Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Into Reading 2011

September 23 - December 21
Hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days

Fall is a marvelous time for curling up with a good book! My reading goal for 2011 (as it has been for several years running) is 104 books (an average of two books a week). This year (for the first time) I'm thinking that my goal is attainable. As of today I have read 71 books, so I've got only 33 left to go! With that goal in mind, I've chosen the following books for my Fall Into Reading list:

Salt Lake County Library Reader's Choice Nominees
  • Bliss Remembered by Frank Deford

  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

  • Mothers and Other Liars by Amy Bourret

  • The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum

  • The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
(Check out the "Reader's Choice" blog here.)

In Honor of Banned Books Week (September 24-October 1)
  • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Also on the "List Swap" Selections list.)
(Update: Check out the "Banned Books Challenge" blog here.)

Recent or Upcoming Releases (A mix of genres.)
  • Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry

  • Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

  • The Death Cure by James Dashner

  • Faith: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh* (Also on the IRL Book Clubs list.)

  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

  • The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

  • The Place of Knowing: A Spiritual Autobiography by Emma Lou Warner Thayne

List Swap Selections
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  • The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Also on the Banned Books Week list.)
(For an explanation of the "list swap" project and my complete list, click here.)

Picks for My IRL Book Clubs
  • Faith by Jennifer Haigh* (Also on the Recent Releases list.)

  • Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan*

  • The Silent Gondoliers by William Goldman

  • The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

  • An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life by Mary Johnson

  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
(Updated on September 30, following September's book club meetings, and again on November 21.)

Required Reading (For my "Teaching Through Literature Discussions" class.)
  • The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah Eden

  • Possession by Elana Johnson

  • A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Books Received for Review
  • Lost on Treasure Island: A Memoir of Longing, Love, and Lousy Choices in New York City by Steve Friedman

  • Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression by Ida Lichter*

Other Nonfiction Titles
  • His Final Hours by Jeffrey Marsh*

  • Lighten Up by Chieko Okazaki

  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

  • The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery by Kathryn Lynard Soper

Other Fiction Titles (Mostly YA.)
  • Acceleration by Graham McNamee

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  • Extras by Scott Westerfeld*

  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

  • This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

*Started reading prior to September 23.

What are you reading this fall?


  1. Great list! I'm going to participate in Fall Into Reading 2011 too. I'm looking forward to it. It's looking like my list will hold 25 books...lots of southern fiction and books that have been on my shelves forever.

  2. I hope you'll cross-post something about those banned books on our Banned Books blog. Here's the link for those of you who don't know about it:

  3. Quite the list! Wow.
    Have fun reading

  4. I love seeing the reading lists for other teachers! I bet there are a bunch of great books on there. Jotted down a couple of titles, thanks!

  5. Great list of books. I love Scott Westerfeld's books. Good luck with your list.

  6. Great list! Good luck and happy reading!

  7. Wow -- impressive goal. And good for you for doing so well so far this year! Thanks for being part of FIR '11. Enjoy your (extensive!) fall reading!

  8. Impressive list!

    I read Unbroken and Anna and the French Kiss earlier this year and really enjoyed them both!

    Happy Reading! :)

  9. Wow, what a list!
    I loved "Summer of my German Soldier" when I was young.

  10. Amy: One of these days I'm going to have to really focus on books already on my shelves! :)

    Bonnie: I'll plan on posting something on the Banned Books blog! Hopefully, I'll get both books read in the next week.

    kewkew: Thanks! You too!

    Canda: I love sharing reading lists!

    Sandra: I'm "reading" Extras via audiobook, and I'm enjoying it.

    Amy: Thank you!

    Katrina: Thank you for hosting this challenge! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my post.

    Amy: I've heard a lot of good things about Unbroken and Anna and the French Kiss and am eager to read them. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed them!

    Pattie: I can't believe I've not read The Summer of My German Soldier before!

  11. Wow, 104! I'm lucky if I get to 40 and my friends think I read alot. Enjoy all your choices!

  12. Susanne: There are lots of things I don't do (and probably should) so that I can read! :) Thanks for stopping by!