Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall into Reading 2009

I love the fall, it's my favorite time of year! The crisp fall air, the smells, the leaves, the apple picking, and, yes, even football.

Alas, this fall I have lost my rhythm. I need to find a new beat, and I think Katrina at Callapidder Days is my maestro. (Don't you love the name? My 7 year-old still says "callapidder" and I refuse to correct him. He's growing up too fast, it's just that small piece of his being a little boy that I'm holding on to.)

I have accepted a Challenge, entitled Fall Into Reading. I set my own goals, listing the books I want to read and review this fall (see below), and boogie my way on toward Winter.

My To-Be-Read pile is once again taking over the office. It's out of control, yet I still continue to discover new books that I want to read. I can't help myself. It's an addiction. I was killing time in a bookstore yesterday, and this woman came up to me and said, "You're addicted, aren't you? I can tell. You have that look in your eye."

The only thing I worry about in joining the Fall Into Reading Challenge is finding even MORE new and exciting books, as all of the book bloggers who are participating in this challenge post their reviews on the reviews page.

I am already discovering some very talented (and witty) book bloggers in this Challenge. If you are visiting my site from the link from Callapidder Days -- welcome and thank you for visiting!

As I read and review my books, I will update this post to link the books to my reviews. If I read a book NOT on my list...I will add it below.

Fall Into Reading Book List:

1. The Year of The Flood - Margaret Atwood
2. Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
3. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
4. Defining Twilight - Brian Leaf
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4 - Jeff Kinney
6. The Blue Star - Tony Earley
7. Three To Get Deadly - Janet Evanovich
8. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Steig Larsson
9. The Gift of An Ordinary Day - Katrina Kenison
10. The Ninth Daughter - Barbara Hamilton
11. Malice - Chris Wooding
12. Rizzo's War - Lou Manfredo
13. The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
14. Chin and The Magic Stones - L.J. Salazar
15. How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World -- Jordan Christy
16. How Successful People Think - John C. Maxwell
17. Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
18. Lisey's Story - Stephen King
19. The Neurology of Angels - Krista Tibbs
20. Beat the Reaper - Josh Bazell
21. The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
22. Tempted (House of Night #6) - P.C. Cast/Kristin Cast
23. Shadowland (The Immortals #3) - Alyson Noel
24. Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
25. The Ghosts of Belfast - Stuart Neville
26. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
27. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
28. Straight Man - Richard Russo
29. Obama's Blackberry - Kasper Hauser
30. *book club pick - November: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
31. True Blue - David Baldacci
**32. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
**33. Fire Will Fall by Carol Plum-Ucci
**34. A Better High - Matt Bellace, PhD

**Added to list. (I couldn't help myself.)

Ambitious list? 30 books in 12 weeks. What do you think? (I think I'm hoping that this Challenge get re-named Falling into Winter)

If there are any books you think I should add, feel free to comment. If there are any books that you think I should remove from my list, post away! Most of the books above are already on my bookshelf giving me the stink-eye.

I'm off to go read!


mommablogsalot said...

I loooove Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series- I have a book of hers on my list, too. :) Great picks!

reviewsbylola said...

VERY ambitious. But you have some really great books there, plus some that I need to read as well!

Barbara said...

I think you might want to pass on Beat the Reaper, but so many of the books on your list are incredible. I loved Sarah's Key. Did you read The Help yet? We just picked-it for book club!

Alison said...

mama -- I had to put some Stephanie Plum on my list, so it didn't get too heavy. I'm only on the 3rd book, but they're great (and she's a Jersey girl!)

Lola -- Just looking through IndieBound's readers' group list I could easily add 3 more books. I have a feeling my ACTUAL books read list will be slightly different, but I will do my best to get 30 done...and most from this list.

Barbara -- My dental hygenist recommended Sarah's Key to me during my appointment on Thursday! The Help is one of my Top 5 books this year! I would love my book club to read it as well, just so I could discuss it with them. Enjoy it!!

Nise' said...

You've got some great books on your fall reading list! I see a couple I want to read as well.

Ro Manalo said...

I read your review of Her Fearful Symmetry and now I'm so excited to get a copy, but only after I'm done with my own list. Great list you have here! I've always wanted to read Anna Karenina but never got down to actually reading it. I think I get intimidated by how thick the book is.

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