The original list (click on titles for hyperlinked reviews):
- La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith -finished March 20th. Gave to my mother.
- Redeployment by Phil Kay- finished April 9th. Book belongs to my husband and he wants to keep it.
- Ten Windows by Jane Hirshfield- started but decided it needed my full attention which I was unwilling to give at this time.
- The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom- finished March 26th. Gave to my sister.
- The Four Things that Matter Most by Ian Byock, M.D.- finished April 15th. Will keep.
- On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan- finished April 5th. It was a mini-book club selection so I placed it back in circulation for other club members to read.
- The Confessions of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street- finished on April 24th. Gave it to my daughter.
- Small Wonders by Barbara Kingsolver- started and read four or five essays but realized that my heart wasn't into it so set it aside for another time.
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson- finished April 3rd, review hyperlinked here. Added to my church library.
- The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka- finished April 12th. Want to donate to a friend who I haven't seen for a month. I'll try again soon.
I completed 8 of the original books on my list. In addition I read, or tried to read, the following books from my own shelves:
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (audiobook)- I got the audio CD set from the library book sales several years ago. I tried listening to it but the first CD wouldn't play. I could play the 2nd CD but didn't know what was going on. I decided to stop trying and threw the whole set away.
- A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen- finished April 19th. A friend gave this book to my daughter years ago, she left it behind when she moved. I hope to donate it to my other daughter or I will donate it to the library for their book sale.
- The World According to Bob by James Bowen- finished May 6th. Sequel to the above book, the two books will go out-into-the-world together.
- The Selected Poetry of Rainier Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Miller-I read the whole introduction which was over 30 pages but when I started reading the poetry I realized I am not sophisticated enough to like his poems, so I set the book aside.
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck- this is sort of cheating for this challenge because I bought the book during it. I am reading this tome for another challenge, Classics Club Spin, but have only read 100 pages or so of 600. I will be working on this book for a long time.
- The CBS Murders by Richard Hammer-I started this e-book last night. I purchased it when I got my Kindle Fire several years ago. I can't believe it is a true story and I've never heard of it before. It reads like fiction. I will finish it, but when?
In total I read ten books for the 'My Own Books' challenge and feel so good about it, I will keep going. And it is wonderful to actually free up shelf space on my book shelves by off-loading the books when I am finished. The photo shows some of my own books I want to finish by my new deadline of July 31st. As I considered the stack I realized that of the ten books shown, I purchased only three of them. All the rest were given to me or I selected from free-bins. No guarantees I will read these ten books, but my goal is to read ten more books from my own shelves by the end of July. Feel free to join me. Stay tuned.