Thursday, September 25, 2014

Read the Story ~ Fall Reading List

My gracious.  Last week Calgary, 2 hours away from us, had a major snow storm, in summer no less.  We even had a few flakes fall, just enough to shock us out of our summer haze and make a statement that fall is really truly coming.  We had some whisperings of frost warnings overnight and then today it's 30*C .  That's 86*F!!  That is our usual hot summer weather.  And get this.  I even took out the sprinkler yesterday and let the kids run through it.  In the first official days of fall!  Thank goodness Hubby hadn't yet turned off the water in the back yard.   I'm getting whiplash from our crazy weather.   We've been at least 10*C above our average temperature for days now.  We in Southern Alberta are pros at layered dressing because it can be cool and crisp in the morning and then as the sun gets higher in the sky we start to melt and peel those layers away.  And then the sun goes down and we are shivering if we haven't brought the layers along with us.  The leaves on most of the big trees out front have yellowed from the nip and the fall breezes make it look like it's actually "snowing" leaves the last couple of days, but we're sweltering in the heat.  It's like living in alternate universes.

And with the coming of fall comes the time I start to think of cozy sweaters, leaves crunching, warm drinks and what used to be the Fall into Reading challenge.  I don't think this is running anywhere anymore.  I so miss it.  I really looked forward to it each year with great anticipation and because I adore lists, especially book and reading lists, for my own personal satisfaction I'm doing a Fall Reading list.  It helps me to focus my reading a bit  and challenges me to read more and to turn off that television and choose to read instead.  I found over the summer when I didn't have a list it was so easy to just turn on that silly thing because I was tired at the end of the day or to while away time playing games on Facebook.  I know I am so much more satisfied at the end of the day when I've accomplished reading goals.  For me, it's a  better feeling using reading to relax.

If anyone would like to join me and share their own fall reading I would love that!  One of the things I miss most about the Fall Into Reading Challenge was seeing what everyone else was reading.  I added so many books to my own TBR pile from titles I found interesting on other's lists.  You can spread it around on your own post if you'd like, grab the button and add a link to here so your own readers can link also if they want.  This is totally no pressure.  Just a list of reads we can share.   I have no idea what to call this, so off the top of my head we'll just go with Read the Story Fall List.

So far here is my list for this fall.  I have some review books coming that will be added to it.  I'm excited already and even though fall is soooo busy for me I'm determined.

finishing this one up.  Such a good read of the history, logistics and stories of those red and green Christmas shoeboxes going to children all over the world.

One of my favorite authors and I've been waiting for this one since the beginning of the year.  It's been getting really good reviews everywhere.

Another author I really enjoy.  I think I found this one reviewed on Faith's blog awhile back if I'm not mistaken.  

My token non-fiction.  I am so not a non-fiction reader but I like to challenge myself with at least one on each list.  This one looked very interesting and has a study guide in the back and videos to watch online if you really want to make it into a study.  Thinking of this one for lady's study.

This one is in my pile out of the closet.   So many books in there, so I'm determined to knock that down a bit.  Was offered up on a review site awhile back and I was interested but couldn't get it because I was reviewing another book at the time.

I finished the first book of this 2 book series over the summer and really enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story.

7.  Reviewing the Real Life Devotional NIV Bible

Excited to get this one.  It's edited by Lis Terkuerst.  

I read another book by this author a few years back and really liked it.  So when I saw this at the library sale for a dollar I couldn't pass it up.  Leftover from my summer reads.

Well that is the list so far.  It seems a little short for me, I usually have a least 10, but I've left spaces open for review books as they come.  And if they don't come, then I'll just grab one of the 60 odd titles sitting in my closet or under my bed.  Yes, I know.  Don't judge me.  In my defense 90% are all second hand purchases so didn't cost more than a few dollars per book at the most.

If you'd like to share your own fall reading list, I'm putting up a linky.  I'd love to come and visit and see what you're reading.   Please keep in mind if you share cover pics that there is younger readers that come to my blog and will probably have a look see.  Please link to your specific post so others can find it easily and all posts linked that are not a reading list will be deleted.  Hope to see your name on there and find some new folks too.


Barbara H. said...

Looks like I need to peruse some book sales! I do get some free for very inexpensively for the Kindle app, but I still prefer a real book of paper. You've got some interesting titles listed.

I was just thinking of the Fall Into Reading the other day and had a pang of missing it, especially seeing what others were reading. I'll give this some thought. It has worked well for me this year to join a couple of reading challenges at the beginning of the year and then set monthly goals through the What's On Your Nightstand posts, but it may be helpful to map out what I want to get read for the next few months.

Carrie said...


I'm making up a list TODAY! I feel like I need book lists to keep me pointed in the right direction. And though life hasn't provided much reading time, at the end of the year I always feel like I need to become really focused to hit some goals.

SO GLAD you decided to do this! I'm in! I'll write up a post and link back up later today.

Carrie said...

I added my link (but I can't tell if it "took"):

nikkipolani said...

I don't seem to do as well with lists since my reading habits are mercurial. But I do love seeing other people's lists and gleaning from them for my non-listy-TBR. With limited space and budget, I'm very reluctant to purchase books unless I know I will enjoy re-reading, so I tend to read from what's available through my library, my aunt's own stash, or listen to audiobooks.