Friday, March 21, 2008

Spring Reading Thing 2008


You can read about about SRT 2008 at: Spring Reading Thing 2008 or click on the picture above. I will also put the picture-link in my custom module on the left hand side of my Xanga. I warmly encourage all of you who are "provoked" to do so, to join up!

Spring Reading List 2008
Thursday, March 20th

I have long been inspired and impressed by Jen (nyisutter at and her dedication to these seasonal reading challenges for bloggers. We should make her the Tatterdemalion Ambassador of Literacy! This spring, I am finally joining in! My goal is to spend less time computing and more time reading! Warm spring days are conducive to reading while sitting outside on the back patio.

Conversely, rainy April days are suited to curling up on a comfy sofa with my kitty, my pillows, and a pile of books while sipping Cherry Vanilla Tea and wearing toasty ragg wool socks!

I am also planning on deviating a bit from the reading challenge per se and adding also what I plan on watching for DVD's/videos and listening to for podcasts and musical CD's for this spring, as I have for the past few months especially been much too serious and need some Vitamin L (Laughter) and Vitamin M (Music) for medicinal purposes. One of my dearly beloved cats died a month ago and I have been more than moderately depressed. If it seems like I am trying to read/watch/listen to an unhealthy amount of media this spring, please know that I have to fight my way out of my grief and depression in the ways that I know have worked for me in the past, by the power of God's grace. I have cried and curled up in my little ball facing the wall long enough. I assure you I still have plenty of hours in the day (and long, sleepless nights) to pray.

Addendum: In my Nonfiction book goals for this season, I am putting the emphasis on more than a few areas which will continue on into the Summer and Fall Reading Challenges. My primary concerns are reading my homekeeping/home comforts books in the attempt to keep house better, learning how to better affirm my boyfriend and communicate holy and chaste and affectionate love to him in ways that he can be most blessed by, honing some basic digital photography, digital printing, and digiscrapping skills, as well as soaking in Frances Mayes's books on life in Tuscany, Italy. I also seek encouragement and inspiration from the letters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I want to serve "Jesus in His distressing disguise" as Mother Teresa talked about and lived so well.

Nonfiction  Books:

Come Be My Light by Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
The Kodak Most Basic Book of Digital Photography by Jeff Wignall
The Kodak Most Basic Book of Digital Printing by Jenni Bidner
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes
In Tuscany by Frances Mayes
The Healing Power of Affirmation by Fr. Ralph Diorio
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson
Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart

Scrapbooking Digitally by Kerry Arquette, Andrea Zocchi, Darlene D'Agostino, Susha Roberts

And... dabbling in various Italian cookbooks! We'll save serious reading of those until the Summer Challenge!

Fiction Books (including Audio Books for when I am too migrained to keep my eyes on "real" books):

Bleak House by Charles Dickens (audio book)
The Incredulity of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton (audio book)
The Cat Who Brought Down the House by Lilian Jackson Braun
Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie (audio book)
They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie (audio book)
The Cat Who Went Bananas by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis (audio book)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (audio book)

DVD's and Videos:

Green Acres, Season One

Green Acres, Season Two

Perfect Strangers, Seasons One and Two

The Odd Couple, Season One

Hetty Wainthropp, Volume One

Monk, Season Three

Nero Wolfe, Season Two

The Sound of Music

The Russians Are Coming

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Mel Gibson's The Passion


Our Miss Brooks

The Great Gildersleeve

Fibber McGee and Molly

The Jack Benny Program

Burns & Allen


The Saint

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

My Daily Phrase Italian
from Radio Lingua

Pray As You Go, from the Irish Jesuits
Pray Station Portable, from SQPN - the daily Liturgy of the Hours (psalms, prayers, readings, intercessions)

And, while I'm at it, how about what I'm putting in my CD player?! :)

What a Heart Is Beating For by Chris Rice
Short Term Memories by Chris Rice
Run the Earth, Watch the Sky by Chris Rice
Amusing by Chris Rice
Hymns and Meditations by Fernando Ortega
Fernando Ortega by Fernando Ortega
Love Will Rise by Mitch McVicker
Audible Sigh by Vigilantes of Love
Cross the Big Pond by Vigilantes of Love
Slow Dark Train by Vigilantes of Love
Summershine by Vigilantes of Love
Lake Effect by Liz Carroll
Lost in the Loop by Liz Carroll
Soft May Morn by Bonnie Rideout
Scottish Inheritance by Bonnie Rideout
A Scottish Fiddle Collection by Bonnie Rideout
Scottish Fire by Bonnie Rideout
Gaelic Storm by Gaelic Storm
Together Live! by Randy Stonehill and Phil Keaggy
Jammed! by Phil Keaggy
The Song Within by Phil Keaggy
Castles of Gold by Frank McCourt, Roma Downey, and Pan Morigan
Lots of various pieces by Mozart, Strauss, Handel, and Chopin - heavy on the Mozart!!

Every CD I own by Waterdeep: Everyone's Beautiful, Waterdeep Worship, Heart Attack Time Machine, Waterdeep Live at the New Earth, Waterdeep Live at Muncie, Indiana 3.23.03, To Chase Away the Birds

And trying to cut down on the Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and Il Divo for awhile! The combination of spring and of men with gorgeous voices singing beautiful Italian songs would simply be too much! ;)

I also plan on listening to cardinals, robins, and chickadees serenade me outside our windows, and in the yard while I garden. My favorite "concerts" of all are listening to my kitty Maggie McGee purr contentedly at my feet while I read. >^..^< ... and my dad picking out tunes by ear on our piano in the dining room.

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