Spring Reading Thing 2010

March 21, 2010 at 12:04 am 31 comments

I’ve looked forward to spring since about two years ago, not because I feel it here in the Philippines (we only have two seasons, really: summer and rainy. And maybe the occasional cool breeze during the Christmas season) but because I get to join the Spring Reading Thing — a low-pressure reading challenge hosted by Katrina of Callapider Days.

To find out more about the reading challenge, go here.

Timeline for reading: March 20 – June 20, 2010

Here’s my list:

1. Walking with God by John Eldredge

2. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

3. Swapping Lives by Jane Green

4. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

5. Single Men are Like Waffles Single Women are Like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel

6. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

8. The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns

9. Watermelon by Marian Keyes – DONE

10. S.H.A.P.E. by Erik Rees

I want to know what’s on your list, too! So please leave a comment with a URL to your blog so I can check out your list, too.



Entry filed under: Books, Chick Lit, Fiction, Spiritual.

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31 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brittanie  |  March 21, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I love Guernsey. I hope you like it. πŸ™‚

    • 2. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 12:22 am

      Thanks, Brittanie! I’ve heard good things about Guernsey! Excited to read it! Thanks for visitng my blog. πŸ™‚

  • 3. Sierra Michaels  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:52 am

    How do I get on your reading list πŸ™‚ I just released my first novel Intimate Encounters. It’s chick lit with a bit more depth.

    Sierra Michaels

  • 4. Denise  |  March 21, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Loved reading your list, I hope you enjoy your Spring time reading. It’s very windy today and cold so a great afternoon for starting on my list πŸ˜‰

    • 5. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, too, Denise! Excited to start reading all my books! πŸ™‚

  • 6. pixelknit  |  March 21, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Thanks for visiting me earlier. Guernsey seems to be on a lot of lists. I’ve been wanting to try out some of Jane Green. Happy reading!

    • 7. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      This is my first time to read a Jane Green. There’s this other chick lit writer that I’ve been wanting to try–Alexandra Potter. After I try Jane Green, I’ll probably try her, too.

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • 8. Jennifer @ Milk & Honey Mommy  |  March 21, 2010 at 5:16 am


    I’m adding book titles from every blog I visit because I keep seeing books that, if time, I will add to my current reading list for the challenge. I saw the title ‘American Wife’ in your list and took a brief view through the reviews. I am going to see if I can get that one and Watermelon also looks like it may be interesting.

    Enjoy your reading time.

    • 9. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      Read the first few pages of American Wife in a bookstore, made me laugh. It’s very promising. I also have a contact who thinks this is the best book of Curtis Sittenfeld. Excited to read it. Let me know how you like it when you get the chance to get a copy. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • 10. Veggiemomof2  |  March 21, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Jane Green is a wonderful author & you should have a great reading season this spring.

    • 11. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks, Veggiemomof2! πŸ™‚ Excited to start on Jane Green!

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • 12. Misty  |  March 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I loved Swapping Lives. I’ve always seen Marian Keyes around but never picked one up. I hope to hear how it was.

    • 13. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      Misty, one of my favorite chick lit novels is Marian Keyes’s Sushi for Beginners. I heard her collection of essays (I think it’s called Under the Duvet) is good, too. Excited to read Swapping Lives.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Spring reading! πŸ™‚

  • 14. Lisa notes...  |  March 21, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I enjoyed Walking with God last fall. And I’ve read the β€œMen are like Waffles”, but not the single versionβ€”I’m sure it’s equally as good. Would love to read the Malcolm Gladwell book. And I have Guernsey packed in my suitcase for a little trip I’m about to take! Have fun reading this spring.

    • 15. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

      I’ve heard good things about Walking with God. Excited to read it. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • 16. Rana  |  March 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a great list. Watermelon looks like a great read.

    Happy Reading!

    • 17. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks, Rana! Enjoy your Spring reading! πŸ™‚

  • 18. Susanne  |  March 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I really enjoyed Guernsey. Happy spring reading.

    • 19. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Susanne! Excited to get started on Guernsey! Been hearing great things about it.

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • 20. Lindsay @ Bytes of Memory  |  March 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    What a great list! I am reading the potato peel society too! Have fun reading this Spring πŸ™‚

    • 21. Ro Manalo  |  March 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks, Lindsay! I’m excited to read Guernsey! Enjoy your Spring reading! πŸ™‚

  • 22. Marybeth Whalen  |  March 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    If you like fiction and are interested in Christian books, please visit http://www.shereads.org for some great Christian fiction recommendations. These aren’t your grandmother’s Christian fiction novels!

  • 23. Amy  |  March 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Oo I just bought American Wife from a library book sale; I hope you like it! And Men are Like Waffles is on my TBR list. Loved Guernsey. Have a great spring reading!

    • 24. Ro Manalo  |  March 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      Excited about American Wife and Guernsey! Thanks for dropping by, Amy! Happy Spring reading! πŸ™‚

  • 25. Katrina @ Callapidder Days  |  March 24, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Looks like a great list! I really enjoyed the Guernsey book. And I have What the Dog Saw on my want-to-read list.

    Thanks so much for being part of SRT ’10!

    • 26. Ro Manalo  |  March 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks for hosting, Katrina! I really enjoy your reading challenges. πŸ™‚

  • 27. Laura  |  March 24, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Guernsey is next on my list if I get my 4 finished. You have some interesting picks. I’ve wanted to read a Malcolm Gladwell and the Stearns looks good too!

    Enjoy your reading!


    • 28. Ro Manalo  |  March 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks, Laura! I’ve read Outliers. Really good book. Enjoy your Spring reading! πŸ™‚

  • 29. Johanna  |  March 25, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Hey, you’ve got a lot of books for this challenge. Two of these I’ll include in my wishlist — “Single Men Are Like Waffles…” and “What the Dog Saw”. Looks interesting. πŸ˜€

    • 30. Ro Manalo  |  March 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      Excited to read my books! Enjoy your spring reading, Johanna! πŸ™‚

  • 31. maynard  |  December 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Wow great list of books about nature. This would help me as I love making articles about environmental issues we are facing right now.


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