What’s On Your Nightstand: March 2012

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 have completed since last time:

Saving Graces: the Inspirational Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by Stephen Hines, reviewed here.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, reviewed here. I think I am one of the last on the planet to read it, but I am very glad I did. Excellent.

His Ways, Your Walk, an as-yet unpublished book by my friend. Lou Ann Keiser, missionary in Spain. This was the first time I was honored to be asked to read someone’s manuscript. It’s mainly teaching from the few Scripture verses with direct instruction to women. I look forward to letting you know when it’s published!

Intervention by Terri Blackstock (audiobook). This and the next one are the first and last in the Invention series about a daughter’s drug addiction. Very good.

Downfall by Terri Blackstock (Kindle app).

The Big 5-Oh! by Sandra Bricker. Light, fun reading. Good.

The last three weren’t fully reviewed, but I bunched them up with a short review of each here.

Last time I had finished a couple of books but hadn’t reviewed them as of the Nightstand post. Those are The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure, reviewed here and Practical Happiness: A Young Man’s Guide to a Contented Life by Bob Schultz, with my youngest son, Jesse, not fully reviewed but discussed briefly here.

I am currently reading/listening to:

Everyday Battles: Knowing God Through Our Daily Conflicts by Bob Schultz, with my youngest son.

In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer about three friends from the same orphanage awarded a scholarship to college just before WWI, the different routes they go, temptations they face, etc.

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, classic medieval knight’s tale (maybe the forerunner? I’m not sure — will have to check that out.) Was surprised to find Robin Hood making an appearance here. Evidently, from what I’ve read, though he was a subject of much folklore, but our modern conception of him began as he was depicted in Ivanhoe. I’m listening to this as an audiobook, and it was hard to keep my attention on it at first (a lot of description and background I’d have gleaned more from by reading), but now it is keeping me listening closely.

Next up:

It’s hard to choose which book from my spring reading plan list to read next, but I am leaning toward:

Infinitely More by Alex Krutov, nonfiction about an abandoned orphan in Russia whom God brought to Himself.

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman.

Loving by Karen Kingsbury, the last of the Bailey Flanigan series.

What’s on your nightstand?

Happy reading!

10 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: March 2012

  1. I just started Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl and, from what I’ve read so far, I think it’s going to be good.

    I’m rather impressed that you’re reading Ivanhoe–I feel like all my reading is light these days. But I suppose some seasons are just like that. Sigh.

  2. I thought I was the last to read Mysterious Benedict. Guess not. ha. I may be the last to read The Hunger Games?

    His Ways, Your Walk sounds interesting. I had lunch with a friend yesterday who has such a heart for missions and is making plans for her next trip. Inspiring.

    Since I’ll turn the big 5-Oh this year, maybe I should prepare myself with that one.

    I’ll be interested to see your comments on Grace for the Good Girl. I want to read that one but haven’t yet.

  3. I really like Terri Blackstock and didn’t realize the 3rd book in the series was out – that is definitely going on my TBR list! I am also another Laura Ingalls fan and enjoyed McClure’s book a lot. 🙂

    Trish, 5 Minutes for Books

  4. I have enjoyed each Bob Schultz book so now I will have to put this one on my list! Thanks for sharing it. I am in need of a good audio book. Our library is limited so I will have to request a specific title. i am also feeling the need for some “light” reading. Everything I have been reading I hope glean something from it. A lot to take in…Thanks Barbara! Enjoyed my visit!

  5. You definitely aren’t the last one to read The Mysterious Benedict Society! I just read it last month.

    Infinitely More sounds really promising. I hope it’s a great read!

    Happy reading!

  6. I listened to Ivanhoe last year and loved it, but it is very slow going in the beginning. My son is reading through Bob Schultz books. I guess I’ll have to pre-read Practical Happiness and check it out first.

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