Time to check in on the progress of a reading challenge that ends in the next few days. Melissa’s Expanding Your Horizons Challenge was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for me! I focused on Hispanic/Latin American authors and read 6 books from my original list of 9 options.
It’s really hard to choose a favorite from the six I read because I liked them all very much. I know I chose well because each book turned out to be a special reading experience for me. Reading Alma Flor Ada‘s two memoirs for young people, and one of her books of folktales, opened up a wonderful communication with her in the comments section of those posts, and that interaction enriched the lives of my 2nd grade students, and this teacher! I was so impressed with Isabel Allende‘s memoir, My Invented Country, and look forward to reading her newly published memoir, The Sum of Our Days. I was completely carried away by W. H. Hudson‘s Far Away and Long Ago, an old classic that touched my heart. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real, because it introduced me to some very talented authors.
I had intended to read 100 Years of Solitude for this challenge, too, but it hasn’t happened yet … I think because I would actually like to save that book for my summer break so that I can read it uninterrupted, like I did with Love in the Time of Cholera.
I want to thank Melissa, at Book Nut, for hosting this terrific challenge. It was a great idea, and I loved the way it was organized so that you could individualize your challenge by focusing on a particular region of the world. Click here if you want to read the reviews of all the participants.
Melissa, I hope you will host it again next year because there’s a whole world of wonderful reading experiences out there, and I’m ready to sign on again and focus on another part of the world!