saturday, November 01, 2008

over already?!!

I can't believe how fast RIP III went by. I don't think I'm ready to let go just yet. But anyway, many, many thanks to Carl, challenge host extraordinaire, for yet another wonderful experience!

Though I didn't read nearly as many books as some, I did actually manage to meet my stated goals, plus a few extras.

*The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

*We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

*Dracula by Bram Stoker

*Daphne du Maurier's Classics of the Macabre

*The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

*The Floods: Good Neighbors by Colin Thompson

*The Witches by Roald Dahl

Only one was a disappointment (The Floods)...the rest were all truly wonderful! A few are likely to make my top ten list for the year.

Oh, and as I was linking up some reviews on my challenge blog, I noticed that I actually finished Becky's Initial Challenge as well. I know I changed my status to "unofficial" for most challenges, but it still feels mighty good to have actually finished. Thanks, Becky!

And while I'm talking about reading challenges, let me mention Annie's What's In a Name 2 challenge. (And yes, I'll probably bring it up another half a dozen times before it starts.) Anyway, it's actually a pretty easy challenge to complete, so I hope you'll think about joining in!

By the way, anyone who has completed this year's What's In a Name Challenge should pop over to this post and leave a comment so you can be entered in the final contest (Annie's giving away a $20.00 Amazon gift certificate to one person who completes the challenge and answers the question on the post).

Well, it's going to be tough to get in my computer time during the coming month...Annie started NaNoWriMo this morning, so I imagine she'll be hogging the computer. But I guess I have to forgive her, as her computer usage will be far more productive than mine ever is. :)
She wasn't technically allowed to join as an adult, which means her site won't be open for outsiders to view, so I think she plans to do a post on her blog each day updating her progress. Keep your fingers crossed for her...she set her goal at 50,000 words again. And good luck to any of you other brave, ambitious souls who are participating as well!


Trish said...

Wow you read a lot of books for the RIP! Glad they were mostly all good. And thanks for posting a link to the new What's in a Name challenge. What great categories for next year!! I'll have to put on my thinking cap and see what I have on the shelf that will work.

And Go Annie!!

Jean said...

Glad to hear Annie is trying NaNo again. I mailed a letter to her this morning, and NaNo was one of the things I mentioned.

Chris said...

Good to hear that Annie is doing NaNo again!!! Wish her luck for me. You read some fantastic books for RIP and put quite a few on my wishlist. I think I am going to join Annie's challenge next's just too cool to pass up. I'll do that one and Carl's 2. I'm almost finished What's in a Name for this year, I just need a weather event title!

Dewey said...

Go Annie! I'm joining her in this scary, scary adventure! I never thought I would participate in nanowrimo, but the other day I just had a story pop into my head, and it seemed like perfect timing.

DesLily said...

Congrats on finishing 2 challenges!

I have no doubt that Annie will manage to do just fine at the Nano writing too!

Nymeth said...

Congratulations on finishing the challenges! You read such great books for RIP. I'm close to finishing the Initials Challenge too...I'm currently reading my last book.

That's so great that Annie is doing NaNo again. I have no doubt that she'll succeed!

Dawn said...

I admire all of the reading that you do. I wish I had more time in a day. I have a couple of books sitting waiting for me to start!

take care,

Stephanie said...

Yeah...I'm with you. I'm not quite ready to give up the RIP yet!! You'd think after 2 months of almost non-stop vampires, I'd be ready to throw in the towel. But no. Not quite.

Good luck to Annie on the NaNo again. I'm sure she'll do famously!! I'm also going to sign up for her challenge again. I just need to pick me out some books!

Melody said...

Woohoo! All the best to Annie for doing Nano! I've great faith in her that she'll make it! :)