Fall Into Reading 2011: Start Reading!

Welcome to Fall Into Reading 2011! There’s no doubt about it. The cooler temperatures we’ve had lately confirm what the calendar tells me: Fall has most definitely arrived.And while I could do without the frequent rain we’ve experienced, I can’t do without Fall Into Reading 2011! I’m excited to read some books that have been languishing on my shelves, and others that have been on my “I plan to read that…someday” list for too long.

I hope you’re ready to read, too! And whatever goals you’ve set for yourself this fall, I hope you’re excited about pursuing them, and that you enjoy every book you read!

Here’s a brief recap of how to be a part of Fall Into Reading 2011:

  • Make a list of books you want to read (or finish reading) this fall. Your list can be as long or as short as you’d like.
  • Write a blog post containing your list and submit it to this post using the Mr. Linky below.
  • Get reading! The challenge goes from today, September 23rd, through December 21st.
  • Check out other participants’ lists and add to your own to-read-someday pile, if you wish!
  • Write a post about your challenge experience in December, telling us all about whether you reached your goals and how Fall Into Reading went for you. But remember: this is a low-pressure challenge that should be fun. As long as you do some reading this fall (and enjoy it!), that’s good enough for me.

There’s a Mr. Linky at the end of this post. Please use it to link to your blog post containing your Fall Into Reading list. Remember to link to your specific post, not just your general blog homepage. People will be stopping by for days (or weeks!) and when you link to your specific post, it will make it easier for everyone to find your reading list. Also, if you don’t mind, please link back here from your post so that your readers can come check out all the other participants.

So post your list, grab a mug of your favorite autumn beverage, and check out all the other bloggers who love to read as much as you do!

Oh, and one more thing. Every week (beginning next Wednesday), I’ll be posting a question relating to reading — there will be questions about your reading habits, reading memories, or current reading experiences.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on reading, so be sure to check back or subscribe to my feed so you don’t miss a question. Thanks!


For more information about Fall Into Reading 2010, check out these previous posts:

Note: There is NO limit to when people can sign up to participate in Fall Into Reading 2011. You’re welcome to join in any time between now and December! The “deadlines” mentioned in the prize/giveaways post are only for prize eligibility.


That should cover all the details. Link up below and let’s get reading!

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  1. I look forward to this every year! Fall seems to be the perfect time to slow down a bit and curl up with a book or two (or ten!). Thank you for hosting!

  2. I’m so excited for this, my first time participating! Now if only the rest of life would slow down so I could enjoy my reading! :)

  3. Thanks for doing this challenge I am looking forward to leisurely getting to read books I’ve been meaning to get to! Happy Fall!

  4. Thanks for doing this again. I’m looking forward to it!

  5. I participated a couple years ago and and excited to join in the fun again! Thanks for hosting!

  6. This will be my 5th year of doing the Fall Challenge. Look forward to it each and every time!
    Deborah´s last post ..Fall Into Reading 2011My Profile

  7. I am so excited that this challenge is here…I love participating and love the weekly questions!!! Thanks for hosting this and I hope you reach your reading goals!!!

  8. I’m ready to read! Thanks for sponsoring the challenge. It’s gonna be fun!!!

  9. Happy Fall Reading! :)

  10. I’m so excited to get reading for this! It’s my first challenge on my blog and it looks like it’ll be loads of fun :)
    Claire´s last post ..Fall into Reading 2011My Profile

  11. Thanks once again, Katrina!
    Barbara H.´s last post ..Fall Into Reading 2011My Profile

  12. Hey, Katrina. I found you and your blog thru Carrie at Reading to Know. I’m looking forward to this reading challenge. Thanks for hosting it!

  13. Hi Katrina,
    Non-blogger here, so I’m adding my list to the comments! So excited to be participating.

    Most of my non-fiction choices are history books. I’ve always loved history, but haven’t found much time for it lately. As the kids are getting older and ready for trips to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, I think it’s time I start boning up.

    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
    I thoroughly enjoyed my “Step Up” book about TR as a child, I think it’s about time that I investigated the grown up version of one of the most colorful characters in American history, tackling all three is going to be tough, but I imagine once I get started, I will find it hard to put down.

    Plain Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman
    Indulging my history nerd as well as gathering material for debate with my ultra-right wing husband.

    American Eden by Wade Graham
    Gardening has become a big thing in our family, the subtitle, What our Gardens Tell Us About Who We, are intrigues me.

    30 Years Under The Beam by Frank Behum, Sr
    Eyewitness accounts of Bethlehem Steel. My dad worked there for 35 years and wrote the intro for the book. Long overdue to read it.

    Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
    Curious about the book that caused all the controversy.

