Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Winter Reading Challenge

I am joining my first on-line reading challenge. Thanks to Karlene at http://inksplasher.blogspot.com/ for hosting. The challenge started on December 22, so I am a little late getting started. I think I am going to choose 10 books, which will be about one book every week for the remainder of the challenge, which may be a lofty goal considering I have a 4-year-old and 16-month-old. Okay, here is my list:

1) The Hurried Child by David Elkind
I am actually reading this book for a book club hosted by the teacher of my children's co-op preschool. It is about the pressure that is put on kids to grow up too soon and do things that they are not ready for.
2) It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh
Peter Walsch is an organization guru from TLC's Clean Sweep. I plan to not only read the book, but actually do what he suggests in an effort to accomplish my New Year's resolution, which is to declutter my home. He promises that organizing your life will help you to live the life you dream of...we will see.
3) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
I have to see what all the hype is about. My husband made fun of me for buying this one because it got made fun of so badly on Saturday Night Live, but I am at a point in my life where I could use a change, so maybe it will actually be good for me. This will count as going out of my comfort zone since I usually don't read self-help books.
4) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Another member of the challenge already has reviewed this book on her blog and said she couldn't put it down. I have a copy that was given to me by a very well-read friend that I get a lot of my reading recommendations from.
5) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Believe it or not, I actually graduated from high school and college without reading any Steinbeck, but I guess it is never too late to start and I figure I should have at least one classic on my list.
6) I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids by Trish Ashworth and Amy Nobile
This book received a lot of attention this last summer and I wanted to read it then, but never got the chance.
7) The Best American Essays 2007 edited by David Foster Wallace
From the reviews on Amazon it sounds like this book will cover many interesting subjects. Plus I think I can get my husband to read it too, always a bonus.

8, 9, 10) TBA

Reviews to come!!!


Karlene said...

Hi. Thanks for joining us for the Winter Reading Challenge. I was at B&N yesterday and almost got the Clean Sweep book. Looking forward to reading what you think about it.

alisonwonderland said...

welcome to the adventureous world of reading challenges! (i've become a bit addicted myself.)

i'll look forward to seeing your reviews. happy reading!

graggirl said...

OK, here are some books I have loved that you may want to add to your list: Peace Like a River, The Myth of Me and You, And the Lost Painting. What a great blog you have. It is neat to see you in this way!!!