Wrapping Up The Challenge

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Hey Everyone!! First of all, I have to send my most heartfelt apologies out to everyone for not updating the challenge blog more often over these last few months. It’s been a hectic few months, Dewey’s blog went down, life happened. And that’s no excuse, I know, but I am sorry guys! I do want to let every one know that we’re planning to end this celebration of Dewey’s life as a reader with a wonderful mini-challenge that Kelly at The Written World has come up with. The details will be announced on Wednesday, or around then, but for now I’ll let you know that it will involve doing something simple (or big if you wish) for your community or the blogging community and writing a post about it. Something that Dewey seemed to do each and every day.

I have to say that this has been quite the bittersweet challenge. I’ve had moments where I’ve felt overwhelmingly ecstatic and overwhelmingly sad. And I’m sure we’ve all felt that way. But the thing that I really loved about this challenge is that it kept us talking about books that Dewey recommended and it kept us talking about her. I don’t think I’m going to continue this challenge next year. If someone else would like to, you’re more than welcome to. I think it was nice though just to have this one year celebrating her. Of course, we will always celebrate Dewey. In the little things that she gave us, the big things she gave and all of our wonderful memories of her. We don’t need a challenge for that…though it was nice to have one for this year :)

I do want to thank everyone that helped Robin and I this year with this challenge and all of our wonderful mini-challenge hosts. You were all fantastic. And thanks to everyone who participated. The response was amazing and this was just incredible. Feel free to leave links to your wrap up posts in the comments. I don’t know what the final prize will be but I will put something together and I’ll draw a winner from those who leave a comment in this post. Even if you didn’t complete the challenge, just drop a comment saying you participated and I’ll put your name in the drawing. Happy reading everyone, and as always….we love you Dewey!

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18 responses to “Wrapping Up The Challenge

  1. Thank you for hosting this celebration of Dewey. :)

  2. I was a little bittersweet about ending this too. I didn’t even really know Dewey, but there’s something about reading books “together” that makes you feel like you know a person….

    Here is my wrap up post: http://www.mybitofearth.net/2009/09/deweys-books-broken-for-you.html

  3. Oh Chris. My sweet, sweet friend. There’s no need for apologies.

    You’re right…we will never stop celebrating Dewey and everything she added to our lives. Because we will never stop loving Dewey and missing Dewey. And it’s such a blessing to have such wonderful friends to share with all the sadness of missing her and all the joy of having known her.

    Love you, Chris. And thank you.

  4. I finished, didn’t do a wrap up post but I did finish. :) The list is found on my challenge blog.

    And thanks, so much, for hosting this challenge. I loved reading some of Dewey’s recommendations and seeing what others chose to read. You’re right, it was a bittersweet thing. Thanks again.

  5. I thank you all for a fun challenge. I will always remember Dewey as the purveyor of many a good review and perhaps the worst blogger for expanding my TBR pile, and for that I will always be grateful. So I am off to do some more reading… :)

  6. I think I actually finished this challenge. And I can’t remember if I did a wrap up post or not. Anyway, I loved it. Thanks for hosting.

  7. You and Robin did great, Chris. Thank you.

  8. I completed the challenge.. Thanks for hosting! Dewey introduced me to some great books this year.

  9. Finished the challenge. My wrap up post is here. Thanks for hosting this one.

  10. I wrapped up the challenge awhile back here.

    And today I participated in the mini challenge and posted this idea.

  11. Thank you for hosting, Chris and Robin! I finished the challenge this past weekend and have just posted about it. I love that Dewey is still such a big part of the book blogging community through the events she started. She’ll never be forgotten.

  12. Pingback: Dewey’s Books Challenge Wrap-Up | Books of Mee

  13. mee

    I just posted my wrap-up post. Thanks for hosting you two.

  14. Bellezza

    I do not deserve to have my name put into any pot for drawing a prize, but I did enjoy the books I completed for this challenge. Thanks for sponsoring it, Chris, and all the encouragement you give to your readers.

  15. I’ve got one last book to finish before the end of the year in order to complete the challenge! I’ll come back and give you a link to my wrap up once I’ve finished :) Thanks for hosting…

  16. Finished the last book on New Year’s Eve! Here is my link to the wrap up.

  17. J

    Thank you for hosting this challenge. I really enjoyed participating, and the books that I chose via Dewey. Here are the reviews that I wrote:

    http://jellyjules.com/?cat=37

    I read Stardust, The Road Home, How I Live Now, We Are On Our Own, and The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

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