Thursday, March 20, 2008

My Spring Reading Thing List

Since I totally botched my Fall 2007 challenge, I've been trying to figure out how to best make a list for this one. It's not that I didn't read. I read a LOT of books. It's just that it was hard to plan, especially since I never know what I might be asked to read for my review column at 5 Minutes for Mom.

I will also be taking an incredible week-long beach trip in May with my husband (which means lots of reading while sitting on the beach), and two airplane trips (totally alone) in April, which also means much time for reading, so that will enable me to get in more than a standard amount of reading.

These are some of the fiction titles sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I predict that I will read 6 to 10 novels with many of them from this list hopefully:

by Melody Carlson
Symphony of Secrets by Sharon Hinck
Girls in Trucks
Carpool Diem
The Host by Stephanie Meyer (I haven't read the Twilight books, but have heard she's great)
Mrs. Perfect
Pilgrims by Elizabeth Gilbert
Harry Potter number 5 (and maybe 6 and 7)

Biography/Memoir/Humor/Travel--I predict that I will read 7 or more from this genre. Okay, it's not really "a" genre, but many times it crosses over (like the travel memoir I just read and loved, Almost French), and this is what I've been reaching for first when I have a moment to read. If the library at the beach resort has books in this category, I will probably choose them over a novel, so I may add some interesting titles to the list that are just waiting for me to read them.

The Middle Place
(I'm halfway through this one now)
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (I just finished listening to his first book, The Know-It-All, which was hysterical, and a great choice as an audiobook--very well done).
Three Cups of Tea
Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks
The Film Club
Beautiful Boy
The Woman Who is Always Tan and Has a Flat Stomach
Honeymoon with my Brother
Road Map to Holland

Other Non-Fiction--I predict 4 to 8 of these will get read:

Sacred Marriage
The DNA of Relationships
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
Experiencing the Resurrection (you can enter to win your own copy HERE this week)
Mom, You Make it All Better
Date Night in a Minivan
Gorgeously Green
The Busy Mom's Devotional
The Next Level
Generation NeXt Marriage

With Amanda--I debated about whether to make a goal here, because I've been awful about reading aloud to her (we are both reading--a LOT--just not together). However, when I saw Katrina's list, I decided to add this in. Amanda's been reading fantasy (you can read her reviews and enter to win two of these books HERE and HERE).

A Wrinkle in Time (the new cover is awesome--much better than the old one I picked up at a used bookstore anticipating the time when Amanda would read it). We'll either read it aloud or separately, but together.

Have you read--and loved--any on this list? Which of these books sound compelling to you?


Sheila said...

Three Cups of Tea is a great book. I read it with my book club and enjoyed it very much.

stephanie said...

I've read the Mary's Heart/Martha's World (excellent!) and Sacred Marriage (also great) and the Potter's (fun fun). I tried the Stephenie Meyer Twilight books - I enjoyed the first, found the 2nd very creepy and couldn't do the third. I didn't know she had another book ...

Happy Reading!

Katrina said...

Many of these are completely new to me. I've been very curious about The Know-It-All, especially after hearing several interviews with the author. I never thought about reading it audio-style, though. I may have to do that soon.

And you know, but I've read and loved the Harry Potter series.

Pattie said...

I am also a book reviewer and I understand your dilemma! I think, too, if you read Harry Potter 5, you'll want to get to 6. And if you read 5, you MUST follow with 7 immediately!

Pattie said...

whoops! If you read 6, you must follow with 7. I think I need more coffee!

Barbara H. said...

I enjoyed Symphony of Secrets, but I enjoy all of Sharon Hinck's books.

ellen b said...

I'm always so excited to read through all these lists of books and be exposed to so many I've never heard of. I live in a small reading world :)
Enjoy your books...

Lana G! said...

Some of the titles of the books you have listed are cracking me up! I will have to check them out! Three Cups of Tea sounds real interesting!

Enjoy and Happy Easter.

