Friday, March 20, 2009

My Spring Reading Thing List

What a day!! The Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom, and Callapidder Days' bloggy reading event of the season on the same day! Please check out my UBP party post at 5 Minutes for Books to learn all about my books' site (and get a free book download).

Each time I participate in one of Katrina's reading challenges, it gets more fun. The last year or so, it's been a little bit more difficult to predict my reading because I'm a full-time book reviewer (at 5 Minutes for Mom and 5 Minutes for Books). So, I don't have the luxury of planning too far out. That said, I think I did pretty well in predicting last Fall.

These are my books for review

Fiction and Memoir:

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven -- started and liking it

The Moon by Night -- also reading this Madeleine L'Engle YA novel now

Daisy Chain -- Mary DeMuth's newest

Cutting for Stone -- I know it's going to be good, but it's long, so I haven't invested.

The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal -- This one really caught my eye

Things I Want My Daughters to Know -- Looks like a great (sad) novel

The Genie Scheme -- a tween novel

Sea Changes -- I just got asked about this one. It could either be really good, or really weird.

I'm already editing to add this next one (because it's on my Amazon Vine review list and I forgot it): Going to See the Elephant

Sundays at Tiffany's -- maybe (it's been sitting on my shelf since it came out in hardcover, but is out in PB now)

Shadow of Colossus (Seven Wonders Series #1) -- This is also a maybe and could go either way. I'm going to give it a few chapters.

Trespassers Will Be Baptized: The Unordained Memoir of a Preacher's Daughter -- maybe

Non-fiction (which I thought was going to be short, but I kept adding to it, thus assuring that I won't actually finish all of them!):
Why Women Should Rule the World -- partway in, enjoying it

Clutter-Free Christianity: What God Really Desires for You

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child

Free-Range Kids

Empowering Youth

Skimming These for Review:
How to Really Love Your Grandchild

Will I lose my booksnob status if I confess that I am actually looking quite forward to these two?
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms & Sons

For Classics Bookclub at 5 Minutes for Books:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Personal List:

A Thousand Splendid Suns -- Yes, finally. Watching The Kite Runner DVD sealed it, and the really exciting news is that I earned a Kindle 2 for being a judge for a writing contest, and it's going to be the first book I read on it.

The Irrational Season (The Crosswicks Journal, Book 3) by Madeleine L'Engle -- I'm languishing on this one, but enjoying it

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) -- because I'm about to let Amanda read #5, and I gotta stay one step ahead

A Single Thread -- A friend lent this to me. It's written by her friend, Marie Bostwick, and set here in CT -- after the author (and character) moved from Texas. How perfect is that for me?

Reading to my kids for the Read Together Challenge (feel free to sign up for this April event):

Uglies -- Amanda and I are partway into this. It's good.

Wings -- This is a review book, and I don't even have it in my hands, but since it's fantasy, I thought Amanda would enjoy it as well.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle -- I read it growing up, Amanda read it growing up, now we're sharing with Kyle!

Dessert First -- Another review book, but it seems silly -- just up Kyle's alley.

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Eden said...

WOW! That's a long list! I'm sure you'll get through them all. Looking forward to reading your reviews!

PisecoMom said...

I'm so intimidated by people who read for a living! LOL It's a great list - I'm especially interested in Things I Want My Daughters to Know (but may not tackle it as my own mom died of cancer) and Trespassers Will Be Baptized since one of my closest friends grew up a preacher's kid in Kentucky too. Thanks for sharing!

Crystal said...

Great list - I definitely see some I want to add to my list.

Cool idea to for the Read Together Challenge - I may join in on that one. DS (8) and I are reading Socks by Beverly Cleary right now and I had forgotten how much I have enjoyed her books and he looks forward to the time together so it is such a win-win situation.

Julie said...

That's quite a list! I read A Thousand Splendid Suns first, haven't gotten around to Kite Runner yet, but after your review the other day I may add it to the list. :) How cool that you still have some Harry Potter to read! It's been so hard waiting for the next movie. Happy reading!

