Saturday, September 22, 2012

2012 Reading Challenges: Fall Into Reading

The Fall into Reading challenge is one of my favorites. It is hosted by Callapidder Days. (September 22nd through December 20th). (Link to sign-up page). I had great fun breaking my reading list into themes for the Spring Reading Thing, so I think I'll try to do the same for Fall Into Reading.

Historical Fiction

1. Dear America: Christmas After All. Kathryn Lasky.
2. Dear Mr. Darcy. Amanda Grange.
3. The Red Queen. Philippa Gregory.
4.  The Lady of the Rivers. Philippa Gregory.
5. The Kingmaker's Daughter. Philippa Gregory. 
6. Jump Into the Sky. Shelley Pearsall.
7. Yesterday's Dead. Pat Bourke.
8. Hannah Is a Palindrome. Mindy Warshaw Skolsky.
9. Hannah and the Best Father of Route 9W. Mindy Warshaw Skolsky.
10. Dear America: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Like the Willow Tree, Portland Maine, 1918. Lois Lowry.

What historical fiction I hope to read:

1930s, America
Hannah and the Best Father of Route 9W by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky 

1918-1919, Canada

Yesterday's Dead by Pat Bourke
1930s, America
Dear America: Christmas After All: The Diary of Minnie Swift by Kathryn Lasky

15th century, England
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

15th century, England and France
Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

15th century, England
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Regency England
Dear Mr. Darcy by Amanda Grange

Science Fiction and Fantasy Series Books

1. The Giver. Lois Lowry.
2. Gathering Blue. Lois Lowry.
3. Messenger. Lois Lowry.
4. Son. Lois Lowry.
5. The Broken Lands. Kate Milford. 
6. Unwholly. Neal Shusterman.
7. The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) Robert Jordan.
8.  The Great Hunt. (Wheel of Time #2) Robert Jordan.
9. The Dragon Reborn. (Wheel of Time #3) Robert Jordan. 1991. Tor. 624 pages.   
10.  The Shadow Rising. (Wheel of Time #4) Robert Jordan.
11. The Fires of Heaven. (Wheel of Time #5) Robert Jordan.
12. Lord of Chaos. (Wheel of Time #6) Robert Jordan.
13. Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins.
14. Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins. 
15. Caught. (Missing #5) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 

What books I hope to read:

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Son by Lois Lowry
Unwholly by Neal Shusterman

Caught (Missing Book #5) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Broken Lands by Kate Milford

Middle Grade Books with Newbery Potential (or Mock Newbery Potential)

1. The Lions of Little Rock. Kristin Levine.
2. No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.
3. Splendors and Glooms. Laura Amy Schlitz.
4. Three Times Lucky. Sheila Turnage.
5. Liar & Spy. Rebecca Stead.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Splendor and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

What Came From the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Nonfiction for MG/YA and Adult
1. Who Gets the Drumstick? Helen Beardsley.

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Shonya 9:55 AM  

Interesting list! I hope you're able to post summaries for your wrap up so I can choose some to add to my list.

And I thoroughly love Lois Lowry's The Giver Series, but I didn't know about "Son". I"ll have to check that one out! Veeeerrrrrry thought-provoking.

Carrie 11:19 AM  

Well, I like your list. :D I read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and I REALLY liked it. But it was still just racy enough that I wasn't sure if I would like any of her others. I recall having to skip a scene or something. Anyway, she is a wonderful writer and tells fantastic stories. I concluded THAT at any rate! :D

Enjoy your fall reads!

Becky 12:19 PM  

Shonya, thanks for visiting! I decided to reread the Giver trilogy just so I'd be ready for the new book in the series, Son. I just recently learned of its publication, and I knew I HAD TO READ IT!!!! The Giver is one of my favorite, favorite books :)

Carrie, I think The White Queen is the raciest of this new series, which makes sense in a way since it's focus is on King Edward, in a way. And I don't think Gregory was *adding* that kind of content *just* to the series just to make it appeal to modern readers.

Now, Gregory is definitely, definitely hit or miss for me. Some of the content of her books falls into the so not for me, it's not worth it category.

Tracy Beth 12:37 PM  

That looks like a great list of books to read this autumn. :) Good luck on this challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing your reviews of them. Especially with Dear Mr. Darcy. :) Happy Reading!

Gigi Ann 2:12 PM  

You have quite a variety of books to choose from this fall. I read "Dear Mr. Darcy" and enjoyed it. I love these books by Amanda Grange based on Jane Austen books. It's like visiting all the characters, but with a bit of a twist. Enjoy your Fall Reading Challenge 2012.

alisonwonderland 4:28 PM  

We got six (if I counted right) of the same books on our lists! I'll be interested to compare responses.

Happy reading!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days 5:55 PM  

Great list, Becky! Lots of variety! My son loved that Margaret Peterson Haddix series, and another one of hers. And I've heard so many good things about Philippa Gregory's books, though I haven't read any myself. Yet. :) Thanks for being part of Fall Into Reading 2012!

Susanne 11:21 PM  

I don't think I've ever seen any of these! Enjoy all of them!

Brooke 12:08 PM  

I'm very intrigued by your historical fiction list. I'll have to check some of these out! Happy reading!

Katherine 2:13 AM  

Going to have to give Splendors and Glooms a read. Looks like something my niece would love (and me too!).

Happy reading!

Joyful Reader 12:25 PM  

I'm with Susanne, I don't think I have seen any of these titles before. Your list makes mine look like, peanuts. Always enjoy your reviews!

Cassandra 6:52 PM  

I didn't know about the additional Lowry books either. I'll have to see what my library carries!

Happy reading!

Ivana 7:02 AM  

I have Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory waiting for my attention..I love historical fiction, but don't read nearly as much as I would like. Some of my friends really liked What Came From the Stars.
You have a great list of books. Enjoy!

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