Thursday, September 21, 2006

Fall Into Reading

I'm joining up with Katrina in her Fall into Reading challenge, to set a goal of reading over the next few months. Katrina assures me even two books qualifies for the challenge. I almost didn't do this because my pile kept growing and I spent wasted a couple hours this weekend perusing my bookshelves at home looking at all the things I want to read. Not to mention the time spent looking for my camera card thing-a-majiggy so I could upload pictures.

So here's a picture of my "to-be-read" pile and a bit about these books:

  1. Every Woman's Marriage by Shannon & Greg Etheridge. I'm about a third of the way through this book and it's an honest look at things women unknowingly do to sabotage their own marriages. Shannon's forthright sharings about her own shortcomings coupled with Greg's perspective on the situation make this a very palatable read on a tough subject.
  2. Two-part Invention by Madeleine L'Engle. I loved her previous two books in the Crosswick Journal series and this one focuses on marriage so I'm looking forward to it. I'd call this introspective non-fiction, or semi-autobiographical.
  3. Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea by Nancy Atherton. Oooh I do love a cozy English mystery and I was tickled to see a new Aunt Dimity mystery at my library this week. Can't wait to dive into this one!
  4. Cure for The Common Life by Max Lucado. Haven't read anything by him for a while but it's been calling my name. Here's what B&N had to say: "You don't find meaning in your work--or you're one of the 80 percent who don't believe their talents are used. What can you do? You're suffering from the common life, and you desperately need a cure. Best-selling author Max Lucado has found it. In Cure for the Common Life he offers practical tools for exploring and identifying your own uniqueness, motivation to put your strengths to work, and the perfect prescription for finding and living in your sweet spot for the rest of your life."
Now I know that's only four, and that's an even number and even numbers are bad things, but that's my final answer. The fact that 3 out of 4 of them are library books should keep me on track. I'm a really fast reader and will most likely read more than these but this is what I'm committing to!) Later this week: my prized book collection.

It's not too late for you to make a list and join up with the rest of us. Leave a link at Katrina's blog if you do so others can check out your reading list!


Jennifer said...

Four nice managable books. See, I went the other way--I just couldn't decide which to leave off. I probably have WAY too many books on there, but I think I can do it, especially with Thanksgiving weekend (where my husband drives the 6 hour trip both ways, so I get in LOTS of reading).

I am not familiar with that L'Engle book. I'll have to look into it. But decidedly not until after December 21, I guess.

I'm thinking that this whole list thing will cut down on my amazon buys, too.

Katrina said...

I'm so glad you decided to join in! I've read the Lucado book and enjoyed it, but I really like books like that. And I'm an Aunt Dimity fan as well! :) Every Woman's Marriage looks intriguing - let me know how your final impressions.

stephanie said...

I've heard good things about the Aunt Dimity books. I need to check them out!

Anonymous said...

Great books, I LOVE Max Lucado, will have to look for that one at my bookstore :)

Susanne said...

Great list! I was going to put that Max Lucado on mine too!

Karla said...

I am SO excited to see your first selection!!! I have recently discovered Shannon Ethridge and her ministry and am beyond-words excited about it. I'm trying to spread the word to everyone I know about her books. Such important and relevants topics, I feel. :)
I recently read Cure for the Common Life. I really liked it. I like the interactive study guide in the back!
Happy reading!

Barbara H. said...

The first one is one I've heard of and might like to read some day. My list os pretty full for now, though.

Master of None said...

I'm finally going to read At Home in Mitford that you got me way back when. I probably picked too many book to read...but if some don't "light my fire" ...I have choices.
I'm anxious to read the English mystery...haven't read a mystery in quite a while.

Gail said...

Good list! I think I've got too many on mine. The Lucado books looks interesting...looking forward to updates on them!

Anonymous said...

I have been meaning to get that Max Lucado book and read it too. Though I guess I should read first what I have!!! Hope you enjoy it, I'll be back to see what you thought of it!

Heather said...

I thin I would have to take a picture of our church library and the list from the card catalog. I had to choose to work my way through two series of missionary stories so I could remember what I was reading and what came next.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Ooh, great books here. I am so wanting to start the Aunt Dimity books, they've been on my library list for a few months, but I haven't finished several other "series" books that I want to read. So, I keep putting it off. They sound so good though!

I picked up "Cure for the Common Life" a couple of weeks ago in the library and put it back, just wasn't in the mood and wanted something lighter.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these, the other two also. Great list!

Happy Reading Dianne!

Monica - books are our friends said...

Madeleine L'Engle has a memoir?? Thanks for the tip. :) I'd love to read it.