Friday, December 28, 2007

Are Seconds Ever Enough? (2nds Challenge Wrap Up)


Often in my literary travels I come across a new author I know I will want to revisit again one day. However, it sometimes seems as if it is a long time in coming with all the other books I stop and visit along the way. Thoughts of Joy had an idea to solve that problem. Why not have a challenge that gives the reader the perfect excuse to take in a new story by a familiar author? The 2nds Challenge was born.

Participants were to read at least 3 books by authors that they have only read one other book by. I have a long list of authors who fall into this category, but I decided to read the following three:

Secondhand Smoke by Karen E. Olson - I read Sacred Cows this past summer and immediately was smitten with Karen E. Olson's mystery series. The sassy and intelligent protagonist, Annie Seymour won me over from the beginning. I could not wait to jump back into the series and visit Annie and friends again. Secondhand Smoke did not disappointment. It was a bit softer than the first book, but offered a quite a few more laughs. I found myself laughing out loud and thinking, move over Stephanie Plum. The Annie Seymour series is smart and funny all rolled into one.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - As a young girl, I had read Jacob, Have I Loved, a book that sits on my shelf still today. After hearing so much talk about the novel, Bridge to Terabithia, I thought I would give it a try. Bridge to Terabithia is such a real and human novel. It reaches out to the heart and holds on long after the last sentence is read.

The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle - It was by a lark I read Silver Bough first. I was given the opportunity to review the author's most recent book and, because of a deadline I had to meet, The Mysteries got relegated to the back burner. I did not want to put off reading The Mysteries any longer, however, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. The Mysteries took me into another world, one full of magic and the supernatural. It was an alluring world full of mystery and wonder. I hated to leave.

While second helpings of food may be more than enough, can there ever be too much of a good author's work? I hope to revisit each of these three authors again in the future.

Many thanks to Thoughts of Joy for hosting the 2nds Challenge.

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations on another 2 challenges successfully completed! And you're right, when it comes to books, 2nds are never enough. ;)

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  2. Very cute post! :) I'm glad you were successful with your choices and enjoyed the challenge.

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  3. Tanabata - Thank you! I think 2nds of books only increases the craving! Haha

    Joy - Thank you for hosting the challenge. It was a lot of fun. :-)

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  4. I tend to re-read books I love...and sometimes do it more than 5 times in a year...

    which is a little silly since there are so many new great books being publish...but sometimes, there's just nothing like re-read.

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  5. Shoshana - I rarely reread books and have only reread about five in my lifetime. I always mean to, but there are always so many new books I want to get to first. Still, I can understand the comfort people find in rereading old favorites. :-)

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  6. Wendy, congrats on completing another challenge! I am still looking for Secondhand Smoke, it seems like the local online bookstore don't have it either. I will have to keep on looking...*sigh*.

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  7. Thanks, Melody! I hope you are able to find Secondhand Smoke. I have one more challenge wrap up to post for this month and will hopefully get that up tomorrow. Whew!

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  8. Well done, Wendy! I wish I'm able to complete all my reading challenges. ;) I'm looking forward to reading your other challenge wrap up soon. :)

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  9. Congrats on finishing! I'm glad you continued to enjoy the authors you picked!

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  10. Alisia - Thank you! I admit that I was pretty sure I would like a second helping of my chosen authors. Maybe next time I'll be more daring. :-)

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