Lindsay said...

I have noticed Three Cups of tea on several peoples lists. I will def. have to look into that one for a future read.

Rachel Langston said...

Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World is one of those books that can change your life forever. I did it as a bible study with some friends and learned amazing things. I have The Middle Place on my maybe list so I'll be interested to see what you think about it.
Enjoy your trips and your reading.
Rachel Langston

Jen Rouse said...

Wasn't "The Know It All" great? I laughed all the way through it.

I'd love to hear more about "Date Night in a Minivan" and "The Woman who is Always Tan and has a Flat Stomach." Intriguing titles that sound like they might relate to my life right now (in that A) I have a minivan; and B) I wish I was tan and had a flat stomach!

Jen Rouse said...

Oh, also I am halfway through "Three Cups of Tea" and it's an astounding story!

Wifey said...

I love A Wrinkle In Time, and Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is a wonderful book. Enjoy your spring!

Cee Cee said...

Wow, what a list! Have fun reading.

Susanne said...

Wow happy reading! I'd be interested to know what you think of The year of living biblically.

Deena said...

My oldest read "The Host" and devoured it. I'm toying with reading it, but it's so big, and I have so many I want to get to. I look forward to your review on this one in particular:-)

Robin said...

Great reading list. I'll have to get "The Host" when it comes out. Enjoyed the twilight series which discovered during the fall reading challenge

Have fun reading.

Robin of mytwoblessings

twiga92 said...

I've read these 3: Sacred Marriage
The DNA of Relationships
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
And they were all good. I especially liked Having a Mary Heart and am currently reading Having a Mary Spirit.
I also really liked A Wrinkle in Time.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

Great list! I really enjoyed Three Weeks with My Brother. I think I told you that when you interviewed him, but I look forward to hearing what you think about it! I just returned from 2 1/2 days of reading - BLISS! (I went to FL with my husband on a business trip. He worked; I read.)

alisonwonderland said...

you've got a great list! i didn't put The Host on my list for this challenge, but it's definitely one i want to get to. i also want to read Having a Mary Heart.

happy reading!

L.L. Barkat said...

The beach and books. Ah. :)

One of the best books I've read recently is The Places in Between, written by Rory Stewart. He walked through Afghanistan, following the same path as the ancient conquerer Babur. The combination of history, memoir and just plain profound observation was beautiful though sometimes harsh (one would expect this in such a place, yes?)

Gretchen said...

You have a very ambitious list. I love some of those titles! happy reading!

Happy Easter.

Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno said...

Stephenie Meyer is a wonderful author, although I haven't read The Host. I've already made a TBR list from your reading list. Thanks for posting it!

eva said...

You've got a great list there! It's always so nice when the books are listed by category. I simply pick random books from my much larger tbr list. Good luck on the Reading Challenge! I look forward to reading your reviews.

Sherry said...

Your list makes my list look small :( lol!

I'm reading "Having a Mary Spirit" -- the sequel to "Having a Mary Heart", and it is great.

I also LOVE "A Wrinkle in Time"!

Have fun reading!


Dianne said...

My sister's 10 yr. old just read A Wrinkle in Time and enjoyed it, alth0ugh my sister could tell she didn't really get all of it . . . so probably a good book to read with Amanda.

Three Weeks with My Brother is probably one I'd like to read. And I'm reading Sacred Marriage right now. So far, pretty good.

Kelly said...

Great list! Looking forward to reading your reviews.

Karen said...

I really like Sharon Hinck's books but I haven't read Symphony of Secrets yet. Lot's of choices on your list!

Kate said...

HOLY LIST go girl!! I wish I could get that many books read! ;) Love your choices, Nicholas Sparks rocks! And Gary Thomas, and Gary Smalley, can't wait to read your reviews! Happy Reading!

Much Ado said...

Great list as always Jennifer, I'll be checking back to see what you made of Pilgrims and Three Cups of Tea. Happy Reading