January 2, 2008
The Armchair Traveler Reading Challenge Summary
This really is hardly worth the time to post, but it goes against my nature to leave things incomplete.
I had such good intentions of reading everything on my original list, but only managed to read TWO of the TEN chosen. Sigh. I need to learn to get by on less sleep so I can read more.
Thank you, Lesley, for hosting the challenge. I guess I wound up having so much fun on my real vacations this year that I didn't need to escape via your Armchair challenge. Maybe next year?
True North: Exploring the Great Canadian Wilderness by Bush Plane by George Erickson
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer House by George Howe Colt
A Garden in Lucca: Finding Paradise in Tuscany by Paul Gervais
On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis
The Hills of Tuscany: A New Life in an Old Land by Ferenc Máté
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy by Frances Mayes
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
Completed books (click on title to read my review):
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (3.5/5)
On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis (4.5/5)
Best book(s) I read for the challenge:
That's easy. On Rue Tatin. I so want to go to France now!
Books I could've done without:
Well, I enjoyed the Bryson book, but I didn't love it. Probably wouldn't have been the end of the world if I had never read it.
Any new authors? Will I read them again?
I've only listened to Bryson on audio, so I'd consider both of these authors as new-to-me. In spite of the mediocre reaction to the Bryson book, I'd be willing to read more by him. And, I'd definitely read more by Loomis. Even her cookbooks!
Best thing about the challenge? What did I learn?
Bottom line? I learned that I like to make lists. ;)