3.20.2009

I'm Going to Do It

It's been a long while, but I decided to jump in this time...It's the at Callapidder Days.

I'm going to try to read one book a week between now and June 20th. That's thirteen this spring! (Amazon is going to be super happy because I only own about half of what I hope to read. Don't tell David!)

I hope to post reviews of at least the books I really enjoyed each Friday during the challenge, so in case you are wondering about a few of them or need something to check out at your local library (lucky you, to have a local library...), you might find ideas here.

I plan on choosing my thirteen reads from the following list:

1. and 2. The first two Harry Potter books, by J.K. Rowling

3. and 4. The second two Harry Potter books, by J.K. Rowling

5. (Finish) Eighty Years and More, the autobiography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

6. (Read again) Possession, by A.S. Byatt

7. Resurrection, by Leo Tolstoy

8. 1491, by Charles C. Mann

9. The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell

10. The Arabian Nights, edited by Husain Haddawy and Muhsin Mahdy

11. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by MaryAnn Schaffer and Annie Barrows

12. Paradise Lost, by John Milton

13. Boys Adrift, by Leonard Sax

14. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

15. First Light (A.D. Chronicles), by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene

16. Sailing to Sarantium, by Guy Gavriel Kay

17. Sailing Alone Around the Room, poetry by Billy Collins

18. God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible, by Adam Nicolson

19. The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber

20. The Uncommon Reader: A Novella, by Alan Bennett

21. (Read again) The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck

22. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Have you read any of them? Any recommendations for my first read? Anything fabulous you've read lately that should absolutely replace one of my choices?

If you'd like to join in reading, visit Callapidder Days for the complete 4-1-1 on the Spring Reading Thing.

15 comments:

Real said...

I've read parts of 1491. It was really fascinating but I was a little put off by the enthusiastic writing. Also, you can't go wrong with the Harry Potter books.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Can I tell you how happy I was when you left a comment on my Read Together post?? I have been so bad about blog-visiting.

I read Possession -- a bit much for me (I'm not as esoteric as you, I think) -- but I don't hear of many people reading that.

Stick with HP after #1. It didn't impress me much, but OH MY they get good after that. So--my recommendation is to read #1 -- fast, then get to the good stuff.

FYI -- you are not following your own advice, because your email is not enabled in your comment posting thing (that's how I always respond too).

Debi said...

Wow...what a wonderfully eclectic pile of books you've got to choose from! Good luck...and have fun!

PisecoMom (Mom's Marbles) said...

This looks like a good list! I loved all the Harry Potter books and I have enjoyed AS Byatt including Possession, too. I added The Uncommon Reader to my TBR list earlier today, and thanks to you I've just added 1491 as well. :)

JoAnn said...

I love your list! The Good Earth is one of my all-time favorites, Unaccustomed Earth is one of my favorites of the year so far, Possession and Shadow of the Wind are in my tbrpile. Happy Spring!

Katrina said...

I am so happy that you'll be part of the Spring Reading Thing! And I love that you'll be doing some reviews, too -- I look forward to reading them.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but I know some people just really don't enjoy them. I also plan to read The Guernsey Literary, etc. book this spring -- it definitely looks like a good one. And Sarah Vowell always cracks me up, even if she and I don't share similar political views. :)

Enjoy your reading, and thanks again for joining the challenge!

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

The only one of those books that I have read was "First Light". I could not put it down, nor any of the rest of the series (of which we own 1-7).

Anne said...

Traci, you are awesome of course! What a great plan! I like that Sailing to Sarantium is on your list! I can mail it (and the sequel) to you if you send me an address. And I am sure you know that Amazon offers 4-for-3 pricing on a lot of books, especially the mass market paperback versions. Some I just buy used since all you usually pay for is shipping. Good luck with your list!

Brittanie said...

I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. I want to reread it this year at some point. :)

Nise' said...

I want to read the AD Chronicles one of these days. Happy Reading.

Lindsay said...

Great list have fun reading and ordering books :-)

mrs.cupcake said...

great list, and lucky you for getting to buy new books... my husband banned me from amazon until we buy a house. enjoy.

Auntie S said...

I read "Book of Lost Things" late last summer with K and I still think about it. I love your list but will have to pick and choose...

Blog O' Beth said...

I teach Paradise Lost in my Lit class and I love it. It is a compelling story about Satan and when you find yourself cheering on Lucifer drop me a note. It will sneak up on you and next thing you know, you feel bad for him. He's an amazing orator and it is obvious why 1/3 of the angels in heaven followed him.

Since you have so many lovely boys I would add; "Treasure Island" or "The Three Musketeers" or "The Crystal Cave" - all great books for boys.

Camille said...

Unaccustomed Earth is amazing. It's my absolute favorite book of short stories.