Saturday, June 20, 2009

What I Read This Spring


Whew. I thought that I had a few dry spells this spring, and would have guessed that I didn't read as much as I have during the previous challenges at Callapidder Days. I think that I may be wrong. I think that I may have read the most. I do think that regular reading strengthens my reading muscles, meaning the more I read the faster I can read.

Katrina asked a few questions that we could include in our round-up, and I've addressed a few of them.

Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?

I mostly stuck to it, but I did switch some books out, and I added a lot of books. Part of this is because of my book-reviewing at 5 Minutes for Books. I am offered books that I'd like to read, and I can't wait 3 months to finish other books on my list. I like this flexibility.

My original list had 12 novels. I actually read 15 (linked below to my reviews). I had 3 memoirs on my list, but actually read 5 (reviews below). I had 6 children's/YA books on my list and read 9 (but a different 6). I read more non-fiction than I have in a while. There were 7 on my list (which was ambitious), but I read 10.

What was your favorite book that you read this spring? Least favorite? Why?
Did you discover a new author or genre this spring? Did you love them? Not love them?

I loved all the books I starred below*, but specifically discovered three new fiction authors I will enjoy reading more of: Thrity Umrigar, Katherine Center, and Mahbod Seraji.

As far as genre, for the first time in a long while, I read some crime fiction (The Scarecrow, linked below), and though it had all the elements of a good thriller, I didn't really enjoy it too much. I also started another book in the same genre, but couldn't get into it. I wonder if my reading tastes have changed.

All of the titles below are linked to my review (or in a few cases, the amazon page). A few of them have a giveaway that is still open, if you'd like to enter!

MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
*The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal
Bittersweet: Lessons from my Mother's Kitchen (I did not care for this book. I reviewed it on amazon, so you can read my review there. Others liked it, so you might still want to check it out)
*Outcasts United
Crazy for the Storm -- Giveaway


FICTION

Cutting for Stone
Things I Want My Daughters to Know
Sea Changes
Life Without Summer
Four Wives
The Great Gatsby
*Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
A Single Thread
Dating Da Vinci
The Spare Wife
*The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
*Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center
Rose House
The Scarecrow -- Giveaway
Maynard & Jennica

NON-FICTION (mostly parenting) -- I was surprised at how much non-fiction I read

Why Women Should Rule the World
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
*Dear Mom: everything your teenaged daughter wants you to Know, but will never tell you
*The Purpose of Boys
Making Work at Home Work
Digitally Daunted -- Giveaway

CHILDREN'S LIT

11 Birthdays
Pieces of Georgia
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
*The Moon by Night
*Uglies
Also Known As Harper
Wings
Dessert First
*The Young Unicorns (reading this aloud with Amanda -- about 2/3 finished)

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9 comments:

Barbara H. said...

Wow, you read quite a lot! And a good variety. I don't think I've read any from your list.

Carrie said...

Yup! You DID read through a lot!

(In response to your comment on my site - I didn't include everything I read. I was just thinking about Challenge Material when I wrote up the post! Arg and ha!)

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Yikes -- you read a TON! I'm very impressed. I've addded several of your favorites to my want-to-read list.

C. just read Invention of Hugo Cabret and loved it -- he tore through it in about a day and a half.

Shelley said...

That's quite a list. I hope your summer reading goes well too!

Veggiemomof2 said...

Impressive list, congrats on finishing it!

Nise' said...

Great job! I enjoyed Everyone is Beautiful too!

Julie said...

That's an impressive and varied list. Great job. :)

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

My, you did read alot. You have lots of interesting books on your list. I'm putting scarecrow on my wish list.

Erin said...

Oh my, that is a list. Congratulations on completing all those books. And, thank you for new reading suggestions, especially the parenting books.