Spring Reading Thing 2009

Callapidder Day's
Spring Reading Thing 2009

March 20 to June 20

Spring is upon us and once again it is time for Callapidder Day's Spring Reading 2009. I decided to have a theme this year since have so many new books in my to be read pile. The theme is First Time Author Reads. Due to the wonderful reviews out there in the blogosphere, I've have acquired quite a few. Also, due to the advent of book reviewing, I've been requesting and receiving review copies of book from different sources, which thrills me to no end.

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy. (Translated by Anthony Briggs) Father gave me this book for Christmas and I promised him it would be the first book I would read for Spring. At 1424 words it will take some time.

1st to Die (The Woman's Murder
Club series)- James Patterson. Believe it or not I have never read anything by James Patterson and heard much about him. Decided it's time to give him a try. We'll see what I think.

14 - J.T. Ellison. A murder mystery written by Ellison who blogs on one of my favorite group author sites - Murderati. I am working my way through reading books by all the authors who blog on the site so first time author read.

Duma Key - Stephen King. Surprisingly, the only thing I have read by King is his non fiction book "On Writing."

French Bred - Frederic Guarino (E-book) Referred by J.Kaye

Homicide in Hard Cover (A Bibliophile Mystery) - Kate Carlisle. Cozy mystery

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series 1) - Robert Liparulo. A young adult christian mystery thriller.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Young adult fantasy. I finally succumbed and picked this up at Target.

Inside Out - John Ramsey Miller. Suspense Thriller He blogs on another multi author website The Kill Zone.

Long Lost - Harlan Coben. (Courtesy of Shelf Awareness) Mystery and will be released March 31st.

Magyk (Septimus Heap Book 1) - Angie Sage. Young Adult fantasy novel

Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stuart. Young adult adventure story

Safe Haven (Hideaway # 2) - Hannah Alexander. Christian Suspense thriller

Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader - Joe Hilley. Another book purchased by Father and I promised I would read it. Joe is always waiting to hear what I think about it.

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) - Alice Kimberely. Book 1 of another series by author Cleo Coyle writing as Alice Kimberely. I haven't technically read anything by Alice Kimberely so, cheating a little on this one.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians book 1) - Rick Riordan. Young adult fantasy / mythology story about a 12 year old who learns he is the offspring of one of the Greek gods.

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman. Young Adult fantasy story I've seen many great reviews of this book and hope it lives up to it.

The Soul Collectors - Charles Quince. Courtesy of Bostick communications, this novella is a mystery thriller.

The Titian Committee - Iain Pears. Art History mystery

Too Hot To Handle - Robin Kaye. Advanced Reader Copy of romance novel courtesy of Sourcebooks being released May 1, 2009

Virgin River (Virgin River series # 1) - Robyn Carr. (autographed copy) Romantic novel.

Author face off: You may notice I have one book each from Stephen King and James Patterson. King doesn't like Patterson's writing, so I decided to pit one against the other and see for myself.

What are you planning on reading?


  1. A series about a haunted bookshop sounds like fun...I'll have to check it out for one of my challenges. Best of luck and happy spring.

  2. Wooo War and Peace! Very ambitious. I have yet to work up the nerve.

    I've been wanting to read that book about Sarah Palin so I'll love your thoughts on that!

    Lastly - The Mysterious Benedict Society!? YAY! Hope you love it!

  3. I can't read anything while I'm writing a WIP, but that list sure does give me some books to put on my to-read-soon list! Thanks!

  4. Great list - lots of variety. I didn't know that about King not liking Patterson. I enjoy both of them and read just about everything they write.

    Off to check out a few of yours to maybe add to my already huge want to read pile.

  5. Great list! I should add The Lightning Thief to my list! Happy reading and good luck.

  6. War and Peace! Good for you!

    I see some other intriguing titles too. I'll look forward to your thoughts on these. Good luck!

  7. I like your theme. A good way to look at various writing styles.

    You tipped me off to the Murderatti website and I'm so glad you did. Their writing is a joy to read each day. Good idea to work your way through their books. Lots of good mysteries on this list.

    This is a great list and I am going to bookmark it. I want to come back and work my way through your list slowly. Happy reading.

  8. You've got a great list - I loved Inkheart, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Magyk, and The Graveyard Book!

  9. Great list! War and Peace is awesome, and my son and I enjoyed The Lightning Thief and others in the series. I thought what he did with Greek mythology was quite clever. :-)

  10. Your list looks great. I thought about putting War and Peace on my list--I do hope to get to it this year--but I chickened out listing it for the challenge.

  11. This looks like a great list, and I think having the New Author challenge was a fun twist.

  12. Oh, Robin, I love your list! I love your theme, and you have some great books lined up. Some I've already read and loved (like Mysterious Benedict Society), and some I've been eyeing up myself (like Inkheart -- which I downloaded for my iPod, but haven't listened to yet).

    I've enjoyed several of James Patterson's books. And I've read a couple of Robert Liparulo's books, too -- page-turners for sure!

    Enjoy your books, and thank you for being part of the challenge!

  13. Wow!! What a list! And I love the variety. I'm too chicken to commit to more than 10.

  14. Great list of books to read this Spring. I love finding "new to me" authors. I will have to be on the look out for Harlan Coben's new book.

  15. Inkheart looks like a great book I have wanted to read it :-) I loved the Mysterious Benedict Society. Have fun reading!

  16. war and peace, wow that is right up there with pride and predjudice, I have always wanted to read it but I am scared to hate it. enjoy.


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