Saturday, March 24, 2007

Spring Reading Thing

Lest you think I can't resist a challenge, let me reassure you that I can stop at any time. I'm not addicted. I choose to join just about every challenge I come across. Besides, they're reading challenges. They're good for me. Besides, look at this cute button and tell me how anyone could resist?

The Spring Reading Thing is hosted by Katrina at Callipiddar Days, a delightful blog. You need to check it out if you haven't already. I appreciated her explanation for "Why Callipidder Days" for her blog title, especially the last paragraph.

The Challenge is not about pressure, but about goals. Each participant decides how many books to read between March 21 and June 21. The reward is the satisfaction of completing some of those delicious, enticing books from our lists/stacks. (Plus, their are prizes!)

My lists consists of a few books I'm reading for other challenges. I'm finding the joy of reading one book and crossing it off 2 or more challenge lists is just too exhilarating for words. I've chosen books from my TBR list and my stacks and books that reflect the feel and idea of spring: light, flowers, brides.

1. And There Was Light: Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, Blind Hero of the French Resistance by, who else, Jacques Lusseyran

2. Slowing Down to the Speed of Light by Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey (One of those dreaded self-help books - but this one sounds pretty good.)

3. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Loved the movie and Cliff Robertson, who played Charlie.)

4. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber (1st in a series for which I've read many rave reviews)

5. The Pea Blossom by Amy Lowry Poole (A children's book based on Hans Christian Andersen's "Five Peas from One Pod."

6. A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (The setting is the Virginia colonies in1643 and it has one of those covers that I talked about in a previous post.)

7. Princess Bride by William Goldman (I've heard it's even better than the movie!)

Thanks, Katrina, for the inspiration for this challenge. I'm looking forward to it with gusto.


nessie said...

Yeah! The princess bride. I am ACTUALLY signing up for this one too. Can you believe it??? I cant but I made a chart and I can do it. Will be squeezing in the Carl/Fantast challenge. Am sooo excited.

Anonymous said...

Great list! I love The Princess Bride. You'll have to let me know what you think of A Bride Most Begrudging. Happy Reading! =)

Anonymous said...

I'm participating too and can't wait to see how many I can fit in!

jenclair said...

The lack of pressure is exactly what I like about this challenge...and it is so easy to combine with whatever other challanges you are participating in. And, uh, I like the logo?

Anonymous said...

I signed up, too-should be fun!

Princess Bride is actually the first full-length book I ever read. My dad was reading it aloud to me and I realized I could read in my head faster than he could read out loud. I must have read it a zillion times.

I also love Flowers for Algernon--it's a much more intense book than the movie because of the writing style.

Anonymous said...

What's the Carl/Fantast challenge? I'm kind of obsessed with challenges :)


alisonwonderland said...

The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite books!

Happy Reading!

SuziQoregon said...

Great list. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of A Bride Most Begrudging. The setting sounds interesting.

Joy said...

Pretty wallpaper on your blog! :)

I'm only committing to a few for this challenge. If I read more...great.

Anonymous said...

Flowers for Algernon is the saddest book I've ever read.

Bookfool said...

You will love The Princess Bride, I promise! I've got to get signed up, if I can, for this one. :)

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Thanks for joining the Spring Reading Thing. Your list looks great! I've seen The Princess Bride on a few lists now, and I really need to get that book. I love the movie. Enjoy your reading!

Nise' said...

Beautiful blog design! The series by Debbie Macomber is so good! Loved the Princess Bride! Happy Reading

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about being unable to resist reading challenges! I have to say, I think since starting this blog I have become far more inspired and interested by what I am reading, rather than just reading to pass the time. Good luck with the many challenges!

Joy said...

Didn't you ask where Literary Cache went? I don't see the question, so I'm guessing you may already know. But in case you don't...she changed to If you already know, sorry for the repeat.

JoanneMarie Faust said...

You do realize that your opening sentences are truly a harbinger of addiction. Don't they all say they can stop at any time? Will an intervention be in order? Or, maybe not.

Great list! The Princess Bride, after watching the movie about a million times, was just as good or better in print. Flowers for Algernon had me crying by the end. I am such a sap. Enjoy your reader's high!