Fall Into Reading 2011 Wrap-up

Yesterday was the last official day of fall on the calendar, and that means Katrina‘s Fall Into Reading Challenge has come to an end and it’s time to share how we did.

I’m happy to say I finished all the books on my original list except one that I had to put aside, and I added a few more.

Here’s what I read from my original list:

Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World edited by C. J. Mahaney, reviewed here.

Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man by Bob Schultz, read with my youngest son reviewed here.

Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn, intense action concerning a missing American in Iraq and the newly instated, formerly fired operative sent to find him, reviewed here.

(These first three I had actually started before the challenge and just finished them up.)

Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk by Dale and Jonalyn Fincher, recommended by Lisa, discussed here. Mixed emotions on this one.

Love’s Pursuit by Siri Mitchell, about a young woman in Puritan New England who is outwardly a model of righteousness but inwardly struggles with being “good” enough,  reviewed here. Loved. Excellent.

The Mercy by Beverly Lewis, just out, last of The Rose trilogy, not reviewed, but enjoyed.

Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan series by Karen Kingsbury, not reviewed. I was thinking as I started that the story between Bailey and Cody had kind of dragged out long enough, but I did enjoy this story, and it doesn’t look like the series will end up where originally thought with the next book,  but then one never knows!

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly, another Borders close-out find, about three sisters who are descendants of Jo March who find a collection of her letters, reviewed here. I love Little Women but was largely disappointed in this..

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, reviewed here. Not terribly exciting, but fairly pleasant.

By Searching: My Journey Through Doubt Into Faith and In the Arena, autobiographical books by Isobel Kuhn, reviewed here. I’ve read them many times before and they’re a couple of my all-time favorites.

Abandoned: The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. I’ve seen bloggers mention this name for years and I finally decided to check out one of her books. Had to put this one aside due to explicit sexual content. Had no idea that would be in there a a story about ladies coming together over knitting! Very disappointing as I have seen a lot of bloggers favorably mention her books.


Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz, read with my son, reviewed here.

The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life by Allen Rucker, reviewed here.

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson, reviewed here.

While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin, reviewed here. One of my favorites of the fall.

One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson, not reviewed. Natalie fails to come help her mother take down Christmas decorations, her mother has a stroke, Natalie blames herself and distances herself from her husband and daughter…not a light, pleasant, frothy Christmas read. I liked where it ended up, but it was a little too depressing and annoying with the couple fighting.

The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson, not reviewed. An unconventional (somewhat weird, even) stranger comes to town, opens a strange shop on the main street, putting the town in an uproar, until individual townspeople begin to visit the shop. I’ve liked others of Melody’s books, and I thought this was well-written (especially liked how the first line of the last chapter echoed the first line of the first chapter), and I liked the characters and underlying theme. But I just didn’t really care for the story or the premise of the “magical” store.

I was trying to set my original goal at a fairly reasonable pace rather than a challenging one, and I’m glad I was able to complete most of my goal and then some. One thing I like about Katrina’s challenges, besides interacting with other readers, is the fact that it makes me work into my reading books I want to get to but wouldn’t naturally gravitate to. Thanks. Katrina, for hosting once again.

While you’re here, I’d like to invite you to a Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge I’ll be hosting here next February. You can read more about it here.

Happy Reading!

11 thoughts on “Fall Into Reading 2011 Wrap-up

  1. You have such a good list, Barbara. I love this challenge because it gathers everybody’s books and summaries so neat and succinctly into one post, making it easy for me to visit later and choose a book to read. 🙂

  2. I’ve heard of Debbie McComber and actually only read one of her books…it was a non fiction one about compassion……but i’ve heard that most of her books was sappy romances….and she is supposed to be under “Christian” authors…hm……….
    congrats on finishing up the challenge!

  3. I think The Christmas Shoppe is the one I usually pick up and then I debate with myself over whether or not I’ll actually like it. Good to know you thought it was well written although it sounds like you were less than impressed by the story itself. I can forgive quite a bit at Christmas time if it’s a fun Christmas story though. I still don’t know!!

    I was just loaned a copy of Wonderland Creek, by Lynn Austin which i believe to be her latest and I’ve heard wonderful things about. I like a good Austin title now again so I’m looking forward to this one!

    So looking forward to the LIW challenge! =D

  4. I have added a lot of the books you reviewed to my list.

    That is a shame about Debbie Macomber. I really did enjoy her book I have read, and there was no sexual content. Secrets by Debbie Macomber. It does have some language issues, but not as bad as some I have read.

    Whenever I review a book by anyone, I always point out any issues. If there is sexual content, I tell them. If there is foul language, I tell them. Debbie Macomber is definitely not Christian, and so I fully understand your issues. I have stopped reading other authors due to truly explicit content!

    Anyway, I would say you did pretty well. Forgive my rambling!

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