Thursday, September 21, 2006

My Fall Reading List

Ever since Katrina announced this idea, I've been really excited about it. I've put a lot of thought into as well. I wrote about why making this list appealed to me so much earlier this week, if you'd like to check out What I Read and Why. Here is my rather ambitious list, and why I chose each book:


Wishing on Dandelions
is the follow up to Watching the Tree limbs, which I reviewed recently.

Catcher in the Rye--I will be reading this because I never have, and it's always one of those books you hear about.

a Jane Austen book, other than Pride and Prejudice, to be determined by availability (or swaying in the comments here), but I was thinking of Mansfield Park.

Elizabeth I, The Royal Diaries--This Young Adult series of books seems right up my alley. I have been curious about this and the Dear America series, so I picked out one that looked interesting to me. I love learning about a historical period through fiction when it's well written and interesting and accurate. So, we'll see if this fits the bill.

The Known World-- I think this is kind of heavy (and long), so I might leave it for last. My friend lent me this book. We read a couple of books this summer that the other had read, and it was nice to be able to discuss them. In fact, Laura, at Here and Now, commented and linked to a couple of posts she had recently enjoyed about why you should read what your friends (and children) read. Interesting, and worth noting.

Arms of Deliverance is a novel set in World War II. I have recently been offered the chance to review it, and can't wait to check it out, and I want to get to it soon, so I'm adding it to my list.

Another book that I think I will be reviewing is Lisa Samson's Straight Up, so hopefully I will get it in as well.

Non-fiction reads:

Eat, Play and Be Healthy--I love reading up on nutrition, as it inspires me to eat better. This book is specifically about kid's nutrition, so I can't wait to find out how the whole family can improve our nutrition.

The Greatest Generation
--I have started this (barely), but I really want to finish it. I've enjoyed what I've read, but it's the kind of book that could sit on my nightstand a while without some prompting.

Generation Next Parenting looks like a quick and fun read.

The Birth Order Book
--When I was at the library looking for some books, I came across this one. I've heard good things about Kevin Leman's parenting books, but have never read them, and I have always been fascinated by birth order and personality. I probably shouldn't add this to my list, but I can't wait to dig in (in fact, I DID dig in and am now 100 pages into it already).

And two books from my recent Amazon order:

The Whole Truth--another nutrition (and recipe) book, written by Andrea Beamer, of the Top Chef fame.

Page after Page
--a book on writing that looks interesting and helpful. I enjoyed studying up about the craft of writing this summer. I would like to always have some book like this on my nightstand to keep growing.

With Amanda:

Freddy Goes to Florida--we discovered Freddy at an overstock bookstore when we bought Freddy Goes to the North Pole. It was a delightful, old-fashioned, funny book with social commentary that I appreciated and colorful and humorous language that we both appreciated. I was happy to find this book and many others by Walter Brooks in our library last week, so we will start it soon as our next read aloud.

With Kyle:

I have been lax in reading to him lately, so I was glad when Katrina specifically encouraged us to include books in the challenge that we'd like to read to our children. There is a great series of books that I read to Amanda. It really helped her grasp mathematical concepts and reading without me purposefully teaching them. They are called My First Steps to Reading and My First Steps into Math, by Jane Belk Moncure.

I think that I will focus on two letters and one number a month, so we can maybe get through First Steps into Math number books one through three, and My First Steps into Reading letter books A - F. The My First Steps into Reading are expensive, as I found as I was looking for a link. I think that I ordered them through a Scholastic club (indeed--here is the link), and then I bought the number ones at a used bookstore for $1 each. These books all have the library binding, and will last for generations. I found a great deal on the whole letter set here, but if you ever come across these at a library sale, used bookstore, or garage sale, buy them, and after searching amazon, you will also see that the club is a great deal. Okay, off my soapbox now. . . .

In summary--eight fiction books, including the one I'm reading with Amanda, and six non-fiction. I will have to do a lot of reading to finish all of these, but they were all books I wanted to target. I'll probably review some of them as I go along and give an overall report at the end of the challenge. I imagine that I will end up reading at least seven of the fiction, and perhaps four or five of the nonfiction?

Would you like to join us? Go over to Katrina's and link your list so we can all share the book love. You don't have to be as boringly detailed as I was. I can't wait to check out the other lists myself.


