Fall Into Reading 2012: My Wrap-Up

So here’s the thing. I didn’t finish my Fall Into Reading List. In fact, I didn’t even come close.

But let’s focus on the positive.

I did finish all six fiction books on my list. And I did read two of the books on my non-fiction list. And I read part of two other books on the non-fiction list. AND I read three additional fiction books. Well, technically, I read one and listened to the audiobook version of two others. So it’s not like I completely neglected my reading this fall.

Beginning in October, I took a photography class and it consumed enormous amounts of time and mental energy. There was lots of reading, lots of thinking, lots of practicing, lots of exhaustion. And with all of that…non-fiction reading just fell by the wayside. I’m pretty sure that if I had forced myself to slog through my entire Fall Into Reading list, I wouldn’t have gotten much out of those additional non-fiction books anyway. Not because they have little to offer (I still think they look great and plan to read them), but because I was just so preoccupied that I wouldn’t have been able to absorb very much.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed nearly all the books I did manage to make it through this fall. Except for Zoo by James Patterson. I can’t really recommend that one at all. I particularly loved The Drowned Vault (by N.D. Wilson) and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (by Trenton Lee Stewart). I also really liked The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor (even though I usually steer clear of biographies!).

Thanks for reading along with me. I wish you many days filled with good books this winter, snuggled under a blanket or cozied up with a mug of coffee!

Don’t forget to visit the main wrap-up post to see how other participants did this fall.


  1. I’ve heard great things about N. D. Wilson and need to look into one of his books some time.

    I agree that sometimes we can force our way through non-fiction sometimes without getting much out of it. Better to wait for the right time and ability to think through what we’re reading.
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  2. I agree with Barbara that rushing through non-fiction doesn’t leave us with as many benefits as we’d get if we can take our time, so you did well to delay.

    I look forward to seeing more photographs from you with your new skills. I still haven’t learned how to use my camera very well, but since my daughter takes so many great pictures now, I take fewer and fewer anyway. ha.
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  3. I never follow or complete me lists! But, it’s all good.You still finished a bunch of books. And thank you for hosting once again. I always enjoy it!

  4. I totally understand how there is no use in reading if you don’t feel focused. In any case, I barely touch non-fiction – except for biographies, that is. I have quite a few I want to tackle next year.

  5. I totally understand not getting through non-fiction. I tend to really take my time with non-fiction as they take more concentration, whereas fiction you can get sucked in and lose hours. It’s great to hear you managed 6 books though :)
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  6. You should be proud of what you accomplished! The main thing is that you enjoyed what you read and did it at an enjoyable pace. I agree that we shouldn’t push ourselves to slog through books – they are meant to be enjoyed! And, if the time isn’t right for dedicating to enjoying them, they can be held off for a better time.

    Thanks again for hosting, and best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas!

  7. I’m glad you enjoyed the books you read. I enjoy The Mysterious Benedict Society also!! I didn’t get through all the books on my list either–I get distracted so easily by books! :)

  8. I also have to read non fiction at a more leisurely pace when I don’t have all these other activities going on! I actually neglected to write that I just started Grace by Max Lucado which wasn’t on my original list. I have posted my reading challenge wrap up and I’m glad to see you don’t recommend Zoo by Patterson. I LOVE his Alex Cross books, the Murder CLub books and several of his other ones. I had Zoo on my original list and finally saw it available at the library. When I started reading what the inside cover said, I decided NOPE. It didn’t sound all that great!! I did read some VERY good books this autumn and plan on doing lots more reading this winter…..my favorite season to read after dinner on a cold night wrapped up in a fleece blanket with a mug of steaming coffee in hand! I hope you have a MErry Christmas…happy reading!!

  9. Non fiction almost nevers gets read in my world – no matter how hard I try, it’s always the first to end up on the backburner. I’m glad you enjoyed what you read – and thanks again for hosting the challenge. Happy holidays!

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