What’s On Your Nightstand: August

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

August was a busy month, but a long road trip provided a lot of good reading time.

I finished:

Sometimes a Light Surprises by Jamie Langston Turner and reviewed it here.

To The Golden Shore by Courtney Anderson and reviewed it here.

Above the Line: Take Two by Karen Kingsbury, the second in the Above the Line series about two Christian filmakers trying to make films of Hollywood quality in technicality yet contain life-changing values. The daughter of one is pushing her boundaries much farther from the faith she was raised in, and some of the scenes, though not explicit, might need to be preread and discussed before letting daughters read it. I can appreciate the fine line Karen is trying to walk between not showing too much yet needing to show the consequences of compromises and poor decisions.

An Unexpected Love by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller, second in the Broadmoor Legacy series about three cousins from a wealthy family in the 19th century. This one focuses on Sophie, wose mother passed away years earlier and whose father, in his grief, has thrown himself into charity work in neglect of his daughter. She in turn becomes flirtatious and seeks attention in the wrong ways. Very good book though maybe a little predictable.

Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes by Robin Jones Gunn. An abnormal medical test sends Summer into a need to escape for a while. So she goes to visit her long-time pen pal in Holland, Noelle. Loved this book and the glimpses of Holland as well as the interaction between the two friends.

Currently reading:

How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser about the relationship between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. I was always fascinated by what little I knew of their story  — how does a reclusive near-invalid with an authoritarian father who insists none of his children marry ever find love? I have to admit I am not yet enjoying the book as much as I thought I would, but I am only about a third of the way through, so hopefully that will change before long.

Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson. Just barely started but I am drawn in already.

Next in the queue:

Fatal Illusion by Adam Blumer which I agreed to read and review for a blog tour.

A Surrendered Heart by Tracy Peterson and Judith Miller, third in the Broadmoor Legacy series.

Still haven’t gotten to How To Read Slowly by James W. Sire but hope to before reading any other non-fiction.

And if I complete those — I have a stack comprised of some new additions from my birthday as well as some I purchased on a clearance table back in January as well as a few others purchased here and there.

14 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: August

  1. Wow – you read a lot! Enjoyed your list, and I, too, am intrigued by How do I Love Thee … let us know if it improves!

  2. I have also been interested in “How Do I Love Thee?” and the book you include here that takes place in Holland sounds unique– can’t say that I’ve read anything (recently? EVER?) that’s set there! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with us!

  3. You’ve got quite a few on your list that is capturing my attention. But I have promised myself I will not get any new books until I work through my huge basket of unread books I have in the closet.

  4. I read “How Do I Love Thee” for book club last year.
    I was glad I did though I probably wouldn’t have otherwise because I wouldn’t have known about it.

    I’ve read several of the Sisterchicks books as well.

    It is always interesting to see what you’re reading.
    Mama Bear

  5. I finished Above The Line – Take One, and Take Two is sitting beside me here. But I’m currently reading The Hole In Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns – president of World Vision. It’s very good! What HE calls a hole in our GOSPEL though, I call a hole in our HEADS! LOL! There’s no hole in the gospel! Mostly it’s just a biography about how God has worked in his life to get him to the place he is – so far! I’m only about a third way through… Of course, AS president of World Vision, he would like everyone to see his plight – and take action… but God gives us all different gifts and different missions… we can’t ALL be called to do what he does… or what World Vision does. But a LOT of us could do more than we do… and he might open some eyes! At any rate, the book is very entertaining and down to earth in the way he speaks. I’m enjoying it!

  6. Looks like a great list. I so wish I could read in the car…we just took a road trip with 7 hours there and 7 hours back. Think of all I could have read! lol. Happy reading. 🙂

  7. Wow, Barbara – you eyes have been busy! 🙂

    I just finished “The Invisible Wall” by Harry Bernstein. It is not a Christian book, but a memoir written by a 96 year old Jewish man about his life growing up in an English ghetto prior to WWI. I was fascinated by his life story, but not necessarily agreed with the message put forth by his story. Read purely as a memoir, it was very captivating.

  8. Hi Barbara, after your mention of the book HOW TO READ SLOWLY, I managed to get a copy of the same from Christianbook.com for US$2.50 (if I remembered correctly). Thanks for highlighting the book!

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