What’s On Your Nightstand: May

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.

I almost missed the Nightstand post completely this month — the months with five Tuesdays throw me off. Plus my youngest son graduated Monday (more on that tomorrow!), my oldest flew in for a long weekend, we’ve been doing lots of family things, and I haven’t been on the computer much at all for the last few days.

But thankfully I saw someone mention it on Facebook, so I’m late to the party, but I’m here!

Since last month I’ve completed:

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (audiobook), reviewed here. Enjoyed this very much.

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis, not reviewed yet, but enjoyed. A classically trained violinist who loves to “fiddle” when she can, unbeknownst to her family and friends, breaks down when traveling during a storm outside a cabin of a young Amish man who is planning to leave the Amish and “go English.” They are kind of on parallel tracks, though in different circumstances, wrestling with the expectations of those they love versus their own desires.

Psmith in the City by P. D. Wodehouse for Carrie’s book club in April, reviewed here.

I am currently reading/listening to:

It Is Not Death to Die: A New Biography of Hudson Taylor by Jim Cromarty. I didn’t realize it was quite so long (480+ pages) when I ordered it, and I’m only about halfway through.

Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey, about Swiss OSS agents trying to keep the famous painting from German hands.

When Christ Was Here: a Woman’s Bible Study by Claudia Barba. Wonderful so far.

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (audiobook). Loving it so far.

Up next: These are carried over from my “Up next” section from last month’s Nightstand. 🙂

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

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin.

Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young.

Happy Reading!

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

  1. I read about the Taylor biography on your blog and have ordered it – will read it when the school year is finished. And the title reminded us of the song of the same name, so we had a friend sing the song at Mike’s sister’s funeral on Sunday. We’ll have to compare notes after reading it.

  2. The Fiddler sounds nice, and I did enjoy Chasing Mona Lisa. We are just finishing up The 5 Dreams of Every Woman at my church book study, which was really good.

    Glad you were able to join in, despite that pesky extra Tuesday!

    Trish @ 5MFB

  3. Congratulations to your son on his graduation (and to you on getting your baby through school!)

    I wore myself out on Amish fiction when I read all of Wanda Brunstetter’s books back to back a few years back–but I may be ready to jump back into them–The Fiddler sounds really interesting.

    I always appreciate seeing the biographies you’re reviewing and the stories of God’s work around the world. I don’t read anywhere near enough of those–but your reviews of the ones you’re reading always encourage me.

  4. I have added North and South to my reading list. I remember it being a mini series back in the 80’s but I would love to read it.. I have looked at books by Hal and Melanie Young and they look like they wold be pretty goo.

  5. I’m watching North and South (for the first time) during spare time. Wives and Daughters is next. I figured I’d just watch the movies since it doesn’t look like i’ll be reading them any time soon, as much as I want to.

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on “Chasing Mona Lisa”. I’ve had my eye on that series.

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