Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Spring Reading Challenge

It's that time again - time to welcome Spring and time to get with the program (i.e. Katrina's Spring Thing Reading Challenge) and figure out just what I want to read over the next few months. This year I started keeping a list of what I've read as well as what I hope to read, so this isn't all that hard. I know this is an ambitious list but I since I reserve the right to switch gears at any time, I'm free to dream all I want!

First order of business: I need to finish some books I've started recently:
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? (Philip Yancey) (blurb) non-fiction, Christian life
The Garden of the Soul:Cultivating Your Spiritual Life (Keri Wyatt Kent) non-fiction, spiritual growth
Miss Julia Takes Over (Ann B. Ross) fiction
Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart (Wayne Oates) non-fiction, Christian life
Boundaries in Marriage (Cloud & Townsend) non-fiction, relationships

Then onto some new ones:
The Ragamuffin Gospel (Brennan Manning) non-fiction, Christian life
Surprised by Joy (C.S. Lewis) non-fiction, Christian life
Resting Place (Jane Rubietta) non-fiction, Christian life
Desiring God's Will: Aligning Our Hearts With The Heart Of God (David G. Benner) non-fiction, Christian life
The Life You Always Wanted (John Ortberg) non-fiction, Christian life (recommended by a pastor at church)
Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen) fiction
Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Patterson) fiction
Gardenias for Breakfast (Robin Jones Gunn) fiction
Quaker Summer (Lisa Samson) fiction


Barb said...

Quite a list, Dianne. Thanks to you, I have my first Ann B. Ross book waiting in the wings - Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. Right now I'm knee deep in The Doctor's Wife. My word, what an intense book!

The day you decided to clean out your bookshelves was certainly my lucky day. Thank you again.

Bunny Trails said...

Hi there, Dianne with 2 n's! I have actually checked your blog out recently when I saw your (my?) name on someone else's blog. I'm thinking Barb over at A Chelsea Morning or Sprittibee maybe.

I love your list - you have some great books on there. I'll be back to read your reviews.

Dianne :-)

Jennifer said...

I really enjoyed The Life You've Always Wanted. It's a different approach to the spiritual disciplines. Lots of really great applications.

gail said...

So good to see you back Dianne! I've missed you.

I enjoy the Miss Julia books...have thought about reading Bridge to Terabithia, might have read it years ago but can't quite remember. And want to check out the Gardenias for Breakfast one too after reading about it on another blog. Good list!

Susanne said...

Sounds like a great list Dianne! I've heard Quaker Summer is really good. Looking forward to you reviews.

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

Great list! I tried but could not get through Pride and Prejudice. I really wanted to, but I gave it up. :-(

Deena said...

You'll love Quaker Summer and Prayer by Philip Yancey...and Gardenias for Breakfast is a wonderful springtime read...Great list!

Rae said...

Great picks! Looking forward to your reviews. Happy Reading! =)

Katrina said...

Great list, Dianne. I have Garden of the Soul and The Life You've Always Wanted sitting on one of my shelves, but haven't read either of them yet. Sigh...will I ever get around to ALL these books? :)

I'm glad you joined in the challenge!

Nise' said...

Enjoyed checking out your list. I am going to have to get Gardenias for Breakfast.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wonderful list! I'm so glad you're keeping track here of what you're reading, and I look forward to hearing more about most of these :)

So glad you're back, you've been missed :)

Tammy said...

Wonderful list! I wrote a review on Gardenias for Breakfast a month or so back, because I enjoyed it so much!
I like so many of your other choices, too...I'm doing a Bible Study in my home group on Boundaries with Children.
I'd love to read almost all the non-fiction books you mentioned, Diane...and actually almost put Quaker Summer on my list!
We have really similar taste!
Happy reading! :)

Alexis said...

You have a great list here. I have added some to my master to read list. Happy Reading!!!

Lisa writes... said...

Quaker Summer is on my list as well! And my nine year old really, really wants me to read Bridge To Terabithia. And Pride and Prejudice is hands down my favorite novel of all time!

Happy Reading!

Anonymous said...

Pride & Prejudice is one of my all time favorite reads!!! Bridge to terabithia is on my list too. We will have to compare notes.