Spring Reading Thing Wrap-Up

Katrina at Callapidder Days has been hosting the Spring Reading Thing. from March 21 to today, June 21 (the first and last days of spring) and invites us to summarize our spring reading challenge with these questions:

  • What was the best book you read this spring?

Renovating Becky Miller because it was so poignant and From Cannibalism to Christianity because it was true and I know the author.

  • What book could you have done without?

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. It had its moments, but there were enough negative moments that I wish I hadn’t read it.

  • Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?

I had never read Dr. Phil or Betty Smith. I might read Dr. Phil again; probably wouldn’t read Betty Smith.

  • If there were books you didn’t finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren’t worth it?

I am still working on Dr. Phil’s book. It always takes me longer to get through non-fiction. Plus I didn’t get to The Princess Bride or True Light — just ran out of time. Spring is a very busy time in our church and school.

  • Did you come across a book or two on other participants’ lists that you’re planning to add to your own to-be-read pile? Which ones?

I’ve seen several people mention The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, so I might check that out some time. I am going to make a list from the spring reading thing wrap-up posts that I read. 🙂

  • What did you learn — about anything — through this challenge? Maybe you learned something about yourself or your reading style, maybe you learned not to pick so many nonfiction books for a challenge, maybe you learned something from a book you read. Whatever it is, share!

As I shared in my review of Persuasion, I realized (again) just how me-focused I am and how much I need to focus on doing others good rather than making myself comfortable. I learned — or rather was reminded — by Becky Miller about keeping the focus on my relationship with the Lord. There were probably things I learned from every book I read.

  • What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing?

I think purposefully getting some books off the back burner and actually read plus the interaction. I love seeing what other people thought about what they read.

  • Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?


  • Any other thoughts, impressions, or comments.

I mentioned earlier that I had not finished some, but I said at the beginning that the goals were flexible and no one needed to feel guilt-ridden if they didn’t complete everything. I am just adding those unfinished ones to my summer list. 🙂 I am always reading a book, usually a couple at a time. But I’ve been neglecting a stack of magazines for the last few months (not just due to the reading challenge, but due to the general busy-ness of the spring), so I need to work through those, too. I’ll make my own summer reading list in a few days.

Here is my original list of books for this challenge as well as links to my reviews of them:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, reviewed here.

Persuasion by Jane Austen, reviewed here.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, reviewed here.

Renovating Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck, reviewed here.

Forever by Karen Kingsbury, the last of the Firstborn series, reviewed here.

Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury, added in after original list, reviewed here.

To Fly Again by Gracia Burnham, reviewed here. I read her book In the Presence of My Enemies, about the year she and her husband spent in captivity, during last fall’s reading challenge, and this is sort of a sequel — a follow up about how she’s doing and what she had learned in the meantime.

Finding Your Path by Mitch Raymer, which is described as “Christ-Centered Tools To Help You Get A Job, Find Joy In Your Work And Achieve Success,” reviewed here.

From Cannibalism to Christianity by Margaret Stringer, reviewed here. Margaret is a missionary our church supports, “retired” from 40 years on the field in the jungles of Indonesia, but still plenty active.


The Ultimate Weight Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw, still reading. Very good so far.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Neither the library or the local B&N had it, so I ordered it, and it just got here a few days ago. But I wouldn’t have been able to get to it before now anyway. Spring was just too busy.

True Light by Terri Blackstock. This one wasn’t due to be released until June 15, and I was going to try to squeak it in, but didn’t make it. It’s the third in the Restoration series in which there what appears to be a sudden global loss of power. The books focus mainly on one family’s coping with the crisis. I didn’t think I would like the storyline, but I do like Terri Blackstock, so I gave it a chance. The hard thing about it is my aversion to thinking about such a crisis — I’m afraid I like my creature comforts too much — I can see my response mirrored in that of some of the characters.

Through the year:

These are books that I have been reading through the year, as they are laid out in weekly or daily sections, so I didn’t intend to finisn them this spring, but wanted to mention them as I have been reading them:

Queen of the Castle: 52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker by Lynn Bowen Walker. I am enjoying this a lot so far — I had seen it recommended on a couple of blogs during the fall challenge last year. I had an enjoyable interview with the author here.

Daily Light on the Daily Path compiled by the Samuel Bagster family. I have read this many years over — always a blessing.

Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer. “OK” so far.

And, of course, the Bible, best book ever.

You can visit Katrina at Callapidder Days for links to others’ spring reading challenge wrap-ups, plus she has kept a list of links that people have provided when they’ve reviewed books for the challenge here.

14 thoughts on “Spring Reading Thing Wrap-Up

  1. I completely agree with you about being flexible and no guilt about things we don’t finish! I’ve really enjoyed Queen of the Castle too — much more approachable and realistic for me than many other “housekeeping books.” Thanks for being part of the Spring Reading Thing!

  2. Love your new header! I am going to add Renovating Becky Miller and Persuasion to my TBR list. I also wanted to mention that Jodi Picoult’s books are very well written, but I did want to mention that she is not a Christian author. Some have more language than others, but nothing compared to many of the books out there. I just thought you might want to know that up front! Of the books I have read by her, Plain Truth is my favorite. Have a great day!

  3. Wow! You did an amazing job working through your list! I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’ve been planning on reading that, but now maybe I can skip it. (Not like there isn’t enough out there to read, huh?) Anyway, I’m off to read some of your reviews. Have a wonderful summer!

  4. Jane Austen–definitely must-reads around here, more than once, more than twice, more than…well, you get the idea!

    I may have to look into Queen of the Castle as well, because, well, let’s just say the subtitle says it all… 🙂

  5. Persuasion was not on my SRT list, but I read it because I liked Emma, Pride and Predjudice and Sense and Sensability so much. It was very good! Hope you get to The Princess Bride!

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