It Ends: 2023

So the Springfield-Greene County Library 2023 Winter Reading Challenge has come to an end. In the end, I only read books in 14 of the 15 categories. I did not read a banned book, as I don’t have many banned books easily at hand, and I’ve read most of the ones I own (I think).

So here it is, the completed form:

The list includes:

Listen to a Book How I Write by Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof
Set in Space Merchanter’s Luck by C.J. Cherryh
Instructional A Beginner’s Guide to Glass Engraving by Seymour Isenberg
Religious or Spiritual Breathe! You Are Alive by Thich Nhat Hanh
Female Detective Finding Lizzy Smith by Susan Keene
Cozy The Maine Mutiny by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
Author of Color A Black Woman’s Civil War Memoirs by Susie King Taylor
Kid’s Chapter Book For the Love of Benji by I.F. Love
Under 200 Pages The Book of Irish Limericks by Myler Magrath
Banned Book
Speculative Fiction Conquistador by S.M. Stirling
Nature/Outdoors Weird Hikes by Art Bernstein
Page Turner Racing the Light by Robert Crais
Wartime Setting I’m No Hero by Charlie Plumb
Pictorial Fantin-Latour by Michelle Verrier

So I’ve read sixteen books this year, total, and I’m happy to get back to self-guided reading. I like the Winter Reading Challenge at the outset of the year, where part of the fun is picking out books from the Nogglestead stacks that fit the categories (I didn’t need a library book this year), but it does become a bit of a chore when you get to the last category or two.

I turned in my form at the Library Center on Saturday, but in a stunning turn of events, they were out of mugs. Not that I needed another, gentle reader, but it would have been a bit of a trophy. The librarian at the reference desk mentioned that they might order more and contact me when they’re available, but time will tell, and time is already nodding its head in the negative.

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