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Spring Reading Thing Wrap-up

Thoughtfully penned on June 21st, 2007 and generally concerning Goals, Reading, Spring
Spring Reading Thing

As Spring winds to a close, so does the Spring Reading Thing that Katrina has been hosting at Callapidder Days. The challenge has been good and bad, but overall I’ve enjoyed reading with some goals in mind.

My original reading list can be found here. Reviews of Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Double Bind are here. And an update from approximately half-way through the challenge can be found here.

I did well on the fiction portion of my list making it through Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Double Bind, The Yada Yada Prayer Group, and Peace Like a River with no problem. I am currently reading Sense and Sensibility and expect to have it finished by the first of next week. Over the course of the last three months I picked up several additional fiction books that I completed as well. I have done short reviews/recaps of all the books in a separate post.

On the non-fiction portion of my list, I didn’t do so well. I have realized a couple of reasons that I have a harder time reading fiction, though. As I mentioned in my earlier update I like to read at bedtime, and, for me, non-fiction doesn’t lend itself to bedtime reading. I don’t want to read anything while I’m winding down that requires a lot of effort to read for comprehension or that makes me think (as thinking tends to impede sleeping). Also, I like to read quickly and I can’t read both for comprehension and speed. Finally, one reason I like to read as a form of mental escape; I want to be swept up in the characters, setting, and plot and feel like I’m observing the story. This just isn’t possible with a lot of non-fiction. I do still plan to read or finish reading all of the books on my non-fiction list, I just don’t know when.

As to my Bible reading, I didn’t do nearly as well as I would have liked (discipline, my child), but I did finish 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Nehemiah, and Ephesians.

Probably my favorite of the new books I’ve read this Spring was Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. I wasn’t sure about it at the very beginning, but it didn’t take long for the characters and story to draw me in and keep me wanting more. It is a touching and memorable story of family and a son’s view on a father touched by God. Mr. Enger writes in a classic literary style; his characters are deep and distinctly human.

My least favorite book of the Spring had to be Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood. This was one on my master reading list that I picked up at the library a couple of weeks ago. I just couldn’t get into it, and only made it through about the first 100 pages. Not the book for me.

I really enjoyed most of the reading I did the last few months. My master reading list is getting to be quite hefty (and only grew as I read the lists of other participants), so it was nice to have a smaller “goal” list from which to choose books. I’m looking forward to participating in the Fall reading challenge when the time rolls around.

Thanks to Katrina for pulling the challenge together and for all of your work on the book give aways. To see the wrap-ups for other participants, click here.

Noise from the peanut gallery

  1. I prefer fiction too! I have seen Peace Like a River on several lists. I am going to add it to mine!

  2. My “to read” list keeps growing the more I visit other readers. Fiction was much easier for me. I totally understand the mental escape–reading is like a mini-vacation for me.

    Great wrap up.

  3. Well that confirms it, I’m ordering Peace Like a River. Blessings

  4. I’ve run into a similar situation with nonfiction. I really want to read it and am always glad when I do, but it’s hard to pick a time to fit it in — when I have the opportunity to think about it and process it. And yes — right before bed doesn’t usually work! When I try that, I always have to switch to fiction before I can fall asleep. Thanks for being part of the challenge!

  5. I am the same way with non-fiction. It’s hard for me to get through it even when I really want the information. I have seen Peace Like a River on several lists — I need to go see if I can find it!

  6. I agree about having to find the right time to read non-fiction. I really enjoy it, but I have to make an effort to finish those books.

  7. I can realte about not being able to read non-fiction before bed! I loved Sense and Sensibility. I am into the classics.