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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Boing, Boing, Boing!



I am so excited to see signs of spring popping out all over my yard! Red-breasted robins, hopping about in the bird bath, tiny little buds on the trees, tufts of green grass popping up all over the yard. (That reminds me, I need to have the Man-O-the-House do a lawnmower maintenance check.) I love the fact that I can open my windows and let the breeze flutter through the curtains and whistle through the mini-blinds. I don’t even hate the rumbling thunder that heralds a coming storm – as long as those twisters stay away!

So, in the spirit of spring, I’ve been spring cleaning the linen closet, the coat closet, the bookshelves, etc. I love my books, and wouldn’t get rid of any, when I can just pile more in ever corner, and build a couple more bookshelves to hold them all! The thing is, I usually have a fairly modest TBR (to-be-read) pile. But in preparation for the Spring Reading Thing 2007, hosted by Katrina over at Callapidder Days. I decided to scour the bookshelves, end tables, desk, and the catch-all space under the edge of the bed for books I really need to read this spring.

If you ever hear me complain that I just finished the best book in the world and have nothing to read, go right ahead and bop me on the head with the ugly liar stick! I am an Amazon.com used book seller addict! At the very least, I get a monthly un-birthday present from myself straight from my wishlist at zooba.com. I always have a TBR pile.

So, in the interest of full-disclosure, and cleaner tables, shelves, corners and under-the-bed areas –-- here’s what’s currently in my stack:



Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss -– I read about this book somewhere online, (I can't remember where.)and was left with the impression that is was a must read. I jumped over to Amazon and ordered it used. I can’t wait to dig into this classic!

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke -– recommended over coffee and chocolate lava cakes at the Ultimate Blog Party by Amy over at Untangling Tales I ordered this one from Amazon, as well.

Believing God by Beth Moore -– being a Beth Moore novice, (I’ve only read “Get Out of That Pit” with the Bloggity Book Club) I nabbed this book as a freebie from the Billy Graham website a while back. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a while. I hope not only to read it this spring, but to use it in a Christian Book Club Connection Group (our church’s answer to the small group dynamic). If “Pit” was an faithful representation of Beth Moore’s style, I think it could be life-changing!

The Art of Standing Still by Penny Culliford -– I hear about books, or read quotes from them all over the place. I scribble titles on post-its, on the spare deposit slips in the back of my checkbook, and just about everywhere else. I ran across a ‘books I want to read’ list recently, and this was on it. I don’t know why. So I figured, why not! I ordered it from Amazon (see, I told you I had a serious problem) and it’s in the pile!

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg -– I ordered this one from zooba.com back before Christmas. I really enjoyed Fannie’s Fried Green Tomatoes, and A Redbird Christmas. This one should be simple, but fun!

The Princess Bride by William Goldman –- We absolutely love this movie. There are members of my household who can quote it verbatim, and often do. Probably one of the most often used quotes is “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” (Probably not funny, unless you know the movie the way we do.) Little snippets lace our conversations almost daily, and we have a hundred little inside jokes that have evolved from this one! So, I decided about a year ago to order this one because, in my experience the book is always better than the movie! I’ll let you know if it’s true in this case!

Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado –- I like to read fiction. It’s almost better than chocolate…at least as good! But I’d like to imagine that I am a deep-thinking adult and in the interest of learning more about this abundant life I’ve been given, I occasionally add non-fiction books to my TBR stack. Honestly, they often get sifted to the bottom, but occasionally in a fit of discipline, I will pick one up and read it. If it’s a Max Lucado book, I am always glad I did!

Digging to America by Anne Tyler -– I believe this one was recommended by my daughter, Sarah. She seems to be pretty popular (Anne, that is – though I do have a hard time keeping Sarah’s friends’ names straight). So I picked this one up off of a sales table recently, and into the pile it went.

Emma by Jane Austen -– One of the classics I never got around to. I try to keep at least one of these in my pile at all times. There’s just something musical about the language of the classics, the really good ones. It takes more brain matter for me to get through them, but they are so rewarding! I hope I enjoy this one as much as I did Pride and Prejudice.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith -- This one was a favorite of mine in high school. I still remember the book report cover I drew for it in my AP English class. This book really affected me, and I can’t remember why. So, when I saw it in the zooba.com catalog I added it to my wish list, and happy-un-birthday-to-me, it came in the mail! I can’t wait to revisit it after almost twenty-five years. (Wow, am I really that old?)

So the Spring Reading Thing starts today, March 21st, and goes through June 21st. I’ll be posting my thoughts on any really good reads in the interim, and then jump in with a final tally at the end of the “Thing”. For more great books-to-read ideas, check in with Katrina over at Callapidder Days, and let Mr. Linky be your tour guide!

34 comments:

melody said...

I think you've inspired me to spring clean and gather my own stack of unread books...I think.

Tiany said...

You’re reading two of my all time favorites! Emma and Stepping Heavenward! Both wonderful books and Im sure you’re going to enjoy them greatly!

Be blessed and Happy reading!

Tiany

Katrina said...

You have some really great books on your list! We're always quoting The Princess Bride around here, too, and I definitely need to add that book to my to-read list soon! Thanks for joining the challenge!

Karen said...

I should reread A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as well. I remember reading it in Junior high and high school; I still laugh when I recall how one of the characters weaned her child! Thankfully I never had to resort to that tactic. :)

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

I know I've read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but it was so long ago I can't remember a thing about it. I guess I'll have to add that to my summer stack!

Susanne said...

Great List! I am so the same as you with fiction vs. non fiction reading! Your little "addiction" made me smile.

Happy reading!

Stephanie said...

