Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall into Reading -- 2009

I always love participating in Callapidder Days' Fall into Reading Challenge, especially because it was this very challenge three years ago (four?) that got me back into serious reading -- little did I know then how much I would be reading now!

You can link your own post up tomorrow, but I had been thinking it started today, so I'll go ahead and post this (and allow it to serve as a reminder for you).

Lately I've sort of bemoaned that I don't always get to read what I want to read, but I'm changing my tune on that. I love my reviewing gig at 5 Minutes for Books, and my participation in the Amazon Vine program -- both of which provide me with more books than I know what to do with. And since I do get to accept or reject books that are offered to me, I really AM reading what I want to read. In fact, I've become pickier -- both in what I accept, and in what I choose to keep reading.

Because of the way I get books, it really is hard for me to make a list of the books that I expect to read in November or December, because I don't likely have them yet, but I will list the ones that I know about already.

So I will list off ones that I would like to read, predicting that I probably won't get to all of these exact titles, but within the three-month period I will likely read about 20 books (a fair amount of those middle grade or young adult, as you can see, which I do read faster).

I usually like to link to the books, because I know that I really like to click through links to see a little bit more about it. If you'd like to search, open a separate window by clicking here.

(I'm also going ahead and tagging this for 5 Minutes for Books 4th-Tuesday carnival What's on Your Nightstand, so that I can just link it up tomorrow, instead of repeating myself, since these books listed are the ones I will be digging into this month).


Thirsty by Tracey Bateman
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carole Oates
America, America
Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon
The Hunger Mirror
Once in a Blue Moon by Eileen Gouge

Non-fiction (Most of these are very readable memoir-ish books):

Come Back Como
The Hidden Life of Deer
The Kids are All Right

With Amanda (aloud or alongside):

Dear Pen Pal (the third in the Mother-Daughter Book Club)
Daddy Long Legs (the classic that the books is based on)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- it's time to wrap up the series at last!

Other Middle Grade or YA fiction:

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Reread a childhood favorite for the Children's Classics on 5 Minutes for Books on October 13. Won't you join us?)

Escape Under the Forever Sky
The Other Side of Blue
When the Whistle Blows
Troubling a Star
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morninglight mama said...

Ooh, I love Mrs. Basil... JAM and I read that together last year!

And I see over in your sidebar that you're reading the new Sue Monk Kidd/ Ann Kidd Taylor book-- I'm hoping to get to see their talk together this weekend at the Book Festival! :)

Carrie said...

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is catching MY eye so I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that one!

Of course, I hear you on not getting to read whatever you want. But you are right- with careful management - you can!

Working towards that...

Janet said...

The only one on your list that I've read is America, America. I liked it. I really like Ethan Canin.

I have yet to read Harry Potter. I know this puts me hopelessly out of the loop!

Looks like an interesting list. You have some good stuff to look forward to!

Susan said...

I can see the dilemma of having your choices of what to read somewhat limited - but what a problem to have, loving books as I do :) Enjoy all that reading, required or not.

Barbara H. said...

I haven't read any of the ones you have listed. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you think of them.

MizB said...

I, too, get to pick and choose what to read/review (I'm with FIRST Wild Card Tours), and am also --like you-- learning to be pickier in choosing what I ask for.

While I love reviewing (REALLY love it!), I also find that, if I order too many books, I don't get to the OTHER books I want to read (library books, books from my own collection, etc), so I'm asking for less of the review books, and choosing to just read my own sometimes, too. ;)

It's so hard NOT to ask for the books, though! They all look & sound so good!!! LOL


Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Of all the books on your list, the one that jumped out at me was Hidden Life of Deer. At our last house, we would regularly have 10-12 deer in our back yard. Not as many now, but I still have a soft spot for them and would be interested in reading more about them.

Thanks for faithfully joining my challenges for the last three years! Even though I know it's tricky for you to make an accurate list, I always love seeing what you have lined up.

Lynne said...

Little Bird of Heaven is on my list too! I should be getting it from the library hold list soon. Also, I just blogged about The Kids Are All Right on my Friday Finds post last week. This is the first I've read about it on someone else's blog. It's not on my Fall Challenge list but I'm definitely going to *sneak* it in there :)

Susanne said...

The amount on your list always amazes me. Happy reading.

Just Mom said...

Interesting list. I love Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - whenever I see a fountain with coins I remember those kids! The others are unfamiliar to me - I have a love/hate relationship with Joyce Carol Oates so I'll see what you think of Little Bird.

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Great list. I keep forgetting to include our read alouds with my son as goals for the challenges. Good idea.

Nina said...

You got some great books on your list and you really should read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows asap! It's very good. Enjoy reading the book.

Kara said...

Great list! I loved Mrs. Basil when I was a kid. I'm with you...a large part of my reading these days is young adult literature as part of homeschooling my kids. After all the reading we do together, I don't have as much time to read what I'd choose on my own as I used to. I think this challenge...setting a goal...will help.

Michelle said...

Thanks for your list.
Sometimes I wish I could review books. But I'm not good at retelling, so that wouldn't work.
Anyhoo, I'm glad your sharing the reviews with us. I am now following you on twitter.
I'm (tweeterbird)

Holly said...

Thanks for the comment Jen! Yes, I am participating in the bookclub - I really like both the bookclub and the book.

Deathly Hallows is fantastic! I really want to go back and read all the books in order back-to-back with no time lapse in between. I think I will enjoy them even more!

Nise' said...

I see a couple of books I want to check out to possibly add to my every growing want to read list.

Rana said...

I haven't heard of some of the books on your list. I'm going to check them out. I can't wait to hear what you think of them.