Tanara McCauley

Culturally Imagined Stories

Seven Books in Seven Weeks


I’m constantly reading. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I’ll find a book impossible to put down and conquer it in a day. Other times I’ll find one that’s good but I can put it down, so with the day-to-day of family and other responsibilities it’ll take me a little longer to get through it.

And last, but most unfortunately, every now and then I’ll come across one that’s terrible. But because I’m nosy and have a hard time not finishing what I start, I’ll carry it around like a shackle on my leg until I’ve finally dragged myself to the end. Though I always tell myself, “I just have to know if there’s a point, a redeeming quality, anything to make me feel like I didn’t waste my time,” I usually get to the end and say, “Why on earth did I waste my time with that?”

Anyway, I’m in the mood for a reading marathon. Seven books in seven weeks. Just the thought of it has me excited.

What’s this mean for you? Two or three things:

  1. If you have a book you think I should read (and not one of the terrible kind just to make me suffer), post your recommendations and I’ll consider it if I haven’t already read it. 
  2. With each book I’ll post a review. That way if you haven’t read it yet I can provide some insight as to whether or not it’s worth your time.
  3. This one is optional but I’ll be ecstatic if you do it…you can join me! They don’t have to be the same seven books, just the same volume and timeline.

I’m eager to start so put in your recommendations. With your help I hope to compile a list and get the first leg of this race started by next weekend :-).

Update: Click here for the Seven Books in Seven Weeks List.

And if you’re one of the brave souls committed to joining me in this marathon, say so in the comments so we can make this journey together.

God bless and happy reading!

17 responses to “Seven Books in Seven Weeks”

  1. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (I’m on book 11 of this series)
    Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (just read it but it may be too long for this purpose – 493 pages)
    Can’t wait to see your reviews!!!!!


    • Oooh I haven’t read either so I’ll have to check them out. Length is not a problem if it’s good. It could be 1,000 pages and I’ll mourn it when it’s over if it’s good enough. Thanks for the recommendations Kendra!


      • I’m in between. I read pretty fast but if I particularly like a scene I’ll rest on it for a while (read it, refresh my coffee, read it again, run through it mentally, and on and on). I love reading!


  2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. An old one but great suspense! Lori Milner said it started slow in her opinion but she kept reading it because Carissa and I so highly recommended it and she was not disappointed. I cannot find a kindle version on Amazon but I am pretty sure C has a copy.


    • Carissa lent me that one and I read it a while ago. Loved the story but was so mad at the abrupt end. I think I even snubbed Carissa a day or two afterward for not giving me sufficient warning :-).


      • I liked the ending.
        Have you read Francine River’s Mark of the Lion series? It is about Christians taken as slaves for Romans after the fall of Jerusalem. That series turned Lori Milner into a reader.
        I thoroughly enjoyed the Zion Chronicles by Brock and Bode Thoene. It forever changed the way I look at events in modern Israel.


      • Loved, loved, loved Mark of the Lion series. Francine Rivers has an amazing talent. I haven’t heard of the Zion Chronicles so I’ll have to google it and maybe add book one to the list. Thanks for the recommendation!


    • I know what you mean. I had to make myself make time with this series :-). At least this way I can weed through them for you so you’ll know which ones are worth it when you have some reading time to spare :-).


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