What’s On Your Nightstand: February

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.

For such a short month, February has been an awfully full one! But then the fourth Tuesday of last month left us with a full week of January, so I guess we did get an extra reading week in there.

Here’s what I completed reading since the last Nightstand post:

Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery, reviewed here.

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery, reviewed here.

Vicious Cycle by Terri Blackstock  (audiobook), reviewed here.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audiobook), reviewed here.

I Remember Laura [Ingalls Wilder] by Stephen W. Hines, reviewed here.

Little House in the Ozarks: the Rediscovered Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder, compiled and edited by Stephen Hines, a collection of newspaper columns and magazine articles she wrote before starting the Little House books, reviewed here.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, reviewed here.

Little House on the Prairie is by Laura Ingalls Wilder, reviewed here.

Laura’s Album: A Remembrance Scrapbook of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson, no reviewed.

Practical Happiness: A Young Man’s Guide to a Contented Life by Bob Schultz, with my youngest son, Jesse, not reviewed yet.

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure, just finished, hope to review in the next day or so. Review is up here.

I also listened to Silas Marner, but it wasn’t an audiobook as I had thought: it was an 111 minute production/adaptation. But it was very good! I will have to read the book some day.

Since I’ve been exploring audiobooks the past month or two, I wrote some thoughts on audiobooks, but basically I do prefer a real physical book in my hands for several reasons, yet audiobooks have been wonderful for driving time and other times when my hands are busy but my mind is free.

I am currently reading:

Saving Graces: the Inspirational Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by Stephen Hines. I was disappointed that these are just columns from his previous book, but I guess for anyone who just wants an overview of this aspect of her life, it is nice to have them all in one place.

Intervention by Terri Blackstock (audiobook).

I’m not sure what’s next. I’ve been pushing hard to get books completed for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge, which ends Wednesday, so I haven’t thought much about what to read beyond that. But I have The Big 5-Oh! by Sandra Bricker on my nightstand, and it looks like good. I’ve enjoyed Carrie‘s LMM and my LIW reading challenges immensely, but it will be nice to get back to modern times and a little more free-form reading this month.

12 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: February

  1. Oh, these look good- I so enjoy reading about the lives of others especially in diary form as well as inspirational! Visiting from the Nightsatnd link up. Thanks , will read some reviews after my walk on the beach this morning, have a great month of reading!

  2. I’ve got to look and see if that Laura’s Album book is the same one I brought home from the library to read with my Laura loving girls. I believe that according to Wendy McClure, Anderson is the young man who started writing about Laura when he was a school boy, right?

  3. Great list – I read anohther book from the Anne series this month also. I liked your thoughts on audio books, I haven’t listened to many (mostly because there aren’t many moments where it would be handy for me) but I have enjoyed some of the ones I’ve listened to.

  4. I had no idea there were so many LEW books! I would love to visit her Ozark home! I am not too far from it but life just keeps us so busy. In fact, my reading has suffered greatly in February. Thanks for all these wonderful titles! I will keep them in mind!

  5. That’s a lot of books! Glad you enjoyed them though. It’s good to push through sometimes, and then get to fall back into more free-form reading. Makes you appreciate both styles.

  6. I laughed about getting back to modern times, because I was thinking about your recent reads all set in the “olden days.” That’s a lot of LEW to read in a month. 🙂

  7. Free-form reading! I like that. ;D

    You DID read a lot of LIW this past month! And you’ve shared a lot about her that I didn’t know which has been fun to read.

    Can’t wait to see what you decide to read. (Of course, I’m rooting for you to pick up The Mysterious Benedict Society.)

  8. You’ve been quite busy reading this month….Isn’t this a fun blog hop? I’ve noted at least 3 books that I would like to read and haven’t even visited everyone.
    Mama Bear

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