Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Reading Thing 2009

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Be realistic. That is my MAIN goal this go-round of Callapidder Day's Spring Reading Thing 2009.

I can realistically say that I will not empty my nightstand. I may have high hopes, but unless I completely withdraw from life as we know it, the pile will merely decrease slightly. {grins)

I do know that I will finish at least TWO non-fiction books. Period. Since I am 'unplugging' the computer for an entire four days next week {please pick yourself up from the floor - I'm serious}, I am hoping to take a good chunk out of my pile. My reward is sitting by the pool in Puerto Rico {so help me if it is raining while we are there!}.

And in case you are interested, be sure to check out the spring reading chart that I made for my kids (a chart to track reading over the next few months).

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In no particular order, here are the books that I will force myself would like to read this spring:

My non-fiction list: (yes, some of these have carried over from my fall reading list)

Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney. I confess that I have already read a few chapters, which is why I KNOW that I will complete it this spring. Add to that that a friend and I are reading it together and that should help. I really love the book so far and it's one that I will re-read when I am done picking it apart because there is so much to process in it.

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp. I hoping to read this one in the afternoons and also watch the DVD series that go along with it. Life has been too crazy, so even if my hubby can't do it along with me, perhaps I can glean some things from it.

Rivers of Grace by Mark and Patti Virkler. Another book recommended to me by a friend. Sadly, it's been sitting on my nightstand for over a year. The main premise of the book is raising your kids by the Spirit rather than the law.

Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Lehman. Well, the title certainly sounds lovely some days!

Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel. I'm thinking the title just sounds lovely.

The Mentoring Mom: 11 Ways to Model Christ for Your Child by Jackie Kendall. A friend recommended this book to me and said she loved it - so here's hoping that I do to.

Bringing up Boys by Dr. James Dobson. Seeing as how I have two of them, this might hold some good inside information.

My fiction list:

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. Only a few more of his books to read and these should be great for the plane and the pool!

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks. More plane/pool reading.

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. Are you getting the 'mind candy' theme going here?....

Blue Shoes and Happiness and The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith. These are the last two (I think) that I need to read to catch up in this series. I don't know what it is about these books that I love, but somehow it gets lost in the translation when I try to explain it. The humor just cracks me up. {And yes, Erin, I will soon return the books!}

The Butterfly Farm by Diane Noble. I'm not sure where this book came from but I found it in my nightstand (don't worry, I checked for a library barcode - I'm safe). Since it's fiction, I'm sure I'll find the time to read it!

Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers. People keep telling me these books are great, so I have the first one to at least read...and more than likely get hooked on.

Kiss by Ted Dekker. It's been awhile since I've read a really good suspenseful book, now I'm just waiting on the library to get the book in for me.

Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth. I've heard some great things about this book (ok, mainly from Katrina) and requested the library order it - hopefully they will.

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I'm sure that there will be other books to that I pick up along the way too, but this is my list as it stands right now. I'm assuming that there will be one or two great books in the above lot that I'll have to share about with you all. I'm off to sort my piles and start packing some books for my trip!


8 comments:

  1. Looks like a great list Jolanthe. I hope you like the Twilight series. Let me know what you think!

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  2. There is one more 1st Detective Agency in the series, but I haven't seen it yet. On my wishlist.

    You are reading Twilight!?! Hmmm, I may yet read them.

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  3. Great list! I love the Precious Ramotswe books. :-)

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  4. This looks like a great list! I haven't caught up with Alexander McCall Smith either - I'm not sure where I ended - but I love those books too. Enjoy!

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  5. You already know I liked Daisy Chain, and I really liked Kiss too. But you have a bunch of other great-looking books on your list, too. I haven't started the Twilight series yet either...though the first one is sitting on my bookshelf. One of these days, I guess...

    Have a great time in Puerto Rico -- hope you get lots of reading in!

    Love your reading chart, too -- great idea!

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  6. That sounds like a great list. Happy reading in Puerto Rico!

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  7. I have only read 2 N.Sparks books but really enjoyed them.

    Several of your Non- Fiction books were our favorites from the MOPS convention this year. Ted Kimmel is great. Several of us are fans of GBP
    I have Shepherding- didn't read it cover to cover, but got a few things from it.
    A friend likes New Kid.
    I want to read B U Boys.

    Best of luck on your list.

    Your children are beautiful!

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  8. I am a non-fiction lady and your list looks awesome! I am adding several of them to my to read parenting books! Thanks!

    -Ashley

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