Well, Spring Reading Thing 2007 has reached its conclusion. Hard to believe! When we first began, June sounded so far off, yet here we are! Just as a refresher, Katrina was our hostess with the most-est, and everyone who wanted to participate linked the list of books they planned to read this spring over on her site. Plus she had book giveaways and I even won a book, The Nativity Story by Angela Hunt–autographed by the author herself!
Now all that remains is a synopsis of sorts. So, here was my list of books (you can see the original list here)…
Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur
God is the Gospel by John Piper–currently reading
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper
Hard to Believe by John MacArthur
I Saw the Lord by Anne Graham Lotz
Boundaries for Teens by John Townsend
A Woman’s Place by Lynn Austin–did not complete
Summer of Light by W. Dale Cramer–did not complete
Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson
Not on the original list but I read them anyway:
Women’s Intuition by Lisa Samson
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The Nativity Story by Angela Hunt
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
In review Katrina has asked us the following questions pertaining to our spring reading adventure:
What was the best book you read this spring?
Fiction: Peace Like A River. Absolutely wonderful. I loved, loved, loved it. Want to read it again. I borrowed it from the library and am now contemplating purchasing it just so I can own it for myself. It’s that good. Really. I also thoroughly enjoyed the story of Pip and his Great Expectations.
Non fiction: God is the Gospel is incredible. A timely reminder that the joy of our salvation is God Himself not the blessings He is so gracious to give. Hard to Believe was also a wonderful, thought provoking read on the high price of following Jesus.
What book could you have done without?
Portrait of a Lady. In my mind, never has an author used so many words to construct so little plot. Also, while I enjoyed Quaker Summer, I felt Lisa Samson’s perspective to be a little too pointed. I much preferred Women’s Intuition, which featured one of the characters of Quaker Summer, Lark.
Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?
Henry James was a first. Maybe I didn’t choose well the first time around? And Leif Enger–sure hope he has another title in the works! Does he? Anyone know?
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 began both Summer of Light and A Woman’s Place but wasn’t in the mood for either at the time. I’ve enjoyed other titles by both authors, so no doubt I will pick them up again at another time.
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 didn’t come across it as in I had no previous knowledge, but I’ve seen a few summer lists containing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I just have to say I’ve placed my pre-order and I cannot wait until July 21!
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!
I’ve learned I am really enjoying a return to the classics! Just prior to the challenge, I had read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and enjoyed them both. While Portrait of a Lady wasn’t my all time favorite by any means, I am not deterred! So, again, I will ask for recommendations. What’s your favorite among the classics? Jane Austen doesn’t count, because she’s a given!
What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing?
Not to be obtuse, but the reading! 🙂 Of course, the book giveaways were fun, especially when I actually won!
Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?
Any other thoughts, impressions, or comments.
I want to thank Katrina for all her time and effort not just in organizing the challenge, but handling all the details with the book giveaways. It’s been great fun seeing what everyone’s reading as well as having a list and checking my progress. Thanks, Katrina!