Fall Into Reading 2010

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A few years ago I participated in the Fall into Reading challenge.  I enjoyed it, though I wasn’t as faithful to my list as I might have liked.  I have a feeling I won’t be all that faithful to this list either, but I’ll try!

Well, it’s fall again *sigh*, and I want to participate again.  Coming up with my list of what I want to read until the official end of fall (December 20th) is difficult because I’ll not only be participating in Dewey’s Readathon in October, but the Readathon for Hunger in November.  It’s incredibly difficult to predict what I’ll be reading during a readathon, as I let my fancies at the time lead the way.  I’ll also be judging for the creative nonfiction category for the Inspys, and the titles for that have not yet been released.

That said, here’s what I’m aiming to read this fall (organized by categories).  There are 38 titles listed, which I recognize is a lot.  I read a lot. I’ve read 126 books so far this year.

Contemporary Fiction

In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez*

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Line by Teri Hall

My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay

The Elegence of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Mandy by Julie Andrew Edwards

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Lady in Blue by Javier Sierra

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Harriet by Erin Dionne

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek

The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci

Classic Fiction

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers*

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

The Moviegoer by Walter Percy

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Christian Living

Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick

The Cross-Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney

Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren

In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson


The Year That Changed the World by Michael Meyer*

Be the Change: Your Guide to Freeing Slaves and Changing the World by Zach Hunter

Humanitarian Jesus: Social Justice and the Cross by Christian Buckley and Ryan Dobson


The Most Famous Man in America by Debby Applegate*

Dirty Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

Audio Books

The Woman Who Can’t Forget by Jill Price*

Bleak House by Charles Dickens*

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

Fat Girl: a True Story by Judith Moore

The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton (reread)

*These titles I’ve already started.

33 thoughts on “Fall Into Reading 2010

  1. I read “I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced” in about three hours. It’s definitely a fast read, but very eye-opening; I really enjoyed it!

  2. Amanda: Of course it’s on this list at your recommendation!

    Jennifer: Thanks!

    Michelle: I think Speak is on a lot of TBR lists right now. I’ll probably read more Betsy-Tacy books than the one, but I haven’t been able to find audio of them, which I’d prefer.

  3. Rescuing Ambition is great and so is In Christ Alone!

    I found Generous Orthodoxy to be pretty much ridiculous. ;)

    Great list!

    Check out James Davison Hunter’s “To Change the World” when you get a chance too!

  4. David: I actually read his The Secret Message of Jesus and actually kinda liked it, but I know this is the one that everyone was up in arms about.

    You’re dangerous…I’ve added another book to my Christmas wish list!

  5. Wow! You’re list is long, too!
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  6. I have also noticed that quite a few people have The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie on their lists. I’m about half way through it, and I’m really enjoying it. The title alone drew me in.

  7. I’m the opposite, actually. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian literature, and after reading all the clever puns and jokes present in the Next and Nursery Crime series’, I just couldn’t enjoy Shades of Gray.

  8. I eventually must read Dorothy Sayers. Do tell how you like “The Nine Tailors” when you’re finished. I’d also like to read Rescuing Ambition and The Cross-Centered Life. You’ve got a great list. I like that you included audio books as well. I love listening to books.

  9. Amy: Ah, and I *am* a big fan of dystopian and love his take on it. Actually, wasn’t sure it was dypstopian until the ending gave it away. Loved that!

    Lisa: Will do. I’ve heard good things about it, but I’m only about 10-20 pages into it.

  10. I have to ask what makes you want to read Fat Girl. It is a very disturbing book. I haven’t read it all, only bits. And while I can relate to some of the self loathing (at times) and the relationship she has with food, I would simply advise that you have very strong positive views about yourself (and about larger people) before reading it!

  11. Elizabeth: I just randomly picked it up from the library’s audio section. Hadn’t heard anything about it one way or the other. May return it unread (or unheard!).

  12. What a list! Have read several, some are on my list (not necessarily Fall into Reading) and am curious about others. I really like the addition of audio books. Happy reading!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog…
    Wow! You have a long list:) I would love to be able to make mine long, but I know I would never finish it in the length of time for the fall into reading..
    Happy Reading and you got some good books to read!!

  14. Oh! Please talk about Dirty Sexy Politics after you’ve read it! I’m curious for your thoughts there!

    And yay – Mandy made your list. And Betsy-Tacy.

    I know it. It’s incredibly hard to predict what one will end up reading which makes this challenge kind of hard to feel like I can participate in. But it IS motivating me to keep plowing through the review copies so – I think it’s doing me some good!

  15. I’ve read Never Let Me Go, Betsy-Tacy, and The Man Who Was Thursday. Should you feel the need to read reviews of these, I blogged them. ;-)

    Thanks for visiting my blog and recommending a Cybil title. I’ll definitely be on the look out for it!

  16. Carrie: Will definitely be talking about Dirty Sexy Politics soon. It’s waiting for me at the library right now, so I hope to finish it within a couple of weeks!

    Amy: I tend to avoid reviews once I’ve made up my mind to read the book (well, until I’ve read them). But I’ve read The Man Who Was Thursday before, so I’ll check out that review!

  17. Thanks for listing your books! Now I can add some to my library list. I am finding more and more that I have to write books down, else I will forget about them. Then I think “I have nothing to read.”

  18. Lots of good books. My list always changes as the challenge goes on. And on a side note, I lived in Raleigh for a few months as a teenager way back in the early ’80s and loved it. I have such fond memories of North Carolina!

  19. Love it, love it, love it! Speak and Oryx and Crake are two of my favorites.

    Oh, and I wanted to let you know that I finally got around to reading The Hunger Games (mostly based on your recommendation). Terrific! Had to go right out and buy the next two (which I thought were good but not quite as awesome). I know I comment here far less than I’d like, but just wanted to let you know you reached me :)

  20. What a great list! I’m very impressed by your reading volume. I’ve read just 58 books so far this year – but I’m hoping to read 26 during this challenge.

    You’ve got a lot of books that are on my to-read list, so I’ll be eager to hear what you think. I’m glad you’re reading Speak; I think it’s an important book. I read and really liked Anthem in college; I haven’t thought about it in a very long time. I thought The Zookeeper’s Wife was very interesting.

    Happy reading!

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