Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Reading Thing 2009

Spring is finally here and Katrina at Callapidder Days has come up with the perfect challenge to celebrate the season! Spring Reading Thing 2009 is a fun, low-pressure challenge that allows each participant to select a reading list and set personal goals. It begins today and will end on June 20.

Since I am a slow reader, and because I've been spending almost as much time blogging as reading lately, my goals are relatively modest. Two books a month is manageable, so here is the list I'll choose from.

1. The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
2. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
3. The Homemaker by Dorothy Canfield
4. The Shack by William Paul Young (April book club selection)
5. May book club selection (we only choose one book at a time)
6. June book club selection
7. one non-fiction book

Additional goals include:
1. read at least one short story per week and participate in Short Story Mondays
2. listen to three audio books
3. whittle down my stack of New Yorker magazines

There will be a wrap-up post in June to let you know how I've done. Visit Callapidder Days if you'd like to sign up...and add some springtime your blog with the adorable button!


  1. Yea, you joined:) I am reading a Cheever short right now, thanks to your SSM post. Can't wait to see what your other book club selections will be. I didn't think of a magazine goal...that's a good one since they pile up so fast. Happy spring reading!

  2. BookPSmith,
    These challenges are addictive! Glad to hear you're reading Cheever - I hope to start his novel this weekend. We'll see what my book club chooses...I have mixed feelings about reading The Shack.

  3. I am waiting for "The Shack" to be passed to me from my sister in law.

  4. Veggiemomof2,
    I'm curious about The Shack. Opinions seem to vary widely, but I'm sure it will be a good discussion. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Sounds like a great mix of reading, listening, book clubs, magazines and more. Enjoy your reading!

  6. PisecoMom,
    The opportunity for variety is one of the things that appealed to me with this challenge. Thanks for visiting!

  7. I have heard several rave about the Shack - I am anxious to hear your review.

    I love the new lake picture - so serene.

  8. Molly,
    I'll probably wait until early April to read The Shack, so it will be fresh in my mind for the discussion.

    Since the snow has melted, it was time to change the picture. The ice is starting to break up a little now, but it will be another week or so until it's gone. Then it will really feel like spring!

  9. I'm glad you joined! I did too. I was laughing when you said you're spending as much time blogging as reading. How true!

  10. Dar,
    It's been almost 5 months since I started this blog, and I seem to be spending more and more time on the computer! But, I'm enjoying the community quite a bit and it's fun to have people to talk about books with....even if I'm not getting quite as much read ;-)

  11. Looks like some great variety to get you through the spring! And I hear you about spending time on the's a constant re-adjustment for me, making sure I'm not on it too much! Thanks for being part of Spring Reading Thing '09!

  12. Great list! I loved The Shack. I kinda took it more as a fiction book but it definitely helped me to think about God differently. Have fun reading.

  13. Katrina,
    Thanks again for hosting. It's fun already!

    I'm looking forward to The Shack. It's a book I may not have picked up unless the book club selected it. Thanks for stopping by.


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