Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Into Reading 2011

It really doesn't seem much like fall around here yet -- just a very WET late summer. But the calendar doesn't lie, so the leaves should be coloring up and starting to drift to the pavement any day now. I'm definitely looking forward to some nice crisp autumn weather, and I'm also ready to get a little more serious about my reading. So Fall Into Reading 2011 is coming at just the right time.

This low-key, no pressure reading challenge is hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days, and runs from today through December 21. It's one of my favorite reading events of the year because it doesn't require a set number of books, or any particular type of book. The guidelines are available on the challenge announcement/sign-up page (here), but basically all you need to do is make a list of the books you think you'd like to read this fall. Or a list of reading goals. Post it on your blog. Then go sign up, and start reading!

Of course, you might want to check out some of the other participants' lists, too -- that's one of my favorite parts of the challenge. Here's what I'm thinking about for my fall reading schedule:

Books I need to finish (reading now):
Last Orders. Graham Swift
Literary Brooklyn. Evan Hughes
The Man in Lower Ten. Mary Roberts Rinehart
Mrs. Malory and A Time to Die. Hazel Holt

ARCs from this year that I really should read before next year:
Altar of Bones. Philip Carter
Dreams of Joy. Lisa See
Iron House. John Hart
The Land of Painted Caves. Jean M. Auel
The Map of Time. Felix J. Palma
Prophecy. S.J. Parris
The Survivor. Sean Slater

The challenge should also help me with another reading goal -- finishing up all my other reading challenges for this year. Right now, these are the challenges and the number of books I need to read to complete each one:
  • 1st in a Series == 2 books
  • Aussie Authors == 2 books
  • Battle of the Prizes (British) == 3 books
  • Book Awards V == 4 books
  • Historical Fiction == 1 book
  • Off the Shelf == 4 books
  • Vintage Mystery == 3 books
  • Young Readers == 7 books
Not as bad as it looks, since several of the books will overlap in several different challenges.

Of course, I might end up reading none of the above, but that's OK -- list changing is allowed (I love that). But whatever develops, I'll be updating my progress on my challenge blog, here. So now all I need to do is get reading! (And note to self: also get reviewing! )


  1. My list is a combo of review books and books that will help me complete the other reading challenges I am participating in as well.

    I have a few Lisa See books on my list that I need to read, Shanghai Girls being one of them, before I can get to Dreams of Joy!

    Good luck!

  2. Good luck on all of your goals! I try not to commit to too many challenges as I NEVER finish them. I always stand in awe of those that do.

  3. I don't think I've read any of the books on your list. I do have a different John Hart book on my Kindle, though...just waiting for me to get around to reading it. Thanks so much for being part of the challenge. Enjoy your fall reading!

  4. I too must read The Map of Time. I've had it for quite some time to read and review. This challenge will help me accomplish that. Good luck to you.

  5. Goodreads and LibraryThing recommendations are on my winter reading list. Good luck with the new challenge!

  6. The Map of Time is one that I'd like to read. Good luck with your list!


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