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Spring Reading Thing – let’s get started!

Thoughtfully penned on March 20th, 2008 and generally concerning Blogging News, Goals, Reading, Spring is here!


Today is a good day because it is:

a) the first official day of Spring
b) my birthday
c) the beginning of the Spring Reading Thing
d) time for a Sidetrack’d giveaway (check it out here)
e) all of the above

If you picked “e”, congratulations and happy March 20th!

I’m having a bit of a tough time with my reading list this Spring.  In fact, I wasn’t sure I was going to participate in SRT at all, but since I know I’ll be reading anyway, I might as well set a few goals.  My reading will be complicated by a few things: first, Boo’s arrival in a few weeks will definitely impact the time and energy I have to devote to reading; second, my local library is changing locations and is closed for the next couple of weeks (this could make it a bit more difficult to get some of my books); and third, I’m having trouble deciding what I want to read.  As always, I reserve the right to add to, subtract from, or alter this list as I see fit.

And with all my excuses out of the way, here is my list…

John Adams by David McCullough
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
The Complete Book of Sewing by DK Publishing (won’t finish this one by June)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
Mater Biscuit by Julie Cannon

Bible Study:
Until the baby arrives, I’ll be continuing my study of the gospel of Matthew through Bible Study Fellowship International; after that, I haven’t yet decided what I will do.

The books listed here will be added to my bookshelf in the sidebar and will remain there until the challenge is completed (or I get them read if I don’t finish by June).

For more information on the Spring Reading Thing or to view the other participants lists, click on the button at the top of this post.

Happy Reading!

Noise from the peanut gallery

  1. Great list! I’m still making mine! Happy Birthday!

  2. Great list, Jana! I really want to read A Thousand Splendid Suns, since I enjoyed The Kite Runner so much. Oh well, one of these days… And yes, a new little one will certainly cut into your reading time, but I’m so glad you decided to join SRT ’08 anyway!

  3. A very Happy Birthday to you!
    I love being born in March :)
    Oh and you have a baby on the way. Congratulations.
    enjoy your life and your books and Happy Easter!

  4. Happy Birthday!! Looks like a great list you have there. I just picked up The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, however, it did not make it on to my list yet.

  5. Happy Birthday and happy reading :) I loved Austenland by Shannon Hale and I hope you enjoy it as well.

  6. I have Austenland on my list. Here’s hoping we both enjoy it!
    Rachel Langston

  7. Happy Birthday to you!

  8. OK, I’ll try again. You can tell I’m new at this. Once again, Happy Birthday! Definitely read A Widwife’s Story, I really enjoyed it. I’m going to read A Thousand Splendid Suns next. I found The Kite Runner disturbing, but a really good read. Happy Easter to all.

  9. HAPPY HAPPY Birthday! March is defintely a good month. My little/big meanie turned 7 a couple of weeks ago. She said this morning, “Mommy, in 3 years, I will be 10!” I wanted to cry! Read??? What is that anyway??? Aside from Syd reading to me, never happens at my house! Give Little a squeeze and baby Boo too! Lisa

  10. Happy Birthday!! I am so excited for you and this new baby! Spring babies are great! Once again, you put me to shame. To even have a reading list blows my mind! You go girl!

  11. Happy Birthday! How great to be born on the first day of spring. I cleared all the “winter” things out of my classroom, and happily locked it up for spring break. One of my goals over the break is to read some of the books I got from the library. I do have to spend some time getting the “spring” things ready for when we go back to school, but I will not think on that today.

  12. First of all – Happy Birthday

    What a great list….I’ve not read a single one of your selections and so I’ll be interested in reading your reviews.

  13. Great list, happy birthday, and congratulations on the new little one!!

  14. JANA!! Happy Birthday!!!!!! what is this about a reading list–is a group where everyone does reviews? hmm, i think i might want to participate too…i of course won’t be checking out the birthing books you’ve listed since i won’t be having another baby :) but some of those others looked interesting!!

  15. A Thousand Splendid Suns is excellently written. I haven’t read John Adams, but I did read 1776 by the same author, and it was very good. You have a great variety!

  16. I forgot to say Happy Birthday!

  17. You know, I started Stepping Heavenward a long time ago and I don’t think I finished it. That should go back on my list, too. Whew! My list keeps getting longer:)

  18. Nancy Bozarth · March 21st, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! I am a day late and a dollar short as always. Give Little a kiss from me and Matt, too. Have a Happy Easter!

    Love you guys!!!
    Aunt Nan

  19. happy birthday, happy reading, and best wishes for the arrival of the baby! i’ve got several of your picks on my to-read list (although i didn’t include them in my challenge list). i’ll be interested in finding out what you think of them.

  20. Happy Birthday! Great list. I want to read John Adams too! I loved 1776.

  21. Happy Birthday!! Great reading list. I am fascinated by John Adams. I can’t wait to watch the HBO series about him (I don’t have HBO, so Mom and Dad are DVRing it for me!).

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  22. Happy Birthday!!


  23. I absolutely loved “stepping heavenward” and I just added “austenland” to my list. I guess I need to check out “John Adams” too. I’m not sure I’ll make it through my lists!

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