Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Spring reading stash:

This week's top ten Tuesday challenge at The Broke and the Bookish is all about the books on our Fall reading list. Autumn? I wish! Spring is lovely, for sure, but it leads to Summer and -- I think we all know that I'm not so much a fan of Summer. Not compared to a Queensland Winter, anyway. But the Fall/Spring thing is irrelevant. Here -- which is far more important -- is my list of Top Ten Books on My Spring Reading List:
  1. Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic
  2. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
  3. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  4. The Boat by Nam Le
  5. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  6. Eat This Book by Eugene Peterson
  7. His Name in Fire by Catherine Bateson
  8. The Messenger Bird by Rosanne Hawke
  9. Word Hunters: The Curious Dictionary by Nick Earls and Terry Whidborne
  10. City by James Roy
I'm excited about diving into all of these. Seven fiction, three non-fiction. Some have been on my to-read list for a while. Others are brand new releases. This list includes six books by Australian authors, which makes me happy. Four of the books were published this year. There is one verse novel in the pile, as well as two short story collections. One of these books won the Newbery Medal, and another won the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. One is written by a past creative writing professor of mine, and another is written by a cool Brisbane author. One was a birthday gift, and another is required reading for uni this semester (guess which). Four were published by local publishers UQPress, which makes me feel patriotic.

What's on your Spring (Autumn?) reading list?


  1. At this point, I have no idea what's on my reading list because it just keeps getting longer! I don't read slowly, so I would have thought there would be a balance between read and to-read books, but no. It turns out there are just too many amazing books out there and they all have to go on my list.

    Currently, I'm on Patricia C. Wrede's A Matter of Magic and will be moving on to Rivers of London next. Then The Looking Glass Wars. After that, who knows? I'll probably have added ten more books to my list in that time!

    Enjoy your reading! :D

    1. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY GOOD BOOKS?* It makes it impossible to stay on top of the reading pile!

      'The Looking Glass Wars' sounds amazing. You'll have to report back once you've read and let the world know whether we should all read it, too.

      *I originally mistyped "food books", which is also interesting.

  2. Sounds like a good idea... my reading list for the near future is something like this...

    I should also like to start 'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo and 'The Silmallerion' by J.R.R. Tolkien and reread 'Ben Hur'
    browse well through the... 'Letters of Tolkien' by J.R.R. Tolkien
    'With Christ in the school of prayer' by Andrew Murray
    'That Hideous Strength' by C.S. Lewis
    'The Great Divorce' by C.S. Lewis
    'Mere Christianity' by C.S. Lewis
    'Treasure Island' Robert Louis Stevenson
    'Violets are Blue' Elizabeth Rose
    and if I can get my hands on either 'The Lantern Bearers', 'The Shield Ring' or 'Simon' by Rosemary Sutcliff it will make me awfully glad :).

    Sounds like a great Spring reading list, Danielle. By the way, I got your giveaway gift in the mail today. Thank you so much! It is such a lovely gift... I am sure to be using it, unless it be that I'm too scared to spoil the beautiful white pages with my messy scribbling :p... the pens look great as well. Anyway, just wanted to say 'thank you'!

    1. Joy, your list looks amazing! Those books sound INCREDIBLE. The only one I'm not familiar with is 'Violets are Blue'. But Lewis, Murray, and Rosemary Sutcliff? So good!

      I'm so glad the gift arrived -- and I wish you courage to make those first brave marks on the blank pages!

    2. Thanks, Danielle, I am pretty excited about those books... can't wait to get my nose into them :). 'Violets are Blue' is a historical fiction novel (dealing with the Titanic story) recently self-published by a Christian homeschooler girl in America under the pen-name of Elizabeth Rose. I follow her blog here: http://lizzyslovelylibrary.blogspot.com.au/

      Thank you! I shall try to be brave :)

  3. I did have an interesting reading list... until I started back at uni, where they found it necessary to give me 8, more or less boring, novels and novellas. But other than those I'm getting through a few Agatha Christie books. The annoying thing is, I start off with a list then as soon as I have time or interest to read I forgot what was on the list.
    A shame, really.

    1. Ah yes, it's hard to balance reading for fun with reading for school. I'm blessed in that often the books I have to read are actually quite cool, but yeah -- it leaves little time for other reading!

  4. You have a very eclectic list there! How do you manage to find some many varied titles?? You're a much braver reader than I!

    1. I keep an eye on new releases, local authors, and prize winners. I like reading books that I haven't discussed with anyone else. You get some good surprises!

  5. I'm reading "She's Got Issues" (doing it with a friend), trying to finish Twelve Baskets of Crumbs by Elisabeth Elliot and then also reading some 7th day Adventist literature :)


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