The end of autumn means, among other things, the end of Katrina’s Fall Into Reading Challenge! It’s time to share how we did with our personal challenges.
I read all the books on my list except one. By the time I finished everything else it was a week or so into December, and because I wanted to incorporate some Christmas reading not originally on my list, I decided to put off reading The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken until after Christmas. I’ve been looking forward to getting into that one for some time and didn’t want to rush through it just to get it done.
Here is what I completed with links to my reviews and a brief description:
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges along with Challies‘ “Reading Classics Together” group. I didn’t review the book as a whole but did discuss the chapters each week here. Great book on sanctification, good balance between God’s part in it and ours.
Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World! by Alex Chediak, reviewed here. Lots of valuable advice.
Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt, reviewed here. Writing advice styled after one of his classes. Mixed feelings about it but gleaned some good thoughts.
When You Come Home: The True Love Story Of A Soldier’s Heroism, His Wife’s Sacrifice and the Resilience of America’s Greatest Generation by Nancy Pitts, not reviewed. A part of this story was featured in Tom Brokaw’s Greatest generation: this is the full story.
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen, reviewed here. A well-to-do woman escapes an arranged marriage by disguising herself as a maid and then is unexpectedly hired into the staff of someone she knows: twins, one whom she likes and one whom she has spurned. An enjoyable read.
The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury, not reviewed. It involves a dating couple who separated over a misunderstanding and a bookstore that is about to go under. You can guess how it all works out — it has a made-for-TV Christmas movie feel about it, but it is not a bad read.
Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer, reviewed here. WWII story set in Denmark, with a Jewish nurse trying to help her people escape before Nazi brutality catches up with them and a pastor who wants to just go with the flow and not cause trouble until he sees the human faces of suffering. Loved this one.
C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Plant, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength, reviewed together here. I listened to these on audiobook but then went back and reread much of the books because I needed to go over again much of what he said — it was too much to take in just zooming by in an audiobook. Lewis always gives one much to think about.
The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson, reviewed here. Enjoyable Christmas story.
Allerednic: A Regency Cinderella Tale–In Reverse by Chautona Havig, not reviewed. I had great expectations for this one, but I found it a little boring.
The Hobbit, reviewed here. Loved the story and the audiobook.
At Home in Mitford, audiobook, reviewed here. The Mitford books are cozy old friends, featuring small-town rector Father Tim.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, reviewed here.
The Christmas Dog, Allerednic, The Hobbit, At Home in Mitford, and Little Women weren’t on my original list. I’m also in the middle of a book of short stories called Journey Into Christmas by Bess Streeter Aldrich. I’m pleased with the amount of reading I got done despite leaving one book off. Audiobooks have greatly enabled me to work some beloved old favorites into my reading experience.
I think my favorite book of the season was Wildflowers of Terizen. Least favorite, sadly, was Allerednic.
I’m not sure if I learned anything completely new from any of these books, except maybe for some of the details concerning how WWII affected Denmark in Wildflowers, but many reinforced or opened up more fully things I already knew. I did read a few new authors: I had heard great things about Jerry Bridges but had never read one of his books before. Other new-to-me authors read this time were Chediak, Rosenblatt, Pitts, Elmer, and Havig.
One of the things I love about Katrina‘s challenge is that it helps me pull some items off my TBR list into my actual reading. I gravitate to fiction and don’t usually pick up nonfiction unless I purpose to do so. I also enjoy seeing what others have read and what they thought about it. Thanks, Katrina, for hosting Fall Into Reading once again.