Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Reading Thing

I found out about this the way I find out about most things... I stumbled upon it. Being the huge reader that I am, I decided to play along and thought some of you might want to as well. Here's my list for spring:

1. Keep reading books to consider for She Reads. (Top secret as to what those are!) As the director of She Reads I am constantly looking at and considering titles for our selections. The arrival of novels at our house has become commonplace and we are having to get really selective about what books we even ask for. At first our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, so to speak as we wanted to devour (just going with the metaphor here) all the potential books out there. That, we've learned, is simply not possible. My co-director and I have now recruited some of the P31 ladies to serve as a selections committee just to help us read and weigh in with their opinions. That's already been extremely helpful... a relief! But suffice it to say there are a lot of really good Christian fiction authors and titles out there. We choose the best of the best and we want to consistently pick titles you all enjoy so you will rely on us as the go-to place for the novels you buy. That's our goal.

2. Read secular fiction titles that are by my favorite authors. Beside my bed right now is House Rules by Jodi Picoult, and a new fiction author I connected with last week, Sarah Pekkanen's debut novel, The Opposite of Me. I am excited about these titles. On my library hold list is The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens, and Love In Mid Air by Kim Wright Wiley (she lives in my town so that means I have to read her novel... it's required)

3. Read writing books. On my "To Be Read" shelf are the following: The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell, The Anatomy of Story by John Truby, No More Rejections by Alice Orr, Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson, and The Maeve Binchy Writer's Club by-- you guessed it-- Maeve Binchy.

4. As for what I want to read with my kids, I am on a kick of going back and re-reading all the favorites from when my older three were little to my younger three. There's no reason they should miss out on the things we loved. Our all-time favorite book is The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman. Also Patricia MacLachlan's All The Places To Love and What You Know First.

5. Finally under the nonfiction category, I have Beth Moore's newest, So Long Insecurity, You've Been A Bad Friend To Us and a memoir entitled Making Toast: A Family Story on my list.

If you are looking for some great recommendations on books to read, be sure and check out She Reads. We choose a selection a month and provide interviews with the authors, recipes to go with the book in case you want to start a book club and cook something to share with the group, activities or games for book club meetings, guest posts from the authors, etc. If you love novels then this is the place for you!

Many people ask me how I find time to read. They want to read but can't figure out how to squeeze it in. I will say that there are two places I get my reading done: on the treadmill and at night before bed. I can get a whole lot of reading done if I spend 40 minutes on the treadmill reading and then read an hour or more at night. Note: this means I do not watch much tv. I also will grab a book and sit on the couch with my kids, reading while they are watching their kid shows. I can tune those out and enjoy the story I am reading, yet still be with them. I don't do that unless I am really into a book, mind you.

And finally, a shameless plug for my own book, The Mailbox, which will be out within the designated time of the Spring Reading Thing (June 1, 2010). So please, I humbly beg you to BUY THIS BOOK!! I am going through final edits on it right now and it really is a good beach read. Plan to take it with you to the pool or the beach and enjoy the story of Lindsey, a divorced mom of two who has faithfully visited the Kindred Spirit mailbox (a real landmark on the coast of NC) every year since she was 15. As she returns for the 20th year, she runs into Campbell, the guy who first took her to the mailbox... and ended up breaking her heart. Will Campbell and Lindsey get a second chance? And what does the mailbox have to do with it? You have to read to find out...

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Amy G said...

Marybeth I am so excited that your book will be out soon - sounds very interesting and I plan on buying it the first chance I get.

I am a lover of books as well - and now that I am involved in our church library it can be crazy with how many books are on my bedside table - now spilling over on to my dresser, and into my living room.

I am currently reading Max Lucado's "And the Angels were Silent". I have had this book for some time and thought this was the right season to read it. I was also at Living Proof Live last weekend with Beth Moore and picked up three of her books and also have her Insecurity book as well to read. I also LOVE fiction novels (need to make sure I read more nonfiction, but its a work in progress). I am almost finished "The Silent Governess" by Julie Klassen - I have really enjoyed it, I love the time frame its written in. Oh and I also have Sanity Secrets for Stressed-Out Women by Sue Augustine on the go.

Happy Reading!

Angel77 said...

I'm a novel lover! I am currently reading Deeanne Gist's A Bride in the Bargain. Very nice! I am captivated and read half of it yesterday. I also read on the treadmill and before bed. But I don't get an hour in. I fall asleep after 20 minutes! I read while the kids are riding bikes and outside playing.

I cannot wait for your book to come out!!! Very excited to read your style of writing!

Such The Spot said...

I'm so looking forward to reading The Mailbox...just over two months to go!

And I, too, am looking forward to reading House Rules (Jodi Picoult is one of my absolute favorite authors) and I've got The Wife's Tale sitting on my nightstand now. I'll be starting that one as soon as I finish with Look Again by Lisa Scottoline. Did you read The Girls (also by Lori Lansens)? It was such an interesting read...

Mom Can I? said...

I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOUR BOOK!!!!! so exciting!!!! and as someone who got to spend summers on those lovely NC coast beaches - with the theme songs playing in my head -our favorite - ahhhh the boys of those summers...your book will be such a delight to read!!!!

Marybeth said...

Thanks guys for the kind words about my book! I am excited for you all to read it but be prepared for me to quiz you if you read it. What did you like? What did you think about this certain part? Etc. I tend to do that! I will be depending on you all to help spread the word-- tell your friends and urge them to buy the book and then tell their friends, and so forth and so on... I am counting on you guys!!

BecauseImTheMommy said...

I'm so happy to be visiting you today. You have a great list for Spring Reading Thing and I've just added your book to my TBR list. Happy Reading!

bigguysmama said...

I l ike how you separated your list! Are you going to be blog touring your book? The cover really grabs my eye! Beth Moore is everywhere. I love her! Enjoy your Spring reading!

~Mimi @ Woven by Words

Arlene Grimm said...

Just finished two good secular books, The Penny Pinchers Club by Sarah Stromeyer and Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky. I am looking forward to purchasing your book when it is published Marybeth. We seem to like a lot of the same books so I am sure I will enjoy yours.

Flamingo Mama said...

i believe that if you LOVE to read, you will find time to read:)

i am reading for the Write Reasons right now. oh my goodness. i'm using this as a devotional and it is moving me to tears each and every day. and the funny thing is that God is using it to talk to me about things that have nothing to do with writing! i cant wait to read the speaking one next.

when your book gets released, i would love to post about it on my know, for the tens of readers to see:) lol