What’s On Your Nightstand: November

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.

Thankfully I remembered that this meme occurs the fourth Tuesday rather than the last Tuesday of the month.

Here is what I read since last time:

Start Somewhere: Losing What’s Weighing You Down from the Inside Out by Calvin Nowell and Gayla Zoz, not reviewed. I wasn’t familiar with Nowell or his music before this book, but I got it because I saw it on someone’s blog and the title attracted me. It is his testimonial of losing 215 lbs — not so much the how to’s, though he includes some sample menu plans and workout schedules, but the inspiration that guided him along the way.

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs, reviewed here, drawn somewhat from the storyline of Naomi and Ruth, set in 18th century Scotland.

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, a Hercule Poirot mystery, not reviewed yet: I want to review it with the other Christie novel I am currently reading.

Wow, that’s not very many! Probably because I have more than my usual couple of works in progress. I am currently reading:

A Murder Is Announced, a Miss Marple mystery, by Agatha Christie.

In the Company of Others, a Father Tim novel by Jan Karon.

50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning From Spiritual Giants of the Faith by Warren Wiersbe.

A Novel Idea: Everything You Need to Know about Writing Inspirational Fiction.

If I finish all of those except A Novel Idea, I will have completed by fall reading goals — I think maybe the first time ever I have read everything I planned to. I usually jostle the stack of books before it’s over and add or subtract what I original planned for. A Novel Idea was one not originally on my list, and it is one I might just dip into here and there rather than reading straight through.

Finishing the above will be a priority, but waiting in the wings is  A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin, second in the Wings of Glory WWI series. Plus I so enjoyed reading Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas, several essays on various aspects of Christmas from Martin Luther, Spurgeon, Martin Lloyd-Jones, John Piper, and others, compiled by Nancy Guthrie, that I am thinking of reading it again. But in looking through the Christmas books I separated out when setting up my bookshelves when we moved here, I came across a few other Christmas books: 25 Ways, 26 Days to Make This Your Best Christmas Ever by Ace Collins, Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace by James Calvin Schaap, and The Best of Christmas in My Heart by Joe Wheeler. So I will probably decide between one or more of those before the end of this month.

9 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: November

  1. I only read three books this month too. That’s good that you have so many waiting in the wings… It makes me more productive if I know what’s coming next!

  2. My reading is definitely slowing down what with the holidays and all. Not sure how I’ll finish up the year but I’m spending a great deal of time with Christmas books these days.

    First time I’ve NOT participated in a Nightstand and this feels WEIRD. Still, it’s fun to poke around and see what others are reading!

  3. So does this mean you’re considering writing an inspirational novel? Or are you just one of those people who likes to read about how to do all sorts of things that they’re not actually seriously considering doing? (Not that I would ever read a book that I didn’t intend to immediately put into action–hah!)

    • It’s something I’ve thought about. Most of my writing tends to be straightforward non-fiction: I’m not used to telling a story, and this gives a lot of insight into characters, plot, etc. I don’t know if it is something the Lord would ever have me do, but I am feeding the interest right now, and we’ll see what happens. 🙂

  4. You read like I do…several things at once. Congrats on being so close to completing your Fall into Reading goals this early in the season! I have one book on my list that I was going to get from my public library, but now it’s out of their system, so oops. And it wasn’t worth buying, so I won’t complete my original goals as planned.

    Looks like you’ve got some great Christmas choices to decide on.

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