Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Into Reading 2011

Well it's that time of the year again! The Fall Into Reading Challenge is here! Katrina at Callapidder Days is issuing out the command to get our reading lists out and done!
I started these twice-yearly challenges because I thought it would be fun to share my love of reading with other bloggers and to push myself to read some books I might not otherwise read, or to finish some books I had started and then abandoned & stashed under my bed. I thought there were probably others out there who would appreciate the accountability and encouragement that a challenge can provide. And along the way, I discovered there were lots of people who — whether they needed the extra push or not — loved to share what they planned or hoped to read during the upcoming months.

So that’s the point: sharing some reading goals with all the other participants and doing it in a way that works for you. If you want to push yourself, go for it! Or if you just want to share what you’re hoping to get around to reading before winter, that works too. The most important thing is to read this fall, to enjoy it, and to share that enjoyment with others.

I have been doing Katrina's challenges for FIVE years (my first one was just a few days after starting my blog!) and I look forward to them every time. This year I'm doing things a bit differently than how I normally do these challenges. I usually use just my library books for the challenge, either by using what I already had checked out or getting a bunch of new ones specifically for this challenge. However, since one of my reading goals in 2011 was to read less library books in order to read more of my own books, I only have 3 books from the library checked out. Therefore my list for this challenge consists of the review books that I need to read/review from now until 12/21. Reading has slowed down quite a bit since I started working full time earlier this year. And as I learned from the last challenge in the spring, other books WILL come up forcing me to adjust my schedule. It'll be interesting to see how many books I won't be reading that are originally on the list and how many I will be adding. the list! All 62 books of reading goodness.

Chick Lit
  • To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
  • Original Sin by Beth McMullen
  • The Popularity Rules by Abby McDonald
  • If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster
  • Here Come the Girls by Milly Johnson
  • Fly Away Home by Jennifer Wiener
  • Promises, Promises by Erica James
  • Love Always by Harriet Evans
Christian Fiction
  • The Wounded Heart by Adina Senft
  • Dancing on Glass by Pamela Binnings Ewen
  • Deeply Devoted by Maggie Brendan
  • The Mercy by Beverly Lewis
  • Hello Hollywood by Janice Thompson
  • House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson
  • Kiss of Night by Debbie Viguie
  • A Wedding Invitation by Alice Wisler
  • The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller
  • Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy
  • Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist
  • A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes
  • Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin
  • Broken Wings by Carla Stewart
  • She Makes It Looks Easy by Marybeth Whalen
  • Bridge to a Distant Star by Carolyn Williford
  • Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn
  • The Heiress by Susan May Warren
  • A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley
  • Nobody's Child by Austin Boyd
  • Day of War by Cliff Graham
  • Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman
  • The Opposite of Art by Athol Dickson
  • The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson
Contemporary Women's Fiction
  • Her Sister's Shadow by Katharine Britton
  • The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache
  • Things We Didn't Say by Kristina Riggle
General/Historical/Literary Fiction
  • Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
  • Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
  • The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
  • The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelley
  • Tassy Morgan's Bluff by Jim Stinson
  • A Stranger Like You by Elizabeth Brundage
  • Best Kept Secret by Amy Havatny
  • Maman's Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan
  • Holy Ghost Girl by Donna Johnson
  • The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter
  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
  • Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me by Ian Morgan Cron
  • Season to Taste by Molly Birnbaum
  • Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
  • You are So Not Smart by David McRaney
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  • The Greatest Music Stories Never Told by Rick Beyer
  • Don't Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Salvaged by Stefne Miller
  • Reasons to be Happy by Katrina Kittle
  • Are You Going to Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tanen
  • Rise by Stefne Miller
  • Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Shattered by Melody Carlson
  • Family by Mical Ostow
  • Ingenue by Jillian Larkin


  1. I thought I was being ambitious with 25 books but you certainly beat me! My list is comprised of review books and books that will allow me to complete the other challenges I signed up for this year - library books, historical fiction, and a bunch of books from my bookshelves.

    Good luck...I will definitely be back to read some of your reviews.

  2. I am amazed that you can work full time and still plan to read 62 books! :) I'm curious about the Athol Dickson book -- The Opposite of Art. And I've had Fly Away Home on my "maybe" list for a while now. Great list as always, Deborah. And five years -- Wow! It's been fun. :)

  3. My goodness! What a an awesome list! I am new to your blog, and I have to say that I'm really enjoying it. This challenge sounds fun. I am a new blogger myself, and I am participating in my first reading challenge ever this month.

  4. My goodness, girl, your list is still astounding. And you are working full time now? Wow. I'm like you, I have so many at home, I really need to stay out of the library for awhile. Happy reading.

  5. I'm always struck by your variety (and of course your VOLUME). I've read a few of these. I really liked Alice Bliss and Russian Winter.

  6. Wow, you are going to be a busy reading bee this fall! A lot of fun looking titles - I've been eying Jennifer Weiner's new book also, love her! Happy reading!

  7. Great list! Season to Taste has been on my TBR list for awhile now - I hope you like it! My list is here.

  8. You have some great reads on your list. Good luck on your fall reading goal.

  9. Looks like a great list Deborah...congrats on both your fifth FIR challenge and your fifth blogoversary! Time sure flies. =)

  10. Wow, that is quite a list for your reading having slowed down. Looks like a great list, have fun.

  11. Great List! The thing I enjoy so much about this challenge is that I find such great books to add to my own list. Good luck and have fun.

  12. Wow! That's a list! I recently read Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me and I really enjoyed it. I'm on the wait list for Forbidden...can't wait for that one. Enjoy your fall reading!

  13. I've got In the Garden of Beasts on my list too. Happy readng!

  14. Sloane Tanen has a YA book out? Must have! (I adore her Coco books.) ::dashes off to amazon::


  15. Wow! What a list! Mine no longer seems so long. Just before the Challenge I read Divergent and really liked it. Will there be more? Happy Reading!

  16. My goodness, this is quite the ambitious list! You are putting me to shame! I read Fly Away Home and In the Garden of Beasts earlier this year and enjoyed them both, so I hope that you like them too! Looking forward to all of your reviews, and good luck!

  17. Wow, if you get all those read, I think I'm going to be insanely jealous! :) Looks like a FUN list, too!!


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