Since today is the last day of spring, it is the final day of the Spring Reading Thing hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days. Katrina will have on her blog a Mr. Linky where participants can link to their wrap-up post for the challenge. It’s a good place to get some feedback on good books.
The books I completed are:
In Trouble and In Joy: Four Women Who Lived for God by Sharon James, a collection of short biographies and writing excerpts of four women: Margaret Baxter, wife of Puritan preacher Richard Baxter; Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards; Anne Steele and Frances Ridley Havergal, both hymn writers, reviewed here.
House Blend: Warm Stories From Your Favorite Authors, nor reviewed. It was billed as a collection of short stories, but it is more like excerpts from books of various authors, with sort of a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” feel to it. It was “okay” — I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read one or two of the stories a day rather than reading the whole book over three days.
The Secret by Beverly Lewis, also not reviewed. It was pretty much typical of this author’s books centering on Amish life. This members of this family are believers (whereas in previous books the family members were coming to understand salvation by grace rather than keeping the rules of their church), but the mother has a troubling secret from her past over which she leaves her family. Grace, the oldest daughter, is left in charge of the household just as she is on the brink of becoming engaged.I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Winter Turns to Spring, the last of the Four Seasons of Marriage books by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman, not reviewed.
I am currently about 2/3 of the way through To the Golden Shore by Courtney Anderson about Americas’ first missionary, Adoniram Judson.
Katrina suggested some possible questions to discuss:
Did you finish reading all the books on your spring reading list? If not, why not?
This is the first time I didn’t finish more than I did finish — I had listed pretty much all the books I had picked up at an earlier clearance sale at the Christian book store plus a few others. But the length and nature of some of the books plus an ultra-busy spring meant I didn’t get through very many. That’s okay, though — I have always viewed these challenges as a loose goal, and these books are awaiting me over the summer, so I have a lot to look forward to. My original list is here.
Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?
I added a couple. I had forgotten that The Secret was due out, so it wasn’t on my list, but once I saw it I added it. Anything new by Beverly Lewis is a must-read. Plus on Robin Lee Hatcher’s blog, she offered a free copy of When Love Blooms to bloggers willing to read and review it, so I took her up on that.
What was your favorite book that you read this spring? Least favorite? Why?
I always have a hard time listing favorites, but probably The Centurion’s Wife, I enjoyed getting an idea of what the times and people might have been like. The least favorite would be House Blends. Some of the excerpts lost something by being taken out of context; some were stories that you’ve probably seen if you’ve been on the Internet long at all, a couple were theologically iffy. There were a few highlights, but overall it just wasn’t a favorite.
Did you discover a new author or genre this spring? Did you love them? Not love them?
Not really — it’s unusual, but I think I have read something by almost all the authors mentioned.
Did you learn something new because of Spring Reading Thing 2009 — something about reading, or yourself, or a topic you read about?
Nothing that stands out, but I’d probably need to look back over the reviews to remind myself (in which case I guess I didn’t learn or else it would have stuck with me. 🙂 ) But there was much reinforcement of things that weren’t new to me, particularly in the Passionate Housewives book.
What was your favorite thing about the challenge?
I think I say this every time, but most of my reading is comprised of what “looks interesting,” and a challenge like this helps me be more purposeful and get some of those books I’d like to read “someday” actually into my hands.