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August 22, 2006

Autumn Reading Challenge

I love lists. I love looking at them. I don't necessarily like doing the things on them. Well, now you know.

Anyway, I really liked my Summer Reading Challenge--I put books in the stack that I had had on my shelves for a long time, and I actually READ most of them! So, I'm taking the same tack for fall, and pulling my books and stacking them on the bottom shelf of my nightstand.

I have three books I MUST read for my book club during the fall:

Things As They Are by Paul Horgan
North of Hope by Jon Hassler
Catholics by Brian Moore

Then, for my other additions, I have decided to take on some of the LONG books I have on my shelves. Since they are longer than average, I'm only putting 5 of them on my list, for a total of an eight book challenge:

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Life at Blandings by P.G. Wodehouse (really 3 novels in one)
Poland by James Michener
Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Wow! I just stacked those books up on my desk. What a lot of pages! If I must read something short in between, I'll tuck in some Agatha Christie, just for a break.

Oh, and I went to 1/2 Price Books on the McKid's first day of school, and added six new books to my library. But from the day I started the summer challenge, to the first day of school, I never stepped foot inside the store.

Now, I promise to do that again, until the first of December.

Cross my heart.

Posted by MamaT at August 22, 2006 10:42 PM


Hi, MamaT! I'm late commenting here -- haven't been reading blogs as much since I stopped blogging -- but I just wanted to say I looove Pickwick. It took me a hundred pages to get rolling, but after that I couldn't put it down. It's laugh-out-loud funny without the bathos that sometimes makes me a little crazy in Dickens (like Old Curiosity Shop. Gah!). Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Posted by: Jamie at September 2, 2006 8:18 PM

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