Carrie said...

Oh good. I feel a little better. =D And YEAH it's a blog community EXPLOSION today! (Fun.)

You don't lose your reviewer status over Chicken Soup for the Soul . . .(but I did laugh). I love seeing what things you pick so I think that'll be very fun as well!

Erika Lynn said...

wow that is a crazy long list. Uglies is amazing. Hope you guys are enjoying it.

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Just stopping over from Callapidder Days...

That is an impressive list...and I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't heard of many of them. I have a feeling that my Amazon wish list is going to grow significantly the further into this challenge I get!

Happy reading!

Katrina said...

What fun! As usual, I'm impressed at the length of your list, and I see a few that will most likely end up on a future list of mine, because they look so intriguing. I, too, want to read A Thousand Splendid Suns before long, and I have the Colossus book (and 2 others in the series), but haven't read them yet. I'll look forward to your thoughts.

Martha said...

I'm jealous of your Kindle. I've heard so much about them. Keep us updated as to whether it is not like a real book. Good luck on getting things read.

Jenny said...

Great list - happy reading (and reviewing)!

Becky said...

It looks like you have quite the list. I am curious about Shadow of Colossus, I'll be looking forward to your review (if/when you get to it.)

Brittanie said...

I really liked Shadows of Colossus and am going to read the second book soon I hope.
I also read Trepassors will be Baptized and it is so funny. I think you might like it. :)

Barbara H. said...

What a list! I am unfamiliar with most of them. I will have to look for the Chicken Soup for mothers and sons since I have 3 boys.

Laughing Stars said...

Great list! I've culled several books for my unofficial "Books I Wanna Read Sometime" list. :-)

Carrie K. said...

I just got Sea Changes in the mail this week, too - and I can't wait to start it. I'm in the middle of Uglies - good so far. You've got a great list there!

Nise' said...

As always, I will be looking forward to your thoughts! I had Things I Want My Daughters To Know in my hands yesterday but put it back.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Oh my that's a long list - I'm going to be eager to hear about some of these. (And, I recently got a copy of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle to try out with the girls one of these days!)

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

That is quite a list! But what a great job to read for a living...a book lover's dream.

I have the second book in the seven wonders series on my list, even though I haven't read the first one. I'm going to watch and see what you have to might get to yours first.

Susanne said...

Holy bookmobile, Batman! That is quite a list. I love it. And they all sound interesting.

jacketsandcovers said...

Wow, what an impressive (and long) list! I've heard great things about Things I Want My Daughters to Know and Sundays at Tiffany's. I didn't really like The Great Gatsby, but I loved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as a child. Uglies is on my list for another challenge, but since it wasn't one lying about my room, I didn't included it in the Spring Reading Thing. Happy reading!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

That is some list. Of course,I see a few will probably want to add to my wishlist. Look forward to hearing what you think about them.

Amber, That's Me! said...

You've got some really good ones on your list and enough to keep you busy I think! ;)

How fun to be a book reviewer!

mrs.cupcake said...

I absolutly loved Sunday at Tiffany's. It took a leap of faith to open it, but once I did I was not able to put it down.

Mike said...

Hello there. Knocking on your door from the blog party. Hope you don’t mind.


Dianne said...

I wish I had that much time to read! Seriously, because hands-down, it's my favorite thing to do. I've been trying to read at lunch for a few minutes (we only get 30) but sometimes I give in and nap! Anyways you always have lots on your list that I end up adding to mine. A Thousand Splendid Suns for starters. Looking forward to your reviews.

A happy heart at home said...

Wow, what a long list! I have two on mine. LOL!


Deena said...

Some of your titles are familiar to me...but some have me intrigued...looking forward to your reviews!

Just Mom said...

You have a great list! There are a few that I have been thinking about - I'll look forward to seeing your reviews.

Jolanthe said...

Daisy Chain is on my list too - have fun reading! :)