Beck said...

Great list! I started the Known World, was intriqued - then it was due at the library so I unthinkingly returned it, never to be borrowed again. You'll have to let me know how it turns out.

Katrina said...

Great list. I've read the Birth Order book and enjoyed it - I love all kinds of books about personality, what makes people tick, etc. I'm curious about quite a few of the books on your list, so I look forward to hearing your impressions. And Freddy Goes to Florida looks good - I'll have to check out the Freddy books.

Melissa said...

Sounds like a good list. I hope to tackle more challenging reads after the holidays.

Mansfield Park, if I remember, was okay. I would choose Emma for my Jane Austen read, though.

Let me know how the parenting book goes...I may have to buy that & read it myself.

aggiejenn said...

Looks like a great list! Keep us updated on how it's going.

stephanie said...

I read Pride and Prejudice this summer for the first time and LOVED it. I've put Emma on my list for the challenge.

Anonymous said...

That is a great list :) I'm going to look for some of those at my library, thanks for sharing :)

Robin said...

Oh, my, thanks for the reminder to pull my list together. I'm a bit scared to "put it out there", cause goodness knows I don't wanna be accountable. :)

Wish reading blogs could count as a book ;)

Susanne said...

Wow! That is some list! Now that you've mentioned it, I think I'd like to add Pride & Prejudice to my list. I've never read it. See I knew this would happen. That's why I kept my list on the smaller side. I knew I'd be adding once I started to read what everyone else was reading.

lady laura said...

Emma is a good choice, as the others said. I don't know if Mansfield Park is for everyone as I know many Austenites who disliked it compared with the other works. I personally loved it, as I think you know. But then, I love Jane Eyre too.

Don't forget about Sense and Sensibility....

Terra: said...

Those look awesome! I can see your love for historical novels in your choices. :)
I think I might add that Generation Next book to my list. It sounds interesting.
Thanks for commenting on my blog, too! Do you miss Texas? I'm a former Canuck, so I miss the seasons!!

Barbara H. said...

Pretty ambitious list!! I've not heard of most of them -- it will be interesting to read your reviews.

twiga92 said...

I've looked at the Birth Order stuff before. Personality typing interests me. I do have a lot of the characteristics of a first-born. It'll be interesting to see what you think.

Gail said...

Enjoyed your list...I've wanted to read the Greatest Generation but just never have. I did read the Birth Order Book when my 4 kids were babies & really liked it. Thought it was helpful & my kids seemed to fall into the categories he talked about.

Erin said...

I've read several of the Royal Diaries, but can't remember if I've read the Elizabeth I one...

Anonymous said...

Great list! Will be checking back to see how you liked these books, I love the list....if you can't get Mansfield Park, I recommend Sense and Sensibility! Enjoy. I found out about the challenge via your blog, so thanks Jennifer!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Great list - I am going to look for those Tricia Goyer books, they look really interesting. I read the Zion books that are set in WWII and really enjoyed them (Brock and Bodie Thoene wrote them).

I look forward to reading about thoughts on many of these :)

Happy Reading!

Anonymous said...

This is good list--varied and challenging. I should read some Jane Austen books. My mother read The Greatest Generation, and she loved it. Enjoy!

Susan said...

This is a great list. I haven't read many of these. I should put up what I'd like to read with my kids, but haven't done that yet, either. Happy Reading to you!!

mizbooks said...

Nice list! :o) I'm hoping to get my copy of "Generation Next Parenting" soon... Tricia's blog had a thing where you could request a copy to review, and she said she'd send one. :o)

Happy reading!

PastorMac's Ann said...

This is a great list. I love it that you have a "Cooking Fall into Reading" list. I thought doing that too. I have nearly as many cook books by my bed to read as I have other books.

I liked the Birth Order Book. I'd be interested to hear your impressions. I've started Pride and Prejudice but couldn't get past the first few chapters.

Anonymous said...

If you don't get to read Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensability is another excellent read. I'm supposed to be getting that Tricia Goyer book soon too. Looking foward to reading it.
and just to let you know I'm giving away 2 copies of Dark Hour by Ginger Garrett on my blog, so if you want another book to read just stop on over!

Monica - books are our friends said...

I've read somewhere that Mansfield Park is Austen's best work, so good choice. Love Catcher in the Rye.