Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fall into Reading 2008


This is my fifth time to participate in one of Katrina's challenges at Callapidder Days.

The first one, in Fall of 2006, really kick-started my reading for pleasure again. The act of making the list and thinking about what I thought that I could read in a season's time gave me a goal to work towards.

Six months after that I began a book review column at 5 Minutes for Mom, and in July of this year I started a books blog, 5 Minutes for Books -- all because of a recommitment to reading, which led me to reprioritize my free time, spending less time watching TV and playing on the computer in order to squeeze in more page time. And I'm loving every minute of it.

That said, since most of the books I read these days are review copies, it's hard for me to predict what I might be reading in 3 months, but I'll try.

Books on my personal shelf I'd like to read:
Books for the 5 Minutes for Books Classics Bookclub:
  • Jane Eyre -- Charlotte Bronte (I've just barely started this)
  • the November book, as of yet undecided -- perhaps a Shakespeare play
  • A Christmas Carol -- Charles Dickens
Review Fiction:
Review Nonfiction:

Additional Goals:
  • I don't know if this will be a review copy or just a book I pick up, but I'd like to read a light (specifically funny) novel. I was recently looking for something to read, having had my fill of dark or serious or "real," and was sort of looking for light escapist reading, and couldn't really put my hands on one. So I'm going to be on the lookout for something to fit this bill. Any suggestions of books or authors that I should try to fit this bill?
  • Nightmare at the Book Fair -- Dan Gutman
  • And I'm sure I'll read one or two more novels (or memoirs), either from my personal stash or review titles that have yet to be released.
In Conclusion

I'd be surprised if I read this many -- 18 books, but I do generally read a lot in the fall, due to wonderful weather that draws me out to my sunny back deck or covered front porch, and the fact that we travel at Christmas in the car, which equals lots of reading time for me. I also will be flying in November (on the Compassion Bloggers trip to the DR). I think that our schedule will be pretty jam-packed, but I should get in some reading done on the plane. And some of them are short and/or children's books, which don't take the mental energy or time that other books do.

33 comments:

Carrie said...

I'm looking forward to your reading Washington's Lady and The Shack. I think I'm basing whether or not I'll read The Shack on your recommendation. =) So we'll see!

Joyful Days said...

Happy reading! You have some great choices that add up to an interesting combination. I'll be checking out your reviews.

http://ourjoyfuldays.blogspot.com/2008/09/fall-into-reading-2008thursday-thirteen.html. Mine's up!

Brittanie said...

I just finished Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh and it is great! I laughed so hard in several places I am sure my cats thought I was crazy. I highly recommend the book. :)

Nise' said...

Great list! Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh was a hoot! I need to check out A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative. I'll look forward to your thoughts on it.

Julie said...

What a great list! I'm not really "into" Nicholas Sparks, but I did like 3 Weeks With My Brother a lot. Oh, I wish I could read in the car or on a plane w/o getting sick lol. I just read a cute, funny, light book called The Sand Castle by Rita Mae Brown. It's a very quick read but enjoyable. Happy Fall Reading. :)

carrie said...

Great list!!! I'm going to have to look at your book review blog now!!!

Katrina said...

I'm so glad to have had a part in the building of your reading and reviewing empire. :)

I, too, am curious about your thoughts on The Shack. Our church just had a workshop on "using discernment with media" using that book. I didn't go, because I haven't read it yet, but I will watch for your review and thoughts.

I'll watch for your thoughts on the Dan Gutman book too. Camden hasn't read any of his, but he's on my list of "authors Camden might like to try."

Corinne said...

Great list. Sacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting have long been on my mental "to read" list, but I forgot about them when I did my official list. Maybe I'll squeeze one of them in if I blaze through the others before fall is over (ha ha). You'd better get moving on Jane Eyre -- I'm 3/4 done and can't put it down -- I thought I had read it before and discovered I hadn't (imagine that!) so it's all new to me and I can't wait to see how it ends!

Tami said...

I've heard good things about The Shack. A friend of mine is just finishing it and really likes it.

Susanne said...

