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My Fall 2010 Reading List

fall readingWhat books have you been wanting to read?
Why not set a goal to read them this fall? Fall into Reading 2010

Or, starting today, get serious and commit to Fall into Reading 2010.” Then return on Dec. 21 to say you succeeded.

Here’s what I’ll be reading and why.
Care to join me for one or more?


  • The Help (10/5/10)
         by Kathryn Stockett (2009)
    I keep hearing it is so good. Is it? I want to find out for myself.
  • Emma (10/14/10)
         by Jane Austen (1815)
    I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice so much this summer that I’m reaching for another Jane Austen novel. (Plus, Jenna will be reading it soon for British Lit.)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  (9/27/10)
         by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1922)
    The movie was haunting (I wouldn’t recommend it), but Fitzgerald’s book is so short (and free on the Kindle), that I’m curious to see what it’s about. (I’ve started it already; quite different than the movie.)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (11/16/10)
         by C. S. Lewis (1952)
    Again. I need to jog my memory before the movie comes out. I’m a die-hard always-book-before-movie girl.
  • The Healer’s Apprentice (11/01/10)
         by Melanie Dickerson (2010)
    Melanie and I used to go to church together, so I’m excited she’s published her first novel! It’s young adult historical fiction.

Spiritual living

  • A Shelter in the Time of Storm: A Meditation on God and Trouble (10/19/10)
         by Paul David Tripp (2009)
    Tripp’s books have proven depth for me +  I need to meditate more on God = A perfect combination in one book.
  • The Grace of God (10/16/10)
         by Andy Stanley (2010)
    I think “God’s gifts of grace” may be the spiritual theme I want to study/live in 2011, so this book is a great primer.
  • The Holiness of God (12/17/10)
         by R. C. Sproul (1985, 1998)
    It’s Tim Challie’s choice on Reading Classics Together, beginning October 14. Join us!
  • Won’t Let Go Unless You Bless Me (12/23/10)
         by Andrée Seu (2006)
    This has been on my bookshelf for over a year. I’ve been saving it. Uh, for what?—just read it already! I love Andrée’s writings.
  • Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God (12/12/10)
    by Mark Batterson (2008)
    I’ve read 2 of Batterson’s books so far and loved them. Going on 3 for 3.
  • Evidence Not Seen (10/31/10)
         by Darlene Deibler Rose (1988)
    It comes highly recommended by a fellow blogger, so I’m trusting her.
  • Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk (12/18/10)
         by Dale and Jonalyn Fincher (2010)
    I stumbled upon this one free for my Kindle about conversationally sharing your faith.


  • Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Raising Teens (10/20/10)
         by Paul David Tripp (2001)
    I’ve read it and re-read it. I know it’s good. Now I’m re-reading it again...because I still have a teen in the house and I still don’t know enough.
  • Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for You and Your Kids! (12/27/10)
         by Scott Turansky (2002)
    See above. (I was reminded of this one in the comments below, so I’ve added it now. Thanks, Porters!)


  • Humility: The Beauty of Holiness (12/18/10)
         by Andrew Murray (1895)
    Once you get past the Bible, it’s hard to find much good literature on humility. Yet humility is so crucial to developing a Christ-like character. So I’m traveling back 115 years for help.
  • Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (11/08/10)
         by St. Therese of Lisieux (1898)
    Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project highly recommends this one. I’m going to see why.


  • Rework (12/17/10)
         by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson (2010)
    I don’t know why, but I like these kinds of books. It’ll be different from my other books. And it’s new. And Chris Brogan liked it. And I like Chris Brogan. So, why not?

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How backed up is your “To Read” book list?



Liz said...

I've got Emma loaded on my Kindle because I feel like I need a little "class" in my reading repertoire. I didn't put it on my Fall list, though. Maybe I should have.

I've read Humility by Murray, and I found it to be very good.

Barbara H. said...

I just finished Emma a few weeks ago and loved it. I had read Tripp's book years ago when my older two were teens, but need to reread it now as my youngest is 17 already (how did that happen?!).

I want to reread all of the Narnia series some time.

How neat to read a book by someone you know personally!

Unknown said...

I'm making my 12yo daughter watch Pride and Prejudice with me. I think she likes it okay :) I'm hoping she might choose to read some Austen on her own after we finish.

I am putting that Tripp book on my list right NOW. What a positive spin.

Ronnica said...

You have several books I've enjoyed. Yes, The Help is good. If you're at all interested in audio books, I recommend checking into seeing if you can get the audio version from your library on CD or mp3...adds something extra.

If you liked P&P, I definitely recommend Sense and Sensibility favorite Austen!

Michelle said...

I like the way you have listed your books, adding the reason why.
I don't know why I picked the books I did..just looked good.

Susanne said...

You can definitely never know enough with teens. Just when I think I know everything the next kid is totally different than his/her sibling. LOL.

I have the Help on my list too.

Elisabeth Black said...

I loved The Help too. I read it last winter on a business trip. Absolutely fantastic book. You might also like South of Broad.

I have Emma on my Kindle too, but I'm so busy reading books I've committed to reviewing I haven't found time for pleasure reading lately.

Bryan Porter said...

One of the best books I've ever read, and I have read it twice and will probably read it every year. "Good and Angry, Exchanging Frustration for You and Your kids. by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller.

Ever wonder why your kids can drive you crazy sometimes and it makes you angry? The anger itself isn't necessarily bad. Its a warning sign to you that "something isn't right here", either with you or with your children. It is how you react to the anger that is important.

Carrie said...

Well, you can't beat Andrew Murray for a good discussion on any particular topic.

I still need to read The Help and I'm seeing it listed on many of these Fall Into Reading Challenge posts! I'm going to be left out in the cold here!

YAY for reading Voyage again before the movie comes out. A highlight during the month of December, to be sure! =)

Lisa notes... said...

Thanks for the reminder about the "Good and Angry" book - I need to re-read that one, too. I think I've already read it twice, but that's not near enough. ha.

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by Lisa.
The Help was my favorite book of 2009, I'd love to even read it again, it was so wonderful. If you enjoy it, I recommend Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt.

Good luck!!

Melanie Dickerson said...

Thanks for mentioning my book, Lisa! That's a beautiful picture of you, BTW.
I've read all Jane Austen's books multiple times. Love them all. Emma is probably the funniest, with all those quirky characters. But Pride and Prejudice is my favorite.
If you read The Healer's Apprentice, let me know what you think of it. :-)

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

I think you'll love The Help. I listened to the audiobook and made a rule that I could only listen while doing housework. Well let me tell you, I did a LOT of housework that week. :)

I have Age of Opportunity on my shelf. My oldest is almost 12...haven't read the book yet, because I'm in denial about the teen years. Sigh...

Thanks for being part of the challenge!

Kara said...

Love your list! Emma & Dawn Treader are two of my faves. I should've added the Sproul title to my own list because I'm pretty sure I'm going to read along with Tim Challies this time around...I wanted to do the Spurgeon one but knew I wouldn't keep up. And I'm looking forward to hearing about the Andrew Murray one!

Kara said...

Meant to add...Good & Angry is a good one too! I think I need to reread that one.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I want to read The Healer's Apprentice! Great list.

Tiffers said...

Thanks for stopping by Lisa. I enjoyed reading your list. I even jotted down a few to add to my TBR list. I'm most looking forward to Coffee Shop Conversations. :)


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