- Does what you read vary by the season? For instance, do you read different kinds of books in the summer than the winter?
I don't think I deliberately choose different kinds of books by the season - mostly I just read whatever my book clubs are reading and whatever interests me - although I guess there is some difference during holidays and vacations.
- If so, do you break it down by genre, length of book, or ... ?
During holidays like Christmas break and during vacation times, I usually will choose books that will really grab my attention, that are quick reads, that I won't want to put down. For example, after Christmas this past year, I read Michael Crichton's latest novel, and during one summer trip, I took whichever Harry Potter had just been released. Paperbacks are also good for traveling.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Since we're one-third of the way through spring, I thought I'd make a progress report. Of the 25 books I previously listed, I've read just four - although I am almost finished with another. I've also read a book for one of the five "wild card" spots. If I'm really going to read 30 books by June 21, I'm going to have to pick up the pace. How are you doing on your list?
Chris Bohjalian - The Double Bind (2007)
- Orson Scott Card - Sarah (2000)
- Anita Diamant - The Red Tent (1997)
- Kim Edwards - The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2005)
- Lisa Gardner - Hide (2007)
- Ken Grimwood - Replay (1986)
- Shannon Hale - The Princess Academy (2005)
Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms (1929)
- Jan Karon - In This Mountain (2002)
Kermit the Frog - Before You Leap (2006)
- Sue Monk Kidd - Firstlight: Early Inspirational Writings (2006)
- Sophie Kinsella - Shopaholic & Baby (2007)
- John Lescroart - The Suspect (2007)
- Gerald Lund - Fishers of Men (2000)
- Gregory Maguire - Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999)
Betty Mahmoody - Not Without My Daughter (1987)
- Stephenie Meyer - Twilight (2005)
- Brandon Mull - Fablehaven (2006)
- Christopher Paolini - Eragon (2003)
Michael Palmer - The Fifth Vial (2007)
- Jodi Picoult - I still haven't decided which one to read.
- Alexander McCall Smith - Tears of the Giraffe (2003)
- Caroll Spinney - Wisdom of Big Bird (2003)
- Lisa Unger - Beautiful Lies (2006)
- Gloria Whelen - Listening for Lions (2005)
- Stephen White - Dry Ice (2007)
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I can't remember where I first heard about Booking Through Thursday, but today I'm finally getting around to playing along!
Okay, there must be something you read that's a guilty pleasure . . . a Harlequin romance stashed under the mattress. A cheesy sci-fi book tucked in the back of the freezer. A celebrity biography, a phoned-in Western . . . something that you'd really rather not be spotted reading. Even just a novel if you're a die-hard non-fiction fan. Come on, confess. We won't hold it against you!
I consider much of what I read to be "guilty pleasure" or "escapism" reading. Enjoying a few minutes - or hours - of another "reality" is a relaxing, fun diversion! While I like to think that I still maintain some literary standards in my choices, among the authors whose work I adore without necessarily viewing it as great literature are the following (in alphabetical order):
Note: I've cross-posted this from my "regular" blog where I frequently participate in Thursday Thirteen. Come visit me there too!
I love to read! My principle source of books is the library. Because I feel a sense of urgency to read the books I check out of the library - so as to avoid those pesky fines - books from other sources often sit for some time before I get to them. These are some of the books that are waiting for me.
- Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
My mom read this and passed it along to me. I don't even know what it is about.
- A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons
Another book passed to me by my mom. I loved Gibbons' Ellen Foster, but I didn't like Divining Women, so I've not felt compelled to get to this one.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
I've read this previously - many years ago - but I keep thinking I'd like to read it again around Easter and ponder on the symbolism. It hasn't happened yet.
- The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
This was the pick in one of my book clubs two or so years ago, and my mom lent me her copy. The classics aren't usually my favorite choices, and when I realized I'd be out of town during the book club meeting, I didn't even try to read it.
- The Secret Circle by Dona Schenker
This young people's novel belongs to Jelly Bean, and I've been intending to read it for several years.
- Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
My mom lent me this one after our book club read The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency - which I absolutely loved. I did put Tears of the Giraffe on my Spring Reading Thing list so I'd have some incentive to get it read.
- An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
Another one my mom read and passed along.
- These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy E. Turner
This one belongs to my mom too, and I borrowed it when it was chosen in one of my book clubs. I got about halfway through - but I couldn't attend the meeting so I abandoned it.
- Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations by Mark Chaves
My friend Laraine picked this one up at a used bookstore and passed it along to me.
- C. S. Lewis: The Man and His Message by Andrew C. Skinner and Robert L. Millet
This was a Christmas gift from my mom a few years ago.
- Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
I've read bits and pieces of this one over the last ten years - and I've used some of Pipher's ideas in presentations I've done - but sometime I'd like to read it straight through.
- Dark Assassin by Anne Perry
Perry is a favorite author of mine, but I usually get her books from the library. I bought this one a year ago when I had a chance to hear her speak, so that I'd have something for her to sign.
- The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
This 1997 Newbery Medal Winner belongs to Jelly Bean too. I was on a Konigsburg reading spree a couple years ago and read many of the books she'd written in the period since I'd read (and loved!) Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a child. Because we own this one, I didn't get to it - but one day I will.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Published in 2006. 224 pages.
I heard about Before You Leap from Melessa, who is a big Muppets fan. As she said, "What's not to love?"
I didn't put this one on my Spring Reading Thing list, but I had picked it up at the library and I just kept opening it up and reading a few more pages until, all of a sudden, I was finished with it! So I'm going to count it as one of my five "wild card" picks.
Here are two highlights of the book ...
In the chapter titled "The Seven Dreams of Highly Effective Amphibians", I found this bit of advice:
You must look deep inside your heart and ask what you really want. If your immediate answer is "dessert," you probably missed your heart and went directly to your stomach.
And I loved this quote in the chapter titled "Love Amphibian Style":
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Published in 2007. 372 pages.
I've read all of Michael Palmer's medical thrillers and enjoyed them all. This one, despite a bit of a slow beginning, was no exception.
In the afterword, Palmer says this:
My goal in writing suspense is first and foremost to entertain my readers and to transport them, however transiently, from the stresses and cares of their lives to the highly stylized world of the novel. My secondary goals are to inform and to present, without resolution, issues of social and ethical importance.
He goes on to discuss organ donation and "the importance of [our] participate in an act that [he] feel[s] defines humility and righteousness." I am an organ donor, as is my sixteen-year-old daughter. If you aren't already an organ donor, I hope you'll consider it too. For more information, see OrganDonor.Gov. Utahns can sign up here.