Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Read Thing 2011

Can you believe that it's Spring already?  In Florida, we had "Winter" (cooler weather--in the 50s) for a few weeks over the past couple of months, but we've completely skipped the Spring weather and moved to Summer.  In fact, we were in the high 80's this weekend, with no relief in sight.  Yippee.  (Yes, that is said with lots of sarcasm.)

In any case, Spring Break is still over a month away and I have a pile of books that I want to read before we enter the true Summer season.  Thankfully, Katrina over at Callapidder Days is hosting the Spring Read Thing 2011, which means I can put my plan into action.  (Yes, I fell on my face in the Fall because I didn't write a wrap-up post, but that's okay because this is a low-pressure reading goal.)

Here are some of the books I would like to read between March 20 and June 20, 2011:

The Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter
I requested to review this title.  Cowboy's are the "in" topic for reading this year, and since I'm a cowgirl at heart (hey, I was born in Texas)I can't wait to read about this Cowboy.

The Reluctant Detective by Martha Ockley
I requested to review this book because I am a sucker for mysteries.  I love learning about all of the investigating techniques no matter what the time-period.  I blame it all on Nancy Drew.

Gold of Kings by Davis Bunn
I won this book to review through LibraryThing and it has a ton of action and suspense in it.  It seems to be mixture of the movies Sahara and National Treasure

Beneath a Starlet Sky by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
I won this book to review through GoodReads.  It's not my normal style of reading which is exactly why I signed up for it.

Digitalis (Discarded Heroes #2) by Ronie Kendig
I won this book in a giveaway from Dineen Miller's blog.  I LOVED the first book in the Discarded Heroes series, but this one is about my favorite character from that book-"Cowboy."

I Dare You: Embrace Life with Passion by Joyce Meyer
I started this book awhile back, but I haven't made it very far.  You see, I suffer from bouts of depression and I thought this book might be an excellent jump-start to get myself out of the funk I'm in when I start feeling depressed.  Needless to say, I don't feel much like reading when I'm in that phase, so I haven't made it too far on this book.  My hope is that I can put this funk behind me and learn from the principles Joyce Meyers writes.  After all, I am an adventurous person and I do want to "embrace life."

Powers (#2)by John B. Olsen
I won this book to review through LibraryThing, but since it's book #2 in the series, I felt I needed to purchase book #1 and read them in order.

Shade (#1)by John B. Olsen
Book #1 in the series, the cover looks interesting so I think it may be a good book.  At least I hope, especially since I need to read and review book #2.

Feng Shui for You and Your Cat by Alison Daniels
Don't even start me on this one.  It was a Christmas present several years ago and since I will have to move over the summer (rent is going up too high), I thought it might be interesting to see what the Eastern cultures have to say about placement of items in the home.

Angel by James Patterson
The Maximum Ride series started off pretty good, but since Patterson has teamed up with other writers, it's kind of gone downhill.  Aside from Fang, Angel is one of the other characters I'm intrigued by, so I picked this book up at the local Border's store (which is now gone) and will add it to my school's library collection after I'm done.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Another YA book that I picked up.  I've heard a lot of conversations bout this book over the blogging world, so figured I should read it to see what it's all about before I add it to our collection.

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I won this book off of  Library Love Fest and I'm excited about reading the book.  The author has a quirky sense of humor (you should see her video about the book)  and I hope it reflects in her writing.

Smokin' Six-Shooter by B.J. Daniels
I received this one for free from Harlequin through their Ambassadors program.  Once again, there's a cowboy theme, so I'm interested in reading more about this "Smokin' Six-Shooter."

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
I recently ordered this book because I LOVE Jenny's humor in he writing.  Anyone that can make me laugh so hard I almost shoot water out my nose while reading is a "keeper" in my book. She normally writes YA lit, but on occasion she ventures into the adult world and writes chic-lit.  Can't wait to see this one in my mailbox!

The rest of this list are the book on this year's Florida Teens Read list that I haven't read yet.  Most of the books sound pretty good, but there are so many other books that  want to read--many of which have been sitting on my shelves forever, that I keep putting these off:

Brutal by Michael Harmon

Candor by Pam Bachorz

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriquez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Willow by Julia Hoban

Of course my list will probably completely change (except for the books I'm reading to review), so don't be too surprised if in June you see something different.
 If you're interested in joining, here's a link you'll want to check out.  Please let me know if you've signed up as I always love to read with friends.  Now, go create your list and Happy Reading!


S said...

I'm so glad you posted about this. I decided to join in too. Very cool - I like that it is relatively short term.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Looks like a great list! I have Shade and Powers on my bookshelf, but haven't read either of them yet. And you have me curious about the Discarded Heroes series...might have to check it out. Thanks for being part of SRT '11!

Susanne said...

Okay, Really like Davis Bunn and Sahara and National Treasure are two of my favorite ever movies so guess what book I'm going to get! LOL. Your list looks great. Happy spring reading.

Kirsten said...

So the only one on your list I've read is North to Beautiful as it is this years TLS. I didn't like it, which means you probably will! LOL!
I have started keeping a list of books I read on my fb account. I'll see how that will go as I always forget to write down what I read. Might have to check into the Discarded Heroes books...will have to see if they are on the audio books site.