What’s On Your Nightstand: August 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.

It has been a busy month, but I’ve enjoyed getting some reading in.

Since last time I have finished (all links in this section are to my reviews):

The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

Not By Chance: Learning to Trust a Sovereign God by Layton Talbert. Excellent.

Roots by Alex Haley, audiobook, traces the boyhood and journey of Kunta Kinte and his descendants after he is brought to America as a slave. Gripping, fascinating, heartbreaking.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, audiobook. True story. Excellent.

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. Two former college roommates, one in America and one in China, get reacquainted and are surprised at each other’s lives. Good.

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin. A nurse and a soldier with reasons to want their identity hidden begin an anonymous correspondence and teach each other about faith, identity in Christ, openness, and forgiveness. Excellent.

Never Again Good-bye by Terri Blackstock, audiobook. A man observes a woman seeming to stalk his daughter, has her arrested, and finds out she’s the child’s biological mother. Good, though the rest of the plot is a bit unrealistic.

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. Not reviewed. Beautiful, excellent writing, but a sordid, soap-operaish plot-line and an unnecessary vulgar word that I just will not tolerate in fiction.

I’m currently reading:

The Disciplines of Grace by Jerry Bridges with Challies‘ “Reading Classics Together” group.

Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt

Rare Earth by Davis Bunn

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, audiobook, in preparation for Carrie‘s Book Club which I am hosting in October (feel free to join in!)

Next up:

The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis, due out in September.

The Discovery by Dan Walsh

Audiobooks of C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy.

Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World! by Alex Chediak, since my youngest just started college yesterday!

What’s on your nightstand? Happy reading!

17 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: August 2012

  1. I received Not by Chance and started yesterday, and I think it’s just the thing for me to read right now, so thank you!

    I’m disappointed to read your thoughts on the Morton