Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall Into Reading 2011

My blog friend Katrina hosts a twice yearly reading challenge in which participants list books they plan to read in the course of the challenge and then note their progress at its conclusion. It's always fun to participate (did you know Katrina has giveaways and prizes?!) and I usually end up with a longer-than-usual amazon wishlist after seeing all the great books that others are reading. So, for Katrina's Fall into Reading 2011 challenge, I plan to read the following titles (subject to reader discretion and whim, of course)...


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillebrand
Everyone's reading it. Everyone's raving about it. My husband read it and raved about it. Now I'm reading it.

The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D.A. Carson
It's cheating a little bit to add this one to my list because I'm more halfway done with it. It's one that Rebecca highly recommended and for good reason.

Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir by Carolyn Weber
I have been intrigued by the reviews I've read on this one and I am eager to read it for myself.

Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God by Joshua Harris
I received this title for review and the press release that was included states that "Loving Jesus Christ involves a passionate commitment to His church--not just your presence in the pew." Yes and amen.


The Queen by Steven James
I am a big fan of James' Patrick Bowers thrillers and I cannot wait to read this, the latest in the series. If it is anything like its predecessors it will be smart, witty, well-written, and intense.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
You know I have to throw in a classic title, or two. I've intended to read something of Hardy's for quite some time and no doubt I've listed a book by him in past reading challenges. This time, though, I really mean it.

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
I forget where I first saw this book mentioned but again I've heard nothing but good about it.


Since I like keeping my options open (did I mention the whim of the reader earlier?) and I always have a (very long) running list of books I'm eager to read, here are other titles I'm interested in that may well find their way to my reading list over the course of the challenge...

Do you have a stack of books you're planning to read this fall? Make a list and link up at Katrina's! You can also see what other reading challenge participants are reading and, like me, find even more books to add to your stack. Plus, there's prizes and giveaways all along the way!


  1. Sounds like an interesting list! I hope you post reviews -- I'd love to read your comments on these.

  2. I love Far From the Madding Crowd!!

  3. Unbroken is amazing. Oxford and Crumbs sound interesting. I've never read any Hardy either.

  4. I could not put down A Thousand Splendid Suns. It was both heart wrenching and captivating, difficult to read yet hard to put down. A highly recommended book, as was 100 cupboards. Some of the books I have had the pleasure of reading were because of your book lists. So, thank you :-)

  5. I unpacked "Surprised by Oxford" at work and thought it looked interesting! You'll have to let us know if you like it!

  6. It's easier just to say I like them all than to list them all one by one. :-) Great list!

  7. Not to imply that I have READ them all! ha. I've only read "Unbroken." Loved it. But they all look so interesting and several are on my to-read list already.

  8. Oh I'm glad you're joining the challenge. I always like to see what you're reading! I'm glad to see you like The God Who is There. That's been on my "maybe" list for a while -- I'll have to move it to my "yes" list! And I hope you enjoy 100 Cupboards. I have Licensed to Kill and Thousand Splendid Suns sitting around here...just haven't read them yet. So many books, so little time. :)

  9. Your list looks really good. I've seen that Unbroken all over the blogosphere. I'll have to add it my TBR pile for sure.

  10. Carrie, ReadingtoknowOctober 03, 2011 2:54 PM

    =D Heh. Glad to see Unbroken on the list. Just because it makes me happy when people are reading things I've been forced to read and rave about. (What goes around...)

    I also got Why Church Matters for review and am eager to get to it. I think it will have a lot of good food for thought!