Looks like a great list Jennifer. For a funny read I really enjoyed "These Boots Weren't Made For Walking" by Melody Carlson. I found it laugh out loud funny. And this past summer a fun read was "Scoop" by Rene Gutteridge.

PinkDaisyGirl said...

For a light, funny reading selection, I recommend Philip Gulley's Harmony series. The first book is Home to Harmony.

This is a great list and many books were new to me. Looking forward to your reviews.

~ Kayren

Jen E said...

Light Reading Suggestions...

Anything by Jennifer Weiner, specifically Good in Bed, In Her Shoes or Goodnight Nobody

the Janet Evanovich Stephenie Plum series (one for the...) I absolutely adore this series and despite the slightly suspenseful plots, it's chock full of light and fluffy, too.

Much Ado said...

Here's another person looking forward to your review of the Shack. Love Jane Eyre! And as for a funny book recommendation anything by Bill Bryson usually gives me a laugh. Great list!

Robin said...

Great List! I look forward to hearing what you have to say about "the Shack".

A good light cozy mystery by cleo coyle would probably work for you. I recently discovered her and her books are easy reads, but hold your attention.

Robin of mytwoblessings

Barbara H. said...

I just read Jane Eyre within the last couple of years and it is one of my all-time favorites. I'd like to read it again some time, but I have too many others on the plate just now.

I've been curious about The Shack. I've read some of the controversy about it and part of me wants to see for myself what it is all about.

The one about creativity sounds interesting!

christinnjon said...

Wow, you also have quite an extensive list! I can't imagine where you gals find the time to read so much, but bless you! Enjoy it! :) I'll be happy if I finish my two I have listed! :) Although I am a part of 5 minutes for Moms Classics, I may have to step out for the moment. I can't seem to keep up with the long books, lol. I wish to finish them, but I fall terribly behind. My daughters curriculum requires a lot of reading and some planning so that takes up much of my time. Hopefully when things settle down, in a later season of my life, I, too, can pick up more books! Happy Reading!

Lindsay said...

What a great list! I have heard a lot about Sacred Marriage, I look forwarding to hearing how you like it. Also a Shakespeare Play sounds awesome for a classics for November :-)

Anna said...

What a great list! :) For a funny author I would recommend Wodehouse-- he's had me in tears before.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I think I've told you this before, but Three Weeks with My Brother is great! I think you will like it. I didn't get my act together to get a list up this time. I may try to in the next couple of days. I have always enjoyed Katrina's challenge!

Becky said...

I'm reading (and loving) Jane Eyre right now.

Amydeanne said...

wow, what a list, and i've noticed lots of people reading Jane Eyre. Good luck!

kalea_kane said...

Wow! You have quite a list! I am reading The Shack now. I had to put it down for a few weeks, and it got away from me for a while, but so far...I love it. :) I would love to read Janer Eyre! Maybe if I reach my goal! :)

Mad said...

Good luck with your list! :)

Michelle said...

They all sound wonderful Jennifer especially the Keeping house and also the What Happy Parents do.Happy Reading.

Michelle said...

They all sound wonderful Jennifer especially the Keeping house and also the What Happy Parents do.Happy Reading.

Leya said...

I'll be starting Jane Eyre very soon. It's been a while since the last time I read it.

You have quite an impressive list!

Happy reading and enjoy!

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Erin said...

Great list, you gave me some reading ideas. Well, when I finally clear off my bookshelf that is.

MyRoundFile said...

I've read The Shack - will have to come back and read your review. Keeping House sounds like something I'd like - I enjoyed seeing your list!

Kate said...

Whohoo, awesome list!!! Love Nicholas Sparks....great authors there! I really enjoyed the Shack...look forward to your review! :) Happy Reading!!

eva said...

great list... good luck on your reading journey!

please feel free to stop by my blog and look around!

I look forward to reading your reviews!

QallieQ said...

I love your blog, I look forward to your review of The Shack, I have it on my shelf, and have been afraid of it... please let us know soon.

Happy Reading!

Amy Jo said...

Looking forward to reading your reviews. You've got some books on there that I've picked up and never bought. Happy reading!