Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall Into Reading :: Fall 2012

It's the hap-happiest season of allll...!

I do love fall.

I love Katrina's Fall Into Reading Challenge which she hosts at Callapidder Days because it lights a fire under me to focus on the books that are the most important to me. It signals the end of yet another year and I have to tell myself not to feel guilty for anything that has gone unread. This shouldn't be a guilt-led list! Rather, it should be more of a fun list, I think. Right?! Of course right.

Without any further conversation, here is what I plan on giving my best shot at reading before December 22nd (when Christmas vacation officially commences and fall is officially over). It's an ambitious list but I always feel more inspired to read on cozy fall days.

1. Uncle Tom's Cabin
2. Jewel of Persia
3. A Christmas Carol

I'll be reading the three titles listed above in conjunction with the Reading to Know Book Club. Feel free to jump in any month for any title that strikes your fancy!

Reading to Know - Book Club

4. The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
5. Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
6. And Now We Shall Do Manly Things: Discovering My Manhood Through the Great (and Not-So-Great) American Hunt
7. Double Blind: A Novel
8. The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife

All of the above are books I accepted for review and I'll share my thoughts on those titles either here or at 5 Minutes for Books.

Finally, I'll list the books I plan to read just for the fun of it! Because I want to, because they are waiting for my attention on my bookshelf or for some other random purpose.

9. The Second World War, Volume 2: Their Finest Hour, by Winston Churchill. (Seriously would like to finish this one before the year's end!)
10. Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure (It comes highly recommended!)
11. Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure (I bought the sequel as well.)
12. One More Sunrise (I read this duo's book, The Silent Gift and loved it and so I'm curious about this title.)
13. Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy (Re-read)
14. Angels in the Architecture: A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth (Re-read)

That's probably all I should list or I'll annoy myself. I do, of course, have a loaded bookshelf but we'll see how far we get.

Do you have fall reading plans? Do share!


Melissa said...

That is an ambitious list! I gave myself 4 books a month (1 audio, 1 fiction, 1 non-fiction, and 1 nf for study), but I've already taken on 2 extras to review.

So many books, so little time...

Annette Whipple said...

I had wanted to read The Silent Gift (it came out when M could not talk)...thanks for the reminder...had fully forgotten about it. Several of those look AWESOME, and I will look forward to your thoughts and reviews!

Bluerose said...

I'm surprised to see the Marvel Comics one up there, but I'm really curious about it! :)

You have several up there that catches my eye! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on them.

Diary of an Autodidact said...

"The Story of Ain't" sounds like my kind of book.

I will be reading Uncle Tom's Cabin for the book club, skipping Jewel of Persia, and commenting on A Christmas Carol. Since we just read this one last year, I might read the kids one of the other Christmas Novels this time.

On my nightstand right now:

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Songs and Sonnets by John Donne
Pre-Shakespearean Drama (Middle English is tormenting me right now.)
Just My Type by Simon Garfield

Sky said...

@DoaA - I love John Donne, I didn't know anyone else still read him!

Carrie, That's a lot of books! I wish we lived closer so I could borrow them after you read them! ;oD

I am planning on being mamby-pamby (yes, I realize I use this term a lot.) and re-reading Jan Karon this Fall. My Mr will be gone (AGAIN!!??!) and I am always spiritually lifted and amused by Father Tim et al.
Other than that I am waiting see what I get for my birthday!
...and jumps up and down....
Still jealous for your actual Autumn temperature!

Barbara H. said...

Well, I'll have at least two of the same books on my list. :-) Uncle Tom's Cabin, of course, and Christmas Carol. I'm not sure about Jewel of Persia.

You have quite a variety here. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on several of these.

Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

Fun list! Good luck with your challenge, I look forwarded to hearing what you think of these!

Joyful Reader said...

I will be participating for the first time. I found that it is helping me to wrap up my year of reading. My goal for this year was 35 (I didn't start until late March) and I have nine more to go. Looking forward to Uncle Tom's Cabin. Still have to look for Jewel of Persia...

Shonya said...

I just love the reading challenges! It helps me to focus on finishing some things I've started. . .

looking forward to your reviews!

Shonya said...

YES! (and a fist pump)
The word verification is off. giggle

I just thought you were leaving it on indefinitely. :)

Carrie said...

@Shonya - No, I just forgot! I'm getting spam like CRAZY but as long as it doesn't show up on the blog itself, I don't really care. (It just gives me more e-mails to go through and click "delete" on.)

But I don't mean to keep it on all the time so someone holler if they see it on for more than a few days or so. :)

Lisa notes... said...

The Story of Ain't: Never heard of it but it sounds like a book I would enjoy.

I have a friend who is a midwife; wonder if she's read that novel...

Choosing Gratitude: I know it's good when I see it's a re-read. I love Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

Katrina said...

YES, it should be a fun list. No guilt allowed here! :)

Love your list. The Story of Ain't is particularly intriguing. and I also picked up the Horten's... books, after hearing about them from Jennifer. They didn't make my FIR list, but they are waiting in reserve...

Can't wait to hear what you think of these!

Susanne said...

The Midwife and Choosing Gratitude are really jumping out at me. I'd better add them to my lists for next time. That is after you give us your thoughts on them!

Katherine said...

What a diverse bunch of books! The Story of Ain't and Marval Comics immediately catch my attention as do the Horten books.

Happy reading & have a great fall!

BerlinerinPoet said...

I actually just won The Midwife of Hope River in a giveaway. I'll read along. Glad to see Dickens is back on your list.
Angels in the Architecture, I've heard, is good. Looking forward to the reviews.

Cassandra said...

Fun! I love fall too, especially now that we live in an area that actually experiences it. ;) Now we just need to get some living room furniture to curl up on while reading! lol.

Love your list and have no doubts you'll finish all of them, even the Churchill book! Have fun!

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