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100_1818Do you see this stack of books? I’ve been very greedy lately. I just want to read everything I see. I’ve started a few pages of each one and still I want more. Here’s what’s on my list:

1.  O’Pioneers by Willa Cather. I’m reading this for the Decades ’09 Challenge. Years ago I read My Antonia by the same author and haven’t forgotten it. This one seems to have the same style of writing.
2.  Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski. This is one of my Childhood Favorites I’m re-reading. It’s still so sweet.
3.  Travels With Charlie by John Steinbeck. This is an old classic that I first read about 30 years ago and I want to see if it still has that same old charm.
4.  Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie. This is her second book to be published. I’m reading them in order of publication for the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge.
5.  Home Another Way by Christa Parrish. I won this novel a couple months ago from 5 Minutes nightstandFor Books. It’s the debut novel for this author and has had excellent reviews.
6.  The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I read about half of this book a year ago and then found a copy of the audiobook at the library. The audiobook was read by the author and it was superb. I decided I should go back and read the original again.

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The month of January has been a great reading month for me. I joined a bunch of book challenges and now I’m on a big dash to make sure I keep my promises. Here’s what’s on my list for February:

1. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by by Maya Angelou. I’ve always wanted to read this book and the Classics Book Club has it as the selection for the first Tuesday in February. It’s an excellent tale of Ms. Angelou’s early life.

2. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. This s the first book published by Dame Christie. I’ve entered a challenge to read all of Christie’s books in order of publication. It’s not a tough challenge as I’m of big fan of hers.

3. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. This is one of my favorite books from childhood. Homer is a small town boy who’s life is fairly typical. Well, except for the capture of some thieves, a donut machine that won’t stop making donuts and balls of string nearly six feet tall! I’m reading this for the Childhood Favourites Challenge

4. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. A book by one of my favorite authors. This is the story of Ms. Kingsolver and her family’s adventure in eating only locally grown food for one whole year. I’m reading this for the Books About Food Challenge.

5. Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives by Charles Swindoll. Rev. Swindoll has picked thirteen people from the Bible to profile. His goal is to show the significance of what they did even if their names are unrecognizable. This book is for the Christian Readers Challenge.

If I didn’t have all these challenges, what would I be reading? 🙂 If you’d like to see what others are reading, check out 5 Minutes For Books.

nightstandHere’s what is on my list right now but, who knows, maybe Santa will add something new. 

1. American Fried by CalvinTrillan. One of my favorite authors from when we lived in Kansas City and so did he. This book is about Calvin’s experiences in trying to find good, not ritzy food as he travels. I’m reading this for the Books About Food Challenge.

2. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. This is an audiobook I found at the library. It’s read by the author which I find to be a lot more interesting. I feel like I’m hearing the story exactly as the author intended it to be read.

3. Plain Perfect by Beth Wiseman. This is the story of a twenty-something woman’s visit to her grandparents who are Amish. Her mother left home and raised her outside the Amish culture. She’s seeking more than a connection with her grandparents; she’s looking for peace. I’m reading this for the Christian Readers Challenge.

4. Carrot Cake Murder by Johanne Fluke. This is an audiobook I am going to start in the next day or two. It’s a murder mystery with some recipes thrown in. I’ve some how missed reading this author’s long list of cooking/murder mysteries but it looks like fun.

5. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’m re-reading (last read in late 70’s) this old children’s classic in the dead of winter in California. I’m hoping it’s the only snow I have to experience this year. Actually, I’m cold as I’m reading about the snow blowing in through the cracks in their little shanty. I’m reading this book as part of the Reading Through the Decades Challenge ’09.

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