Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Spring Reading Thing
I like to read books in several genres, and often at the same time. I sort of have a master to-be-read list going, so I want to stick to that, with the exception that I would like to read at least one book that I find on someone else's list. I see SO many good books reviewed in the blogosphere, and then it just goes on that long master I-will-never-get-to-read list. So, I am going to take at least one book off of the Spring Reading Thing lists that I encounter as people post them. Reading all those lists detailing what people want to read and why was one of my favorite parts of the Fall into Reading Challenge.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn--I think that I bought this at the very cool bookstore we go to when we are in NYC. I know that I've heard about it, but I don't know much more about it, except that it seems to be a nice blend of fiction, and memoir which I love so much.
To Kill a Mockingbird--My town library is doing this great thing where the whole town reads a book together. Free paperback copies were distributed, and next month there will be special book groups and events including a talk by the guy who wrote the book about Harper Lee and a showing of the movie followed by discussion. Since I haven't read this since high school and it's on so many bloggers' personal favorites lists, I can't wait to read this.
Quaker Summer--I have loved everything I've read by Lisa Samson. I doubt that this will be any different.
I came across these next two titles at my addictive overstocks bookstore. They are both trade paperbacks, and were each only $3 new! I had not heard of this particular novel by Jodi Picoult, Mercy, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it. After reading Elizabeth I Royal Diary in the Fall into Reading Challenge, I was interested in learning more about that time period, and had seen The Other Boleyn Girl around a good bit. When I saw Chris' description on her sidebar as a of the books that take you to a place, I knew that I would enjoy it, because while I don't think of historical fiction as a favorite genre, I love a book that transports me into another world, such as a different place, time, or lifestyle (but don't all books do this? Isn't this why we read?).
I do not think I will read all 5 of these, but it's possible. In the fall, I read a fair bit more than I thought I would, but that included a long driving trip for Thanksgiving (where my husband drove and I read). I like to push myself, and I want to get through these books, so we'll see.
I try to read through at least one writing book at a time to keep me inspired and hopefully improve my style. I will pick a couple that are gathering dust on my shelves at the moment, so that then maybe I can buy more.
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
I'm about halfway through and would like to finish: Leads and Conclusions (doesn't that just sound SO interesting??)
Grace Based Parenting
My Heart's in the Lowlands
Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood
ACK--I already forgot and am adding a book just a few hours later. I have a review copy of Queen of the Castle on its way, and I'm very excited to dig in to the "52 weeks of encouragement for the domestically challenged."
I have really enjoyed reading non-fiction for kids (I can learn interesting facts without having to think too hard), and I love a well-written children's novel as well.
First Daughter: An Extreme American Makeover
Ben Franklin, Inventing America
I also want to continue the habit of reading aloud with Amanda that we established in the Read to Me Mission last month by selecting some books that I am interested in reading anyway:
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Mary Poppins Comes Back
Amanda's school does something called "One School, One Read" (not related to the town thing, but a similar idea), where the whole school reads the book at home and at school. The book was just revealed, and it's Toys Go Out, so we'll be reading that one first.
I have been listening to one audiobook a month, so I might get through three in this time period. I really enjoy "reading" memoirs in this way (because it's just like listening to someone telling me their story), and some memoirs that are on my list are A Girl Named Zippy, The Good, Good Pig, and One Year Off, so perhaps I will listen to those if they are available.
I will update this section after I read other participants' lists. It will either be something totally new to me or one of those "I've really been wanting to read this for a while" books.