Big Book Push Gone Bust

Did I say that?  Well, it’s true.  My end-of-the-year brain child, the Big Book Push, was a bust.  The only book I read this month that was actually on my TBR list for this year is the Jamie Langston Turner selection Winter Birds (my thoughts here).  Oh, and I’ve also finished Turner‘s beautiful novel Some Wildflower in My Heart, but I haven’t written it up yet.  I’ve just been savoring it.  My two big failures are A Tale of Two Cities and my plan to read something, anything by Wendell Berry.  I just stalled out in the middle of Two Cities.  I haven’t given up on it entirely, but there’s no way I’m going to finish it before November’s out.  😉  I like the idea of trying to finish it in audiobook, if only I can motivate my lazy tired self to go to the library to check it out.  I actually had decided on Nathan Coulter as my next selection by Berry, but for some reason, my order got hung up at Amazon.  I think it was the Thanksgiving book I was trying to order.  Although the Thanksgiving book was purportedly “in stock,”  it became more and more obvious that we weren’t going to get it by Thanksgiving.  I attempted to cancel the order, but it ended up that I could only cancel certain books (Nathan Coulter being one of them).  I ended up with a set of easy phonics readers for Lulu, but no Wendell Berry.  Bah. Oh well.  It’s just as well.  I probably would’ve gotten sidetracked by other, easier reads, anyway.  (Reviews forthcoming, I promise!)

Someone remind me not to undertake a big project of any kind when I’m dealing with the first trimester of pregnancy!  🙂

Have any of you succeeded in whittling down your TBR list lately?  Do share!

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Big Book Push–What I'm Reading


I guess it’s about time I declare my intentions for the Big Book Push.  I hope someone out there in bookish blogdom is looking as forward to this as I am–knocking off a few long-ignored TBR titles.  I actually finished the first title off today–look for a review in the next week or so. 

So what do I plan to read next?  Well, I haven’t read anything at all by Wendell Berry this year, so I have that to look forward to.  I’ve read Jayber Crow (my thoughts here) and Hannah Coulter (my thoughts here).  I’m thinking about picking up Nathan Coulter next, ‘though That Distant Land is tempting because I think it might give a real “overview” of Port William.  Then again, I’m not a huge fan of short stories.  We’ll see.

I also have A Tale of Two Cities on my TBR list, and I’m determined to get to it this month.  It’s one of many titles that I’m almost embarrassed I’ve never read.  It has been a great, great while since I’ve read any Dickens, so I’m looking forward to it.

That’s it.  As busy as life is right now, I’ll be doing well to tackle these. 

Anyone else with me on the Big Book Push?


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Big Book Push

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Did you have any reading goals for this year?  Have you met them? 

Or maybe you’re like some people I know–you eschew reading plans and like to read whatever strikes your fancy at the moment.  Still, though, there’s that one back in the back of your mind that you’ve been meaning to get to for a while. 

If either of these scenarios describes you, then the Big Book Push is for you. Over the course of the month of November, I will be revisiting my TBR list for 2009, and I am inviting you to join me.  Here’s what you do:

  1. Think about what you haven’t read this year so far, whether it’s from a formal TBR list, a bestseller list somewhere, or just a title tucked away in some recesses of your mind that you haven’t forgotten.
  2. Write up a blog post about what you intend to read before the month’s out and come back and link it up at the bottom of this post.  Don’t forget to use the Big Book Push button(s)!
  3. Read your book(s)!
  4. Write your review(s) sometime during the month of November.
  5. Come back here on Monday, November 30, and we’ll all link up our reviews and take stock of what we accomplished.

How does that sound?  Let the reading, reviewing, and blogging begin!  🙂

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(Many thanks to those of you who have commented on the cute Big Book Push buttons.  I wish I could take credit for designing it, but I have no skills.  🙁  Abigail at Source of Joy Graphic Design, however, does!  Her rates are very reasonable and she is just the nicest person you could ever hope to meet!)

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