Inconceivable!!! What a great list!! Can you tell I like the Princess Bride? No? Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father prepare to die. I might have seen it once or twice or 38 times!

Yeah, I'm with you on the NEW TBR list!! These challenges are KILLING me!

Lisa said...

I LOVE Stepping Heavenward. i'm planning to give each of my daughters a copy before they leave home. It's amazing how it was written so long ago and yet she deals with the same heart/mind issues that today's women deal with.

A great choice!

And thanks for stopping by.

Malady said...

Hey there! Thanks for checking in at my blog. I love love love Fannie Flagg so I hope you enjoy DAISY FAY.

Nise' said...

Enjoyed checking out your reading list! You will LOVE Believing God, you should do the study she wrote. I took it when it was originally an online study. It was awesome and I will never forget the 5 statement pledge of faith!
I have Emma on my list as well! Oh, I was cracking up at your Princess Bride remarks! That movies is one of my kids all time favorites and we, too, still quote the movie! Hello, my name is.. oops, anyway Good Luck and Happy Reading!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Oh so many good books on your list! I love the look and feel of your blog. Very nice and comforting. Happy Spring and Happy Reading!

Melissa R. Garrett said...

Thanks so much for stopping by Little Woolgatherings. I have to say, I do believe your list is a little less "self help" than mine LOL! Emma is one of my favorites, and I, too, LOVE The Princess Bride. My first intro to Cary Elwes was courtesy that movie. Swoon . . . sigh . . . "as you wish" Yes, I do wish.

Deena said...

You've got some great reads on your list! Both Beth Moore and Max Lucado are excellent...

Jenny in Ca said...

oohh, good list. I think I am having book list envy already! I see a few favorites on your list. Stepping Heavenward, I read that again at least once a year-mine is all marked up with things underlined. Emma- a favorite! so hard to pick which one of her books is my fav-or which heroine for that matter. -Standing still, that sounds intriguing, I will have to look for that one. -Princess Bride, oh yes-we quote the movie all the time, I think our favorite line is "never start a land war in Asia".
Happy reading! give us a review of Princess Bride, wondering if it will be different then the movie.

jenclair said...

Loved Daisy Fae and the Miracle Man, Emma, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Have to say, though, I enjoyed Emma better after seeing the movie. My favorite Austen is Pride and Prejudice.

Barbara H. said...

I see we have some of the same books and same thoughts!

I read Emma in college and really enjoyed it -- I'd love to revisit it some day.

Stepping Heavenward was a treasure -- I really enjoyed it some years ago.

Somehow I have never yet read a Beth Moore book -- maybe the next reading challenge I'll add one of hers.

So many good books, so little time....

Ellen B. said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've really enjoyed Cornelia Funke. I'm a sucker for children's books.
Blessings

Jennifer said...

Great Books! I need to add to my list. Thanks for the inspiration

Rae said...

Your list is so great, I bet I'll be adding half of these books to my next list. I can't wait to see your reviews on the Beth Moore & Jane Austen & Fannie Flagg books. Good luck with your list & happy reading! =)

Carla said...

oooh, I just added another book to my list! The Princess Bride, and we love that movie. Dh will tell me, "As you wish" when I ask him to do something.

Emma was good, I liked Pride and Prejudice better though. Wonder if I still would? Might need to add those two as well. :) Is it possible to end the Sprint Reading Thing with more books than you started?

Trina said...

I loved Stepping Heavenward, I felt like I shared so much in common with the main character. Can't wait to read it again when my friend gives my copy back. I look forward to reading Emma one day. So far I've only watched the movie. Good Luck with your list.
Blessings

Tricia said...

I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! Enjoy the challenge!

Lauren S. said...

I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in 10th grade and loved it! I am going to add that to my reread list! Have fun reading!

kardel said...

Wow, what a great list. I've never heard of Stepping Heavenward, but sounds like maybe I should add it to my list.

I updated my site with the actual link to the 90 day Bible reading plan. Let me know if you try it.

Kate said...

Hello! Great to "meet" you today via the SRT 2007 :) I've read Stepping Heavenward...really good! Love the Princess Bride movie, look forward to your review of the book...and Max Lucado, awesome! Good for you and have fun! :-)

Jennifer said...

You are funny!! I need to come over here more often. Hopefully we'll both get through a Tree Grows in Brooklyn and can compare notes.

Andrea said...

I keep hearing about "Cure for the Common Life". Make sure you say if you like it or not--I would like it if it was practical.

Jane said...

What a great reading stack! Very diverse list. have fun reading!

debi said...

Sounds like a wonderful list! My daughter loved Inkheart (as well as Cornelia Funke's other books). Been meaning to read them myself...you know, along with the 5 million and 3 other books.
Good luck! And happy spring!

Amy said...

Fannie Flagg is one of my favorite authors. I loved "Standing in the Rainbow" and "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl"

I have not read "Daisy Fay" yet but look forward to it in the future.
Happy reading!

Heidi said...

Emma was one of my favorite Austen books.
Good luck on yoru list!

Alexis said...

What a great list. some I would love to read too and some are new to me. enjoy your reads!!!

VillageCafe said...

I think you'll love INKHEART -- that was one of my favorite books the year I read it! I've now got the sequel, INKSPELL, to read -- it's on my TBR list for this year. ;o)

Also, the online group I'm in, BibleInOneYear will be studying "BELIEVING GOD" together, starting April 9th! If you want to join us, by all means DO! :-D (I'm behind in reading it -- haven't started, really -- so don't let that stop you! I plan to read as we go along). ;o)

<>< Mizbooks

Nancy said...

I too read young adult fiction and keep meaning to read Funke's books. I read A Tree Grows in Brookland for the first time a few years back.

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