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Friday, November 06, 2009

My (Probably Very Over-Ambitious) Plan for Holiday Reading

So, it's come to my attention that 2009 is winding down (I'm nothing if not quick). October is always my warm up for the holiday season; by November, I'm in a full-on sprint until about February. Three of my kids have birthdays this month (even though none of them were due in November), the other's is in January. Then, of course, we have Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas and all the activities that come along with that. It's a busy, hectic time. A fun one, no doubt, but also stressful. So, I thought it might be helpful to decide which books I'm going to finish before the year's out. Based on what I've done so far, I figure I'm reading about 12 books a month (Seriously? Crazy.), but with all that's going on, I'm going to guess that I will only finish 20 more by January 1. Here's what I'm thinking:

This Book Is Not Good For You by Pseudonymous Bosch - reading for the elementary school

Any Other Woman by Monica Kidd - reading for Green Initiative book bonanza thingie

Now & Then by Jacqueline Sheehan - reading for a virtual tour

Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena - because I promised the author I'd get to it before Christmas

The Ball's In Her Court by Heather Justesen - a review book that looks interesting

The Amanda Project: invisible i by Stella Lennon - a review book - I'm anxious to see what all the buzz is about

The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff - because I loved The Kommandant's Girl and because Jenoff is sending me a copy of her new book to review. Yay!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - because it's FINALLY in at the library. Woo hoo!

The Boy Who Dared: A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti - because I just discovered this author and want to see what else she's written

Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack - because I'm going to hear her speak next week and want to know more about her work

Eyes Like Mine by Julie Wright - same as Kilpack

The Atherton Trilogy by Patrick Carman - because the publicist kindly sent me a set for me and a set to give away and I haven't done it yet. Shame on me.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall - because I'm reading the second book for the school, but want to read the first book first.

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall - Like I said above. I'm trying to get the school's books back before Christmas (oh sorry, Winter) Break.

The Christmas Shoes trilogy (I think it's a trilogy) by Donna VanLiere - I have a copy of The Christmas Blessing to give away, but want to read the other books first. Plus, I need a little holiday reading.

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly - because I loved A Northern Light and people have told me the "Rose" series is even better. Plus, eventually, the library's going to want it back.

We'll see how it goes. What are you planning to finish up before 2010 arrives?


  1. Way too much. I've got 18 books I'm trying to get through. I'm getting there. Some are big some are little. The 2 big ones are The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and Admission.

    I wish you the best of luck.

  2. Just found your blog not to long ago and love it! It is good to read your reviews and get new ideas. So, I thought I read a lot, but wow! 12 books a month! I probably do between 8-10. There just is never enough time to read as much as I want to. Currently I'm working through some children's books--The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins as well as the Septims Heap series by Angie Sage. As for how many books I have to read there are over 400 on the to-read list on my goodreads!

  3. I'm quite a bit slower than you, so I only have a few books queued up. Heat Wave by 'Richard Castle', The Smart One and The Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik, Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich, and the 2nd & 3rd books in the Fablehaven series are up next for me.

  4. That is quite a list! I look forward to hearing what you think of my book!

  5. The Rose series better than A Northern Light? Wow, I need to get on that!

  6. I read the Penderwicks this summer with my was deeelightful!

  7. are ambitious!! The holiday season is in full swing at school and for me that means - The Scarlett Pimpernel for book group, The Devil's Paint Box by Victoria McKernan, The Candy Shoppe War by Brandon Mull, 2 Inter-library loans that eventually need to return to their mother-ship, The Lost Symbol so my dear husband will quit pestering me...and grading papers, report cards (again,)DIBEL's testing and prep,School Thanksgiving event, the general holiday rush and work-reading!! Oops...throw in RS, I always forget that! Yikes!! All I really want to do is read, shop with my daughter, and watch football!! Gosh, what's so wrong about all that?!?! I loved your plan though. Where are you going to hear Josi Kilpack?? I know I didn't really like one of her books, but I love to hear authors, and who knows, I might like one!

  8. I have two reviews for book tours due in November, so I have to get those done ASAP. I have The Maze Runner, two Vampire Academy books, Shiver,(which looks SO GOOD), and whatever else comes in from my holding list at the library!:) Hopefully I can read a ton, since the first of the year will be crazy for me! I have my son's birthday in January, daughter in Feb., and my new baby due in March! It's going to be busy next year! Good luck with your reading!

  9. Wow you're going to be busy. I have about 35 books on my TBR list. My goal is to read about 5 of those before 2010 with a few of those being holiday books. I'm currently reading a book called "Cancel Christmas" by author Rocco Leonard Martino. It's a satire about big business and government canceling Christmas. So far it's a fast, humorous book that I'm really enjoying. Best of luck with your list and happy reading!


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