26 March 2009

Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge: Wrap-Up

Thanks to Melissa at Book Nut for hosting this fun challenge. The theme of the Well-Seasoned Reader challenge was "interesting people, amazing places, and good food." Who could resist!

For the rules of the challenge, visit Melissa's post here. For my original book list, click here. I did have to make one substitution: When I made up my reading list, I had no idea the Cleopatra book was so long! Thus I had to find a short third book so I could finish the challenge on time.

Reading List

Click on the link for my review; my rating is in parentheses.

Criterion 1: There must be a food name in the title
House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar (C+)

Criterion 3: There must be a place name in the title
The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Carolyn Chute (B-)

Criterion 5: The book must be about a specific culture
The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Maragret George (B+)

The Cleopatra book was by far my favorite of the three, and The Beans of Egypt, Maine was the oddest. I just noticed that all the books are about cultures or parts of society that are different from my own and two are historical fiction. I always say that I'm interested in books that take me to different places and/or different times, and my reading list for this challenge supports that statement.

Thanks again, Melissa for hosting. To see the other wrap-up posts, visit the Book Nut here.


Julie P. 3/26/09, 7:39 AM  

I have the Cleopatra book on my shelves, but I haven't picked it up yet -- it's hardcover and huge. But I am tempted after reading your review.

bermudaonion 3/26/09, 8:35 AM  

Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

Dorte H 3/26/09, 8:42 AM  


I remember seeing this one some time ago, and I actually thought about joining in. I thought it might be an advantage that I read books in 3-4 languages: if the title did not fit in one language, it might do so in another :D

Nely 3/26/09, 9:58 AM  

Way to go Beth!

J. Kaye 3/26/09, 6:29 PM  

Way to go! :) Love when this happens, don't you? Leaves me with such a satisfied feeling.

Margot 3/26/09, 8:12 PM  

Good for you - a sense of accomplishment plus some great reading. Good combo.

Sandy Nawrot 3/26/09, 8:13 PM  

I shall be proud if I finish one challenge, the way I am going! Way to go!

Sandra 3/26/09, 9:58 PM  

Good for you. I finished mine quite early but only because I often choose books about different cultures or places than those I'm part of too. I never read books about food so that was the hardest one for me. This was a good challenge, I'd do it again. My wrap-up post is here:


Melody 3/27/09, 3:59 AM  

Congrats on finishing the challenge, Beth!!

Melissa 3/27/09, 1:32 PM  

That's a good list you finished with, Beth. And I'm glad you enjoyed the challenge. I definitely enjoyed reading everyone's reviews!

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books 3/27/09, 10:00 PM  

You should get extra credit for the Carolyn Chute book - food *and* a place name in the title!

Congrats on finishing the challenge.

Jenners 3/29/09, 7:51 PM  

What a fun and creative challenge!

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