    I’m honestly getting a little bit tired of fiction. Possibly too much time spent reading kids’ books. I used to really enjoy murder/mystery/thrillers, but there doesn’t seem to be much new these days. I’m going to stick with a few predictable favorite characters.

    Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
    Have been a fan of the series since the beginning, I expect it will be relatively predictable, a good one to keep in my bag for the random five minute reading opportunities I get.

    Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
    Due out Dec. 6th, the latest Scarpetta novel, hopefully I can sneak this in at the very end, Merry Christmas to me.

    Naked Heat, Heat Rises by Richard Castle
    I’m addicted to Castle and read the first book, Heat Wave. Started Naked Heat, but just didn’t get into it. More mindless fluff, going to give it a second shot.

    • You and I are opposites when it comes to nonfiction. I avoid history at all costs (I leave that up to my history-major husband). :) I’ve enjoyed a few Kathy Reichs books and Patricia Cornwell’s earlier novels, but haven’t read any recently. Might have to change that… Thanks for being part of FIR ’11, Liz!

  14. What did I ever do without these reading challenges? Ha. I love having a reason to make a list. It makes me get more realistic about what I can read and not read (although this fall I kinda blew that…). Thanks for hosting us so faithfully!
    Lisa notes…´s last post ..Fall Reading List 2011My Profile

  15. Oh I can’t even tell you how much I look forward to these reading challenges! Thank you so much for setting one up, yet again!

  16. Can’t wait to get started!

  17. I’ve never been part of a group reading challenge before and I am looking forward to being part of this one. I have many books on my bookshelf and this is a great opportunity to read them and then give them away.

    Thanks for hosting this challenge.

  18. I am looking forward to this and to your weekly questions. Let the reading begin!

  19. It’s so good that someone takes some responsibility and make me organize my reading a bit more. I’m looking forward to seeing what other people are reading too.
    Good fall reading everyone.

  20. I am so excited that I found you!!

  21. I’ll be back later tonight or tomorrow to join in!

  22. Its a really short list, but I plan on giving a more complete list later on.

  23. Happy fall reading everyone! I’m excited to do more reading and less sweating. ;)

  24. Thanks to your button being on someones blog I found out about this just in time to start on the first day of fall. It has been a while since I joined in on a reading challenge. Thanks for the incentive to read something besides The Twilight Saga.

  25. My favorite thing about fall (well, except maybe pumpkin pie) … I’m looking forward to checking out some other FIR participants lists. Thanks for all you do, Katrina!

  26. Looking forward to this reading challenge

  27. Just posted my list! Didn’t get to it until this evening because of an exceptionally busy day. So excited to be taking part for the third year in a row. Thanks for hosting!!

  28. Yay for hosting! We’re actually on a it of a vacation at the moment but I’m looking forward to looking through other people’s lists!

  29. I made it back. I have my list posted and linked back to here and I’m on the linky thing too. Thanks so much for allowing me to participate.

  30. Yay! I’m all signed up. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge. I’m so excited to get started.

  31. I tried last year, but didn’t really get much reading done then – so I am hoping to read at least seven books for this challenge (hopefully more). thanks for hosting!

  32. Hi –

    I found my way here through Julie’s blog (My Book Retreat). It looks like we have a lot in common – besides the obvious, reading! I, too, am part of our local CSA (first time this year) and have kids (two teen boys). Looks like we’ll get along well :)

    I NEVER join challenges because I am already so overwhelmed with things to do and just can’t take any extra commitments piled on….BUT…this really does sound easy and no-pressure, and of course, I want to read some books this fall, so I think I will jump in! No time right now to make my list, but I will do it this week and link back.

    Thanks…and nice to “meet” you!

    Sue Jackson

  33. I’m excited the challenge is here. I’ve spent part of my morning checking out what everyone else has on their lists. My TBR list just got longer and longer. Good luck to everyone.

  34. Hi! looking forward to seeing if I can meet my goals! I have 8 books listed. My post is up a day late so hope that’s ok. and I hope I followed all the rules!!! :)

  35. I’m in. And like I say every time I participate in this, I’m going to finish it. This time I have a book for each week the challenge is going on. I’ll read them in any order, but I will try to read at least one book a week for the challenge.
    Jules´s last post ..Book Review: Cat’s CradleMy Profile

  36. Yay! I’m joining again because it makes me sit down and at least read a little bit during this crazy busy time of year. Thank you for hosting it again Katrina!

  37. I’m in! I need to keep up my reading through the holiday season – I’m not going to get to 125 books this year which was my goal, but hopefully with this challenge I can get myself to 100! Thanks!

  38. I have been so looking forward to this! Thanks for continuing to do these challenges. :)
    Trish @ In So Many Words´s last post ..Fall Has Arrived, And It’s Time to Read!My Profile

  39. I’m so excited about this :) I heard about it (and your blog) from Kristen @ the Book Monsters

  40. This is my first challenge, and I’m looking forward to making a small dent in my TBR with it. Thanks! ^.^


  41. Oh yay! This is so fun! I found you via A Faithful Journey… so glad I did! Thanks!

  42. Oh my gosh! I may become obsessed with this Fall reading challenge. Being new to this I have no idea of scope. After signing myself up, I thought I would try reading 2-3 blogs a day to see what others are reading. Today it is over 80 who have signed up with some people reading 60 plus books. I am so excited to continue to follow this amazing group of readers.

  43. First time participating in this challenge!

  44. Well, I’m two days late, but still glad to be here *winks* I have a somewhat generalized list of books that I’m going to read, but wanted to join anyway. I’ll be more specific as time goes on. Hope that’s OK : ) I can’t wait to get started with this in the morning, and then read and play along. Happy reading everyone! I’ll try to keep up!
    Kristy ~AKA~ Mama to the Man Crew

  45. I love lists! So this is a great challenge, thanks for hosting!

  46. Woohoo!! Look forward to this EVERY year! Glad I caught it in time to participate from the beginning this year! :-D

  47. . . . .this is one of my favorite things to do in the fall. I really enjoy doing this. Thanks for hosting these fun reading challenges Katrina! xoxo

  48. I am simply inebriated with book list glee! I so much look forward to this! Thank you so much for hosting the Fall Into Reading 2011, Katrina!

  49. This is great!
    I’m a few days late, but I got here!
    Do you have a code for the widget to post on our Blog? I’d LOVE to post it on my Blog!
    I will just copy & paste it right now and link it in blogger.
    Thanks SO much for doing this!
    Laurie Carlson
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com

  50. Well, there aren’t many titles on my blog, but I am almost halfway through the first book. As I find more books and more time to read I’ll post them also :-) I should find time to read maybe 8-10 books btwn now and then…we’ll see and hope.
    Thanks for challenging all the readers to read more.

  51. Do excited to be participating for my very first time!

  52. Umm, hopefully this isn’t a stupid question, but what’s the difference between a comment and a trackback? Thanks for helping me be less ignorant :)

  53. I would love to join the challenge! Are books in any format acceptable (bound, e-book, audiobook)? I have books in all three formats that I want to add to my list, but I just wanted to check with you first.

    Thanks for hosting a great challenge!

  54. I am so excited to be doing this :) We love to read!!!!

  55. My soon to be 11 year old daughter (Miss E) has decided she wants to challenge herself along with us and I’ve included her link above. I know this is signing up after the cut-off for the goodies…but that’s okay…Mom has some goodies lined up for Miss E for along the way. (Shhhhh…..don’t tell! *g*)


  56. I love doing this every year!!! I hope I can get into reading and complete my list this year!!

  57. I put together and linked up my list. I’m a serious book addict and there are several books sitting around the I really want to get through.
    Amanda @ ThePelsers´s last post ..Kids in the Word Wednesday ~ September 28My Profile

  58. I know I’m a bit late but I just wanted to say what a wonderful idea, thanks for re motivating me to read again. xx

  59. Thanks for hosting this challenge! I’m always up for another one :)

  60. I guess I’m a little late in signing up, but I’m really glad I found this challenge. It will help keep me on track this fall. Thanks for hosting!

  61. I love reading in the fall!

  62. After making my list, I realize I need more reading tme!

  63. Oooh…I was thinking about this yesterday as I was dusting off my blog. :D I’m off to get my list done and get started. Thank you for doing this again, its just what I was needing to get me to jumpstart my reading habit again. :)

  64. I just posted my reading on my blog, and am really excited to get going on the reading. What a great way to jump start our reading engines for the fall! I am curious as to what others think about my list.

  65. I finally wrote down my goals! Yea for a reading challenge!

  66. I know I’m a little late in starting this year…but thanks for hosting this!

  67. Thanks for the opportunity to challenge us in reading!

  68. A late starter but would love to join in. thanks, Judy x

  69. So sorry to be so late, but I’m thrilled to have found you! What fun creating my list…and now I look forward to visiting others’ lists and getting inspired!

  70. I read 3 of the books on my short list but reviewed two of them, Janeology and Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue

    I also read 8 of the 9 books on my alternate list but only three of them during actual challenge dates {blush}

    Love doing this one and am looking forward to Spring Reading Thing!

  71. I’m not sure where to post this, so I’ll just put my link here with my updated list. These are the books I actually read this Fall. I did pretty well, I think. I know I missed the deadline — didn’t realy realize that it had come and gone, so this is just an update for fun. Thanks for hosting this challenge. It really helped inspire me.



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