Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Reading Thing 2011 -- The List*

Spring Reading Thing 2011
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Dates: March 20, 2011 - June 20, 2011

This will be my fifth time participating in Katrina's Spring Reading Thing reading challenge! My goal is to read eight to twelve of these books.

1. Mansfield Park. Jane Austen.
2. Jubilee by Margaret Walker
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
4. Matched. Ally Condie.
5. XVI. Julia Karr.
6. Wither. Laura DeStefano.
7. Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. Margaret Irwin.
8. Wickham's Diary. Amanda Grange.
9. The Throne of Fire. Kane Chronicles #2 Rick Riordan.
10. Bumped by Megan McCafferty.
11. The Story of Britain From the Norman Conquest to the European Union by Patrick Dillon.
12. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
13. Front and Center. Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Classics



Mansfield Park. Jane Austen. 1814/1998. Norton. 520 pages.


Persuasion. Jane Austen 1818/1992. Knopf Doubleday. 304 pages.


Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte. 1847. Norton. 552 pages.


The Last Chronicle of Barset. Anthony Trollope. 1867.  928 pages.


Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell. 1936. Simon & Schuster. 1048 pages.

Modern Adaptations/Retellings


Suspense and Sensibility: Or, First Impressions Revisited. Carrie Bebris. 2007. Tor. 304 pages.


Wickham's Diary. Amanda Grange. 2011. Sourcebooks. 208 pages.


Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange. 2008. Penguin. 304 pages.


Edmund Bertram's Diary by Amanda Grange. 2008. Penguin. 304 pages.

Children & Young Adult Books



The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales. 1944/2005. Pantheon/Random House. 880 pages.


The Throne of Fire. Kane Chronicles #2 Rick Riordan. 2011. Hyperion. 464 pages.


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (#1 Heroes of Olympus) 2010. Hyperion. 576 pages.

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan. 2011. Random House. 384 pages. 


Wither. Laura DeStefano. 2011. Simon & Schuster. 368 pages.


Bumped by Megan McCafferty. 2011. HarperCollins. 336 pages.



Matched. Ally Condie. 2010. Penguin. 369 pages.


XVI by Julia Karr. 2011. Penguin. 272 pages.


The Summer I Turned Pretty. Jenny Han. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 288 pages.


Front and Center. Catherine Gilbert Murdock. 2009. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages.


Waiting for Normal. Leslie Connor. 2008. HarperCollins. 304 pages.



The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. 1966/2007. Simon & Schuster. 224 pages.

Historical Fiction


Jubilee. Margaret Walker. 1966. 512 pages.



A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Betty Smith. 1943/2006. Harper. 528 pages.




The Sunne in Splendour: "A fascinating portrait of the controversial King Richard III--a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history." by Sharon Kay Penman. 1982. 944 pages.

Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. Margaret Irwin. 1953/2011. Sourcebooks. 336 pages.



Mary of Carisbrooke: The Spellbinding Story of the Imprisoned King Charles and the Girl Who Would Not Betray Him. Margaret Campbell Barnes. 1956/2011. Sourcebooks. 352 pages.

Nonfiction

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy. Albert Marrin. 2011. Random House. 192 pages. 

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Candace Fleming. 2011. Random House. 128 pages.

The Story of Britain From the Norman Conquest to the European Union by Patrick Dillon. 2011. Candlewick Press. 352 pages.

Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood. Ellen Firsching Brown and John Wiley. 2011. Taylor Trade Publishing. 379 pages.

© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

15 comments:

Trish 2:46 PM  

Ooh, there are some intriguing titles on your list. And Persuasion is one of my favorite books - hope you like it!

Happy Reading!

Lori 2:52 PM  

Popping over from the Spring Reading Thing! Intimidating list you have there. ;-) I always say I need to read more classics, but I tend to go through reading genre stages and it's all about the fantasy at the moment. We are huge Rick Riordian fans over here though, hope you enjoy!

Nise' 2:58 PM  

You've got some great books to read during SRT! I see a Diary book that I've missed by Amanda Grange.

alisonwonderland 3:13 PM  

Matched, Front and Center, The Egypt Game, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are all books I loved. I've got a few of your others on my to-read list. Happy reading!

Robin McCormack 3:36 PM  

Sharon Kay Penman, I have it on the shelves. Gotta move it up the list. Awesome selection of books.

Sandra Stiles 4:12 PM  

Great LIst. Do you have a copy of The Egypt Game? If not let me know. I have a brand new copy I ordered by mistake. We teach it in our curriculum. If you want it let me know by emailing me your address.
skstiles612@yahoo.com

Renee 5:20 PM  

I just reread Jane Eyre last week in hopes of seeing the movie soon. I had forgotten how wonderful it is. Have fun!

Amy 6:13 PM  

GWTW is my absolute favorite book of all time. You will love it!

Also, I just finished hosting a Jane Eyre read-along. Even though it's finished, you can use the posts as a guide if you like (we split the book into 10-chapter sections). Here's the first 10 chapters.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days 6:48 PM  

Wow. Interesting selections. I need to check a few of these out, especially Suspense and Sensibility (looks like a fun read!) Thanks for being part of SRT '11! Enjoy your reading!

Susanne 7:42 PM  

A very interesting list! Happy reading!

S. Leighanne 8:31 PM  

A lot of these are on my TBR list for this year.

And seeing the Egypt game made me remember reading it forever ago. I think I really liked it. I think I might pick that up again. :]

Susan 10:56 PM  

You have some fun choices here, Becky! I love all the Jane Austen you have picked. Lots of new and interesting books too. I look forward to your reviews!

Amy 11:43 AM  

Great list!
Love all the classic selections and I too want to read...someday soon...A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!

Happy Spring and Happy Reading!

Jen 9:24 PM  

Great list! I'm inspired to add some classic books to my TBR list. Happy Reading!

Kailana 10:37 AM  

The Sunne in Splendour is one of my favourite books of all time!!!

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