What’s On Your Nighstand?

What's On Your Nightstand
The folks at 5 Minutes For Books host What’s On Your Nightstand? the last Tuesday of each month in which we can share about the books we have been reading and plan to read. You can learn more about it by clicking the link or the button.

I just finished To Kill a Mockingbird and published a review this morning before seeing this carnival. Over the past few years I have been making my way through some classics I had missed. There was no particular reason for choosing this one at this time — it was just on my mental list of classics to explore.

This month I also read It Happens Every Spring, coauthored by Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer, the first of a series, in order to illustrate through fiction some of Chapman’s teachings about dealing with seasons of marriage. I didn’t realize that most of the series had already been published — I had thought this was a brand new book. So I will definitely be looking for the next ones. I picked it up because I had read and enjoyed many of Catherine Palmer’s other books. She’s quite a prolific author and covers a great variety of settings, but for some reason she’s not an author you hear about as much as some others. My review of this book is here.

I am currently rereading Simple Gifts by Lori Copeland, about a woman from a quite unconventional family — raised by two elderly aunts since her parents were both mentally challenged — who, in trying to get away makes some serious mistakes. Though the main character has many serious issues to face, the book is quite funny. I volunteered to review it for another site, but I am ashamed to say I just didn’t get around to it after reading the book, so I am rereading it to refresh my memory. It was my first reading experience with Lori, and I enjoyed it a lot — and am enjoying it again.

Waiting for me are two other books, Thread of Deceit by Catherine Palmer and Home to Hart’s Crossing by Robin Lee Hatcher, that I bought at the same time as It Happens Every Spring. I have also been wanting to reread To the Golden Shore by Courtney Anderson about the life of America’s first missionary, Adoniram Judson. It is one of my missions in life to encourage people to read missionary biographies old and new. I can’t adequately express what God has done in my heart through such books. Due out this month are two anticipated sequels, The Longing, from The Courtship of Nellie Fisher series by Beverly Lewis, and Sunset by Karen Kingsbury, I believe the last in the long series of series about the Baxter family. I am not sure which classic I will explore next: I have been wanting to reread Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, so I may do that.

It’s looking to be a great reading month!

To join in or see what is on other people’s nightstands, go here.

11 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nighstand?

  1. Enjoy your reading, Barbara! I have Les Miserables in my TBR pile and still haven’t got the courage to get started…

    I’ll go check out your TKAMB review now. 🙂

  2. I read quite a few classics as a teenager – and loved them. I have read several more over the years… and they ARE classics for a reason! A few years ago I went through a “spell” of reading classics – like you’re doing now. That was when I did read To Kill A Mockingbird. It was also the first time I read LITTLE WOMEN – if you can believe that!!! And Jane Eyre! There was a bunch of them! There is one I read as a teen that I want to re-read now — and I don’t re-read too many books — but I do want to re-read Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. That book touched me like no other! And then one that I have never read (nor seen the movie for) that I would like to read is Pride and Prejudice.

  3. Abram’s Daughters series by Beverly Lewis was one of my favorite things, along with most of Kingsbury’s stuff! I read Les Mis a long time ago and count it as one of my favs…might be time for me to read it again!

  4. Currently on my nightstand is “Home to Holly Springs” by Jan Karon. I received it as a gift and hope to start it soon.

    I loved “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog recently. It really touched my heart and meant so much.

  5. I always love your picks so it’s fun to get an idea of what you are into. I’m planning on reading To Kill a Mockingbird this fall (haven’t read it yet).

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Barbara, thanks for stopping by! To Kill a Mockingbird is my daughter’s all time favorite book. It looks like we share some of the same favorite authors, Catherine Palmer is one of mine. I also enjoy Lori Copeland and Karen Kingsbury.

    Right now my night stand is a mish mash ~ the Bible, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, Spa for the Soul by Lucinda Seacrest McDowell, a book on the craft of writing, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Porcupine People by Lee Ezell, Words of Women by Janet Bukovinsky Teacher about women authors, How to Write Attention Grabbing Query & Cover Letters by John Wood, and lastly two magazines, MaryJanesFarm and the current issue of Bliss Victoria!

    I like to read bits of books all at the same time, do you do that too?

  7. I’m looking forward to reading Sunset by Kingsbury as well. Although I will be sad as we will have to say goodbye to the Baxters! I just started reading The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis. I’m loving her books so far!

    Thanks for sharing! 😀

  8. I too have been working my way through the classics I “missed (never read as a kid).” I am loving my journey through them. I am going to check out your review of To Kill a Mockingbird.

  9. I read the entire series by Palmer and Chapman, and I have to say I enjoyed the first two books the best. The last one was my least favorite, but I read it because I had to finish the series. It goes against my grain not to finish a series unless it’s just absolutely awful.

    One of my daughters has almost all of the Heroes of the Faith missionary books. Sundar Singh is her absolute favorite! I keep planning to read some of them and haven’t. You’ve convinced me to put one on my nightstand soon.

    ~ Kayren

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