Saturday, September 23, 2006

fall into reading

Katrina over at Callapidder Days has thrown out a Fall Into Reading challenge.

Since I already have a list of books that I hope to read this is an easy one for me to join. The problem is knowing where I will be by the end of fall. So I'll list what I think I can read before Winter Solstice which is the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter.

I'm actually reading this right now. It was recommended by my sister-in-law. The story itself is not true but it is based on a historical happening. It's interesting reading, I'll be giving my usual book review when I am done.

I really like reading Perri Klass' columns in knitting magazines. This book sounds very interesting to me plus it's got recipes and knitting patterns, what's not to like.

This was supposed to be a summer read, several people told me that it was very funny. I never got to read it so perhaps I'll get to it in the fall.

Another book recommended to me by my sister-in-law (who is a good book reference person). She claims it's a great fall/winter read because it's a long book.

My aunt recommended this book and it sounds sad but interesting so I hope to get to it.

That's five which should be more than I can reasonably accomplish. All fiction. I do plan to read cookbooks, knitting books, etc. but since I have nothing on my list for those at the moment I'll stick with these.

Of course I'm sure that once I browse through everybody else's list I'm going to *sigh* have more on mine. Too many good books, too little time.

Whoo boy! I just went through the current list of challenge readers. Seriously outclassed here. First, some of these people must be really fast readers because their lists are huge! They are claiming they read between 4-6 books a month; I wish I had the time to do the same. I'm so happy for them, but confess to a twinge of jealousy since I love curling up with a book. Second...some of these people are very serious readers. While I confess to having read many of the classics (and truthfully a lot of what is on the lists) I haven't read many in the last year (I re-read Pride and Prejudice and bought War and Peace). I'm tending toward practical non-fiction or fiction these days. It's amazing how differently we read at certain times in our lives. I think I'm inclined to consider adding a personal requirement to add classics back into my reading list. Perhaps 2-3 new ones per year and 1-2 re-reads. But first I'll get through the list above, I hope.

edit #2:
rrrrrh! Blogger STILL won't let me upload the graphic so I give up. And on an editorial note one of the books above "Every Mother Is A Daughter" is NOT fiction. It's a book/dialogue about being a daughter, mother, wife, person from different but related perspectives. I'll let you know how I like it.


Kathleen Marie said...

The Memory Keepers daughter is a good book. I hope you enjoy it!

Barbara H. said...

I'm not familiar with most of your list -- looks interesting!

I agree that our reading (amount and type) varies with the different seasons of life.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Katrina said...

Hi Mira - thank you so much for joining the reading challenge. I'm a coobook reader, too, by the way! And I know what you mean about everyone else's list adding more books to your own! I fell the same way. Enjoy your reading!

Overwhelmed! said...

I've checked out your list and I haven't read any of them, so I'll be interested in your review of them when you're done. A couple caught my eye and I'm jotting them down on my crumbled, tattered book list for future reference. :)

Try not to feel overwhelmed by other people's list. What I appreciated most about Katrina's challenge is that she didn't set a minimum number of books to be read. She left it up to each individual to decide what they could manage. We all have different schedules. I think I listed 8 books. I really HOPE to get through all 8 but it might be a stretch. I am a very quick reader by nature, but I'm also working FT and raising a 21 month old son, so my prime reading time is at night before bed and I have a tendency to fall asleep while reading. :) We'll see.

Oh, and thanks for stopping by and checking out my Fall Into Reading book list. I do appreciate it! :) We have a library like yours, I got online and looked these titles up and then reserved them. I'm waiting for the library branch closest to me to gather them for me and then notify me that they're in. :)

Even so, I still keep a crumbled book list in my wallet, in case I'm not near a computer when I have a thought about a book to read. :)

Susanne said...

Every Mother is a Daughter sounds very interesting! Happy reading!