Thursday, March 20, 2008

My Spring Reading Challenge List!



Many of you were amazed that I was going to limit my list, make no changes, and not be a hog...

Aww, c'mon! You all know me better than that:-) While I am going to try to limit myself to a more reasonable list, that would be reasonable for ME, not necessarily your normal, average, everyday reader...of which I am none of those!

But due to surgery mid-April, I have to be somewhat realistic. Pain meds make my eyes blur, and so I won't be doing as much reading for a couple of those weeks. Therefore, my list will include the following titles, by category as much as possible (and many will be giveaways, if I have anything to say about it!)

So, as there are 13 weeks (roughly) in this challenge, I'm picking 13 books in each category, with possible alternates:

Fiction

1--Black Sea Affair by Don Brown
2--A Mile in My Flip Flops by Melody Carlson
3--The Watchers by Mark Andrew Olsen
4--A Time To Mend by Sally John and Gary Smalley
5--A Soldier's Family by Chery Wyatt
6--She Always Wore Red by Angela Hunt
7--Kill Me If You Can by Nicole Young
8--Healing Promises by Amy Wallace
9--Embrace Me by Lisa Samson
10--For Pete's Sake by Linda Windsor
11--Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake
12--Winter Haven by Athol Dickson
13--The Warriors by Mark Andrew Olsen

Alternates:

Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate
Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren
The Barefoot Belivers by Annie Jones
Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz
Vanish by Tom Pawlik
Dogwood by Chris Fabry
Summer Snow by Nicole Baart

Teen/Young Adult Fiction/Non-fiction

1--The Big Picture by Jenny B. Jones
2--I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson
3--Chosen by Ted Dekker
4--It's All About Us by Shelly Adina
5--Mixed Bags by Melody Carlson
6--Match Point by Erynn Mangum
7--Baby Girl by Jane Orcutt
8--Finding Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson
9--The Summer of Cotton Candy by D.J. Reynolds
10--Peculiar Treasure by Robin Jones Gunn
11--The Fruit of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina
12--Ryann Watters and the King's Sword by Eric Reinhold
13--Stealing Bradford by Melody Carlson

Alternates:

Payback by Melody Carlson
Infidel by Ted Dekker
House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo
What Your Daughter Isn't Telling You by Susie Shellenberger
The New Rebellion Handbook
Where Have All The Good Men Gone by A.J. Kiesling


Non-Fiction

1--Choosing Your Faith by Mark Mittleberg
2--Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll
3--Hush by Nicole Braddock Bromley
4--Twist of Faith by Ann Beiler
5--Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
6--Ruby Slippers by Jonalyn Grace Fincher
7--Cold Tangerines by Shauna Neiquist
8--The Emotionally Destructive Relationship by Leslie Vernick
9--Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter by Janet Thompson
10--He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan
11--Mistaken Identity by Don & Susie Van Ryn and Newell, Colleen & Whitney Cerak
12--Five Sacred Crossings by Craig J. Hazen
13--Looking For God by Nancy Ortberg

Alternates:

Spa Treatments for Your Body and Soul by Janie Seltzer
The Vow by Ed Gungor
The Beautiful Fight by Gary Thomas
The Essential Engstrom by Ted Engstrom
I'm Fine With God...It's Christians I Can't Stand by Bruce and Stan
The New Eve by Robert Lewis
Where Have All The Good Men Gone by A. J. Kiesling
The God Who Smokes by Timothy J. Stoner

Non-Christian Fiction

1--The Silver Needle Murder by Laura Childs
2--Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
3--The Adventures of Slim and Howdy by Brooks and Dunn
4--Where Are You Now by Mary Higgins Clark
5--Laced by Carol Higgins Clark
6--Zapped by Carol Higgins Clark
7--The Cat Who Smelled Smoke by Lilian Jackson Braun
8--The State of the Onion by Julie Hezy
9--Killer Mousse by Melinda Wells
10--Wash & Die by Barbara Colley
11--Too Pretty To Die by Susan McBride
12--Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry by Denise Swanson
13--The Brush Off by Laura Bradley

Alternates:

Mr Monk Goes to the Fire House by Lee Goldberg
Chili Con Corpses by J. B. Stanley

Now, some have questioned whether or not I'll be changing my list or adding to it. I'm going to try to stick to it, but as books come in or release, I may do some editing. Still, this is pretty much it!


There you have it! Let's get reading, shall we?

Happy reading!

Deena

24 comments:

Cee Cee said...

Great list! We're reading some of the same books. Happy reading.

Lindsay said...

What a great list.. I thought my 9 books was ambitious ;-) Have fun reading!

Wifey said...

Great list! I recently read Embrace Me and thought it was wonderful. Enjoy your reading!

Deborah said...

and i thought my list was big!!! i envy you for having the melody carlson books already!!!!!!! AND Erynn Mangum's book!!!!!

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Deena...thanks so much for including A Soldier's Family on the list....

Looks like you're going to have many enjoyable reads!

Hugs,

Cheryl

Juli said...

Now THAT is what I call a list!!! I haven't read one book on it!

I also can't believe I haven't seen your blog before. I like it!

Air Force Family said...

What a great list!!! wow! I do hope you can make it all the way through. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

organizing them... now that is what I should have done...

mj

Debi said...

You know that list is absolutely mind-boggling to some of us, don't you? :) Enjoy!

And good luck with your surgery! Hope your recovery is as smooth and quick as possible!

Kara said...

Great list! Happy Reading!!

ellen b. said...

Wow! You should get a Master's in reading. What a great list. umm and this is your toned down list because of surgery??
Enjoy!!!

Robin said...

Great List! Don Brown looks interesting and I'll have to put him on my wish list. Reminds me of Dale Brown who writes along the same lines. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Robin of mytwoblessings

Barbara H. said...

Wow, what a list! I look forward to your reviews.

gail@more than a song said...

I hope you do well with your surgery too! You've got lots to choose from for your reading...I just recently read Hollywood Nobody and even though it's teen/young adult, I really enjoyed it.
Thanks for checking out my list today!

Mocha with Linda said...

Wow. I'd hate to think what your list would look like if you weren't having surgery!

Jonalyn Grace Fincher said...

I'm excited to see Ruby Slippers on your list. If you get to it, I'd love to hear how it impacts you.

alisonwonderland said...

what debi said! :)

i read Laced last week and enjoyed it.

happy reading!

Nise' said...

Your list gets me all excited...for your reviews! My mom and I were just talking about Lies Women Believe. She (mom) just finished Laced and passed it on to me! Happy Reading my friend!

Katrina said...

Oh goodness, "limited" for you still looks HUGE to me! I recently got Nancy Ortberg's book and while it's not on my list, I know I'll want to read it soon. Thanks for joining SRT '08, Deena -- I always like to see your lists, even if I could never tackle that many myself!

hyperactivelu said...

Wow! My little list looks so small compared to yours! Fantastic job!!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Rel said...

Good list, Deena :) Still contemplating doing the challenge!

eva said...

What a fantastic list! You are so organized! I just simply picked a bunch of random books from my much larger want to read list and type them up. :D Good luck on the challenge.

Nathaniel said...

I like the Bill Myers. He is such a good author.

jenn said...

I want to have a list like yours and know that I will be able to accomplish it. I am challenging myself with 5 books on my list but perhaps I will surprise myself. I am already half way through the first one on my list.

Happy reading!