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!
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