Fall Into Reading: Wrap It Up!

Fall Into Reading 2012 with Callapidder Days

Seems like this has been THE longest Fall ever. The days just creeped by! BUT… I did manage to get a good handful of books read.

I stuck to my original list, for the most part, and I added quite a few more along the way.

My original Fall challenge list::

1. The Promise by Chaim Potok :: Always a Potok fan! Wasn’t disappointed with this follow up to The Chosen.

2. Quitter by Jon Acuff (audiobook) :: Great book! Recommending it to so many and I don’t even have a traditional “job” in any sense of the word. (It’s not really about quitting either. :-) …and I loved his other book Stuff Christian’s Like -hilarious!)

3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith :: TOTALLY forgot it was on my list! I read almost all the books on my list right away and thought I had them all done or at least started… oops!

4. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway  (November book club) :: I gave it 3 out of 5 stars (in GoodReads) This was my first Hemingway, I know it’s different than his style is his other books, but it didn’t make me want to run out and read more of his work right now.

5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain :: Loved this! Can’t decide if I would stress more that all introverts should read this or ALL extroverts. Nobody’s off the hook. All would benefit from the knowledge of this book.

6. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (audiobook) :: Entertaining story! Laughed many times at her lack of backpacking knowledge, definitely not a backpacking how-to story.

7. Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs :: Not usually big Historical Fiction fan, Christian or not. But I had read part one/book one* of Higgs interpretation of the book of Ruth a few years ago and finally got around to grabbing a Kindle copy. I may have enjoyed this one better! You could easily read just this one and not be lost on the story, which was nice. (*Book one is Here Burns My Candle)

8. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller {in progress} This book is officially on hold. I know SO many people loved it but maybe this just isn’t the right timing for me. I have it on my Kindle so maybe I can finish it sometime in the future.

Additional books read:

9. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (audiobook) :: Reading both A Moveable Feast by Hemingway and The Paris Wife, a novel told from his Paris wife, back to back was a fun combo. Being that was the first Hemingway I’d read and I think it helped that I knew the basic story first.

10. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (December book club) :: Fun, short kids story.

11. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker :: Enjoyed this one! Loved her book 7, so I wanted to read more from Hatmaker. (Plus, her style is just so funny! If you’re looking for humor, 7 is where you should start!) The timing of reading this for me was good. It’s sort of her (and her family’s) story and transition to starting a church which was enlightening and applicable to me right now. (Not the “starting a new church” part)

12. Wrecked by Jeff Goins :: Thought-provoking and a great message. I hope I never get stuck in ‘comfortable’ and forget being ‘wrecked’ is a good thing.

13. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith :: Read book 1 in the series with our book club and right away wanted to read this one. Took me awhile to get my copy from the library (was to expensive to buy!!) I’m not usually a ‘series’ reader but this one got me hooked!

14. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (audiobook & January book club) {in progress}

15. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson :: Fun, light read! Highly recommend it! Thinking about buying a copy. 1: because I’d read it again for sure, and 2: because I love loaning out good books!

16. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (audiobook) {in progress}

This has been another fun reading challenge, will be back in the Spring for the next one with a new baby along for the ride!

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