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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Into Reading :: 2011



Yup, yup, yup! It's time again! Katrina at Callapidder Days is hosting her annual Fall Into Reading carnival wherein she invites people to participate for the purpose of wrapping up reading projects and to tie up loose ends before the conclusion of the year. I always like participating in the Fall because it focuses me and makes me really think through what I hope to accomplish before the close of the year. I like participating in the What's On Your Nightstand meme with 5 Minutes for Books because it gives me monthly goals to shoot for. The Katrina comes along and I'm interested in cleaning off my bookshelf and preparing myself to start the year fresh (with Lucy Maud Montgomery.)

So...with all of that in mind I think I'm going to purpose to get to the following books before the year's end:

Review Copies sitting on my shelf awaiting my attention:

1. A Sound Among the Trees: A Novel - I actually wasn't going to take this one, but my rep at this publishing house (who knows me well) urged me to. When she prods I generally listen because we seem to have similar tastes. I've never read anything by Meissner so we'll see. Anyone out there with such reading experience?


2. The Woman Who Heard Color - World War II. That's my reason. The cover art makes me incredibly suspicious. But I'll give it a go and see how far I get.


3. God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? - The title just irritates me so much that I couldn't pass this one up when offered. I have a love/hate relationship in simply staring at this book and I'd really kinda like to get it over with.


4. Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God - I have much, much higher hopes for this one.


5. Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books - This one is currently on its way to me in the mail and YES I AM looking forward to it. You bet!!! (Crossway.)


Books Off My Bookshelf That I Just REALLY Want to Get To:


6. The Second World War, by Winston Churchill. I mentioned that I wanted to read this in last month's Nightstand post. I'm into the first book in the series, The Gathering Storm, and I'm loving it. It's just long so it's going to be an ongoing project. But worth it in the end, I think.



7. The Grimm Legacy which I also mentioned previously. Jonathan gave this one to me for my birthday and it just looks so fun...and lonely...like it needs company.


8. An Experiment in Criticism, by C.S. Lewis. I either need to stop talking about it or just read it. One or the other.


9. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - I've already read it (don't fret!) but I've been wanting to re-read it and just haven't made the time. Maybe if I put this one my list I'll make the time.


10. I would like to re-read Betsy-Tacy as part of Sarah's Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge.


I think I'd probably better stop there because no doubt other things will pop up that I think I will LOVE and this Winston Churchill thing is going to take a good bit of time anyway. So that's it, folks. And now I'll take it step-by-step in baby chunks through the end of the year.

Thanks, Katrina, for hosting!

23 comments:

Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

Great list! I really enjoyed The Princess Bride, what a fun book!

Barbara H. said...

I've read a couple of Meissner's books and enjoyed them, though I had a couple of reservations about one. Haven't seen this one -- will be looking forward to your thoughts.

I agree God Behaving Badly sounds off-putting -- I'm going to hope the author is going to prove otherwise.

Loved The Princess Bride. I want to read it again some time, but not anytime soon.

Ronnica said...

I look forward to reading your thoughts on God Behaving Badly...the title IS annoying...

Jennifer Ekstrand said...

I enjoyed Why Church Matters, and I am really looking forward to Lit!

Shonya said...

LOVE! I'm totally motivated to do this too! :)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

That's kind of my motive too -- reading some books off my shelf!

welcome to our wonderland said...

got a great list there. I posted mine on mine on In all things give thanks blog.

http://cupofteabookreviews.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

Great list...I have 25 books on my list - a bit ambitious but I think attainable. It's a combo of review books and books that will allow me to complete the other challenges I signed up for.

Good luck!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Interesting list, as always! I'll be reading Lit as well -- looks great! And yes, God Behaving Badly...sensationalist title to be sure... I'll be curious to hear your thoughts. The Grimm Legacy looks like a fun one. Just put it on my wish list. Thanks for being part of FIR '11, Carrie!

Stephanie said...

I read An Experiment in Criticism in college. Interesting. Right up your alley. :) I also have Princess Bride on my shelf but couldn't get passed the 1st chapter. I just couldn't get into it like I did the movie. Maybe I should try again. "As you wish." :)

Susanne said...

I love Susan Meissner! I haven't read this one yet though. Hope you enjoy her as an author. My eyebrows rose at the title of God Behaving Badly too. Looking forward to your review of that one.

Lisa notes... said...

I always love seeing your list, Carrie. You're better at variety than I am. Maybe I'll work on that for my Spring Reading list. ha.

God Behaving Badly and Why Church Matters are two in particular I'll look forward to you reviewing.

Thinking about you as I finished Unbroken and Bonhoeffer this week, two WW2 books. :-) So good, both of them!

Enjoy your books.

Shan said...

I love that this challenge is helping me read books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, but reading your list has just added a bunch of titles to my to read list!

Shan

Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea

Faith Filled Reading, my Christian book blog

Amy said...

This looks like an interesting list. Happy reading!

Nise' said...

Uh Oh, it sounds like I may be sorry I turned down A Sound Among the Trees. Have a great reading Fall.

Jenny said...

Great list...I've read (and enjoyed) a number of Susan Meissner's older books, but haven't read anything of late. Hope you enjoy it.

Blessings...and happy reading!

kewkew said...

I've never heard of Meissner before. I have to say God Behaving Badly definitely hit me the wrong way when I read the title. Looking at some reviews on Amazon I am looking forward to your review.
Have fun with your list.

Sandra Stiles said...

Great List. As usual I've added some books from your list to my wish list. I agree" God Behaving Badly has rankled me by the title. I look forward to seeing what you have to say about it.

Amy @ A Faithful Journey said...

Great list! Looking forward to your review of Lit and God Behaving Badly!

Happy Fall and Happy Reading! :)

Amy said...

Great list! I added four to my TBR...

Jimi said...

Wow. Your list looks challenging to me. Winston Churchill doesn't seem to be high on many lists. Hope you get to do all the reading you want!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I've enjoyed everything of Meissner's I've ever read.

Diary of an Autodidact said...

Yes! Yes! Read the Churchill! It will take forever, but it is worth it. Also, his History of the English Speaking Peoples, if you can get a copy of that.

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