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.
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.
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.
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.