Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall Into Reading 2009

Remember how much fun we had with The Spring Reading Thing? Well, Katrina is at it again with Fall Into Reading 2009. This is the perfect low-stress challenge to help get your reading organized for fall. Just like the season, it runs from September 22 - December 20.

Here are the basics:

-Create a list of some books you’d like to read or finish this fall. This is the only real requirement for participating in the challenge.

-Feel free to set some additional reading goals (such as reading to your kids two hours per week, getting through your pile of magazines, etc.). However, this is not required; setting additional goals is completely optional.

-Write a blog post that includes the list of books you want to read (and any additional goals you’ve set), and get ready to post it on your blog on September 22nd.

-Visit Callapidder Days on September 22nd to sign up for the challenge. I’ll have an official launch post up that morning, complete with an area for you to submit a link to your personal Fall Into Reading post, where it will be added to the master list of participants.

-Read! Work on your goals throughout Fall 2009.

-Report your results. Write another blog post in December to let everyone know how you did.

-Have fun! Visit other participants to see what they’re reading. Write reviews if you’re so inclined. But most of all, enjoy your fall reading!

These are my goals:

Books to read:
1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins for the R.I.P. IV Challenge
2. After Dark by Haruki Murakami for the Japanese Literature III Challenge
3. the November selection for my book club (to be determined)
4. the December selection for my book club ( to be determined)
5. two books for the Everything Austen Challenge

Additional goals:

1. read at least one short story per week and participate in Short Story Monday
2. listen to at least three audiobooks
3. get through the stack of New Yorker magazines (they're piling up again!)

Thank you, Katrina, for hosting another fun, low-pressure challenge. I'm ready to fall into reading!

***********progress update**************

1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - reviewed here
2. November book club selection - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks reviewed here


  1. Well that sure looks do-able. OH, and what is it about those magazines? They pile up around here also!
    *smiles and happy Fall*

  2. Looks good! Though I didn't include it in my list, I'd like to fit in an audiobook as well. And I like that you're reading short stories -- that's something I don't do nearly enough.

    Thanks for joining the challenge!

  3. This looks like a perfect choice for my first reading challenge. Mind if I jump in? My list of books that are waiting to be read is HUGE. I'll visit Callapider Days somewhat later and post my link.

  4. Great list. I have moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I should have added that to my list since would be a first time author read. Hmmm!

  5. I need to get back into Short Story Monday:( I look forward to seeing what your book club reads will be as well as your audiobook choices. Happy fall reading!

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  7. Kim - I wanted to make a list that wasn't too hard to get through. The magazines might turn out to be the hard part - lol!

    Katrina - I love audiobooks in the car and when I walk. It lets me fit more books in! Short stories are a recent discovery for me. Before last spring, I don't think I'd read one since high school. Thanks again for hosting this challenge!

    Ivy - It would be great if you joined in! I'll look forward to seeing your list.

    Robin - I LOVED The Moonstone! It's not too late...go ahead and add it!!

    Book Psmith - I missed you at Short Story Monday this week! I've been away from it for a while, too.
    My book group chose a Geraldine Brooks novel for November. We're going to hear her speak, too!

  8. hmmmm. I may have to do this one!!

  9. I am most certainly joining! This sounds perfect to me! As I can't imagine failing to complete a challenge, this will be the perfect opportunity to commit to the books I really need to read! I have a very long list (I'm hoping to read at least one hundred more pages of "Shirely" today and finish soon--it's been ridiculous!)!

    So excited! Thanks for posting about this or I never would have seen it!

  10. I'm glad you joined this challenge too! I have pledged to read five books, so we'll see how it goes.

  11. I like how you have additional goals beyond just the actual books you want to read. I should add some extra goals myself!

  12. How awesome is that to hear Brooks speak along with your read. That would be a great book event for the mini-challenge:)

  13. The New Yorkers go a lot faster if you just read the cartoons!

    Great list - you have your plan mapped out well!

  14. I am working on getting some of my reading challenges completed too!

  15. I'm Falling Into Reading, too! :) We can encourage each other. (And I hear you on the magazines ... and speaking of the New Yorker, you might want to check out one of the short story collections I listed as one of my Challenge to-be-reads. :)

  16. Looking forward to reading what you think about The Woman in White. I bought this book and had it listed on the spring challenge... still haven't read it.

  17. Staci - This is an easy one...go ahead and join!

    Madeleine - This would be the perfect challenge to start with! Glad you're joining...I'll look for your post soon.

    Susanne - thanks!

    Reviewsbylola - I'm sure you can do it...good luck!

    Kristen - It's not too late ;-)

    Book Psmith - I'll definitely be writing about that evening!

    Just Mom - LOL!!! The cartoons are great, aren't they?

    Nise' - This is a great extra push to get those challenges completed.

    Melissa - I'll be over soon to check out your post. Even if I get through the stack that is piled up now, there will be a whole new batch of New Yorkers waiting once the challenge ends!

    Jovi - I've been meaning to get to The Woman in White for a couple of years now (ever since I read The Moonstone)...glad it's finally happening!

  18. For fall, I've got your recommendation, Enchanted April, lined up. I plan to read that when I head to LA next week. I'm very much looking forward to your thoughts on The Woman in White. :)

  19. Matt - I really like The Woman in White so far. There are many similarities to The Moonstone (which I loved). Hope you like The Enchanted April. Had my mother read it, too, but was disappointed when she didn't like it as much as I did (not quite enough action for her).

  20. I like the additional goals section- I didn't even really consider that when I was planning for the challenge, and my magazine pile is kind of out of control too. Happy fall reading!

  21. I love your banner of the water. Looks so refreshing.
    I have listed several magazines on my book list, as they do tend to pile up. I paid for them, I really should read them. :)
    Enjoy Reading,

  22. Emily - Thanks. I included a couple of additional goals for the spring challenge, too...including the stack of New Yorkers. The pile I have now seems to date back to the end of that challenge ;-)

    Joyful - The picture on the banner is one of my favorite shots...so peaceful! Funny how those magazines seem to accumulate, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by.


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