What’s On Your Nightstand: December

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.

Here is what I finished since last time:

Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz, read with my son, reviewed here. Pretty good resource.

The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life by Allen Rucker, reviewed here.

While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin, reviewed here. One of my favorites of the fall.

One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson, not reviewed. Natalie fails to come help her mother take down Christmas decorations, her mother has a stroke, Natalie blames herself and distances herself from her husband and daughter…not a light, pleasant, frothy Christmas read. I liked where it ended up, but it was a little too depressing and annoying with the couple fighting.

The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson, not reviewed. An unconventional,even  weird stranger comes to town, opens a strange shop on the main street, putting the town in an uproar, until individual townspeople begin to visit the shop. I’ve liked others of Melody’s books, and I thought this was well-written (especially liked how the first line of the last chapter echoed the first line of the first chapter), and I liked the characters and underlying theme. But I just didn’t really care for the story or the premise of the “magical” store.

Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan series by Karen Kingsbury, not reviewed. I was thinking as I started that the story between Bailey and Cody had kind of dragged out long enough, but I did enjoy this story, and it doesn’t look like the series will end up where originally thought with the next book,  but then one never knows!

The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly. Just finished this yesterday.  After the loss of her husband and infant son, Leah has no resources and no place to go with her young daughter except to accept the invitation of her husband’s aunt to live in her boardinghouse. She’s angry at God and fearful of many things, yet begins to find healing.

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes, my very first completed book on an e-reader! Also just finished this yesterday. A woman who is dying of cancer brings her five-year-old daughter home to try to discern who should raise her. I may review these last two more fully later in the week if possible.

I’m currently reading:

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie, reading with Jesse.

Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher. Just started this yesterday.

Coming up next:

I’m totally not sure yet…My head is still spinning from celebrating Christmas in four stages and having everyone home for a while. Jim and Jesse are both off for the rest of the week, and I’m not sure what we’ll be doing after Jeremy leaves. I do have several books stacked up but haven’t decided what to read yet except for a couple of books for Carrie‘s Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge in January.

I’m working on a list of books read this year and favorite books of the year to post later this week.

13 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: December

  1. Reading your review of Carlson’s Christmas Shoppe reminds me of how ambivalent I am towards “magical” stories. I like fantasy–so it’s not that. But somehow the “heartwarming” magical stories are just…different, and in a way that I’m not sure I like.

    I’m excited for the Lucy Maud Challenge, and after that the Laura Ingalls Wilder one–it’ll be a fun start to the year!

  2. I’ve read a few books on the small Sony e-Reader that I have, but I think I still prefer traditional books… but I haven’t used a Nook or Kindle before, so maybe my mind would be changed? 🙂

    Happy reading in 2012-
    -Dawn, 5M4B

  3. You are a character! So do you buy, or borrow books? It is a nice rainy day here and I think I may read some short story mysteries I have on my kindle. My brain is to tired today for theology, I think!

  4. Looks like you got a lot of interesting reads in. I read more fiction this month with Jenna. Nothing life-changing but we enjoyed the time together and the good stories.

    I have a few books I want to finish from my list, then the next book I want to get and read is Lit!. I keep hearing such good things about it.

    Enjoy the week off with your men. Jeff is home this week too so we’re all just taking it easy.

  5. Wow! You have read a lot of books! I recently purchased Created For Work. I hope to pass it to my teenage son when I finish it. Maybe spark some conversation.

  6. Interesting assortment there! I clicked over to Amazon to look at “Best Seat In The House,” and wow, does that look like a fascinating book!

    Also, congrats on getting an e-reader! I love mine so much that I got one for each of my three oldest kids for Christmas, and it has really revived a love of reading in this house!

    I found your blog through the What’s On Your Nightstand meme — nice to meet you!

  7. Congratulations on your first e-reader book! 🙂 I’m also participating in the L.M. Montgomery challenge, I’ve read almost all of the Anne books and hope to finish up the last one next month.


  8. The Austin book sounds good, as well as a few of the others you mentioned.

    I have read a couple of e-books on my itouch and am still not sure I really like it I think it might be different on a Kindle or something like that – hope you enjoy your e-reader!

    Trish, 5MFB

  9. You read a lot of books this last month! And congrats on getting an e-reader. I bought one recently and although I still prefer paper books I like not to have to carry thick books.

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