According to the calendar (and birds chirping and beautiful weather and pretty new blooms…), Spring has arrived! Along with spring flowers and April showers and Easter and birthdays – oh my! Spring also means the return of Kat @ Callapidder Days‘ Spring Reading Thing – a fun, low-pressure reading challenge open to anyone and everyone. It will run from today, March 20th to June 20th (the spring of 2012).
So the rules for the challenge are pretty relaxed – list an assortment of books you’d like to read and any other reading goals you have for the spring of 2012. Then check in at the end of the season to tell us how you did!
Lately I’ve been averaging 2 or 3 books per month – one usually for book club and then another one just for me – sometimes I squeeze in one more if I have any short books lying around. So I’m challenging myself to finish 6 books this Spring, knowing I’ll also have to start a 7th book for my June book club that I may or may not finish before the challenge ends.
Here are the 6 specific books I’m hoping to read (subject to change, as always):
Two for book club:
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (April’s Pick) – “In the dawning light of the late summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. . . . It is August, 1974, and a tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter-mile in the sky. In the streets below, ordinary lives become extraordinary as award-winning novelist Colum McCann crafts this stunningly realized portrait of a city and its people.” Finished on April 26th – review here –
Matched by Allie Condie (May Pick) – “Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.” – finished May 21st – review here –
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (June Pick) – finished June 20, 2012 –
Four For Me:
Bossypants by Tina Fey – I’m reading this now – I started it on March 17th. “At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.” – finished March 27th –
Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres – “Sometimes the greatest things are the most embarrassing.” Ellen Degeneres’ winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient and honored daytime shows on the air. (To date, it has won no fewer than 31 Emmys.) Seriously… I’m Kidding, Degeneres’ first book in eight years, brings us up to date about the life of a kindhearted woman who bowed out of American Idol because she didn’t want to be mean. Lively; hilarious; often sweetly poignant. – finished April 8th –
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde – “Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds. In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color—but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means.” – didn’t get to
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich – “Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck…” – skipped
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson just showed up on my door step and though it’s not an original pick for my Spring Reading Thing, I may have a hard time not reading it in the next month. I may read this over Shades of Grey or perhaps just in addition to. “When Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it. Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments-the ones we want to pretend never happened-are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.“ – Finished May 8th – review here –
So that’s what my Spring should look like, reading-wise. I have to say, there are some titles I’m pretty freaking excited about this Spring and I’ve been trying to keep as many of the titles as possible books that I already own, which makes the list fairly realistic. I know I could challenge myself and say, “Oh I usually read 2 a month, so I’m going to try to read 3 a month,” but I honestly don’t see it happening and just for once I’d like to complete a challenge!
So – my goal is 6 books this Spring. I know that’s not a huge challenge but I thought just this once I’d set a goal that I think I can accomplish!
What are you planning to read?