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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

To Read or Not To Read

With my decluttering efforts I have found a lot of books stuffed about everywhere you could imagine. There are a lot I’ve picked up and haven’t even opened. So while shelving I used one shelf to stack all those unread books. And there they have been sitting.

After seeing Susan’s post at “A Southern Daydreamer Reads” about her winter reading list, I decided I needed to do as she has done. Make a list, pull the books and start reading.

Here’s my list:

Classics ~

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Instructional ~

The Haiku Handbook by William Higginson

Knitting for Dummies

Sewing for Dummies

101 Essential Tips: Bonsai

Nesting; It’s a Chick Thing by Ame Beanland & Emily Terry

Non-fiction ~

Echoes of Fury: The 1980 Eruption of Mt. St. Helens… by Frank Parchman

Population: 485 by Michael Perry

Learning To Breathe by Alison Wright

Wisdom’s Daughters by Steve Wall

Fiction ~

The Long Night of Winchell Dear by Robert James Waller

I was surprised tho when I looked at my list.  There is only one fiction book (three if you count my “classics”).

So I need some help fluffing my fiction reading list… what books would you recommend? I don’t read mysteries, crime, occult, or just down-right depressing stories.

What should I be looking for that is a good read?


  1. OK, so you know that this is an area for me to comment! The Giver is great-I have a reading guide if you are interested. Also, I would have to say that To Kill a Mockingbird is something that everyone should read as a HS student, and then again. It has been said about the book, you can not understand it till you are at least 35. I read it every year 5 times and I get something out of it every year. I just found out last year that the character of Dill is based on Truman Capote. I taught The Glass Castle last year and it is the first book that every single one of my students loved.

  2. Great list Teri... I ought to get the Sewing for Dummies book and dust off my sewing machine! I have started knitting recently.. nothing fancy yet.. but there are some good how to videos on you tube for alot of things!

  3. One of my very favorite books is "Creating Sacred Space" by Karen Kingston. My other one you probably wouldn't enjoy as well as it borders on kind of "woo woo" ideas. But I'll tell you anyway, "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield. Loved "The Good Earth", read it in school. Your post was a good reminder that I should take the time to read more! Thanks Teri! ~Lili

  4. You could check out my Max Lucado review if you would like. I'm with Susan on the reading list and got 3 books finally read. Just needed a nudge I guess.

  5. I LOVE The Giver by Lois Lowry, it is my favorite book of all time! I have read it a dozen times since middle school and it never fails to enjoy me. There is actually a follow up to The Giver, but I can't bring myself to read it because I like the way that The Giver ends and I don't want to ruin my imagination of it.

    If you are looking for good fiction, I always reccomend Historical Fiction. I prefer anything related to Richard III and the Tudors. My favorite HF book is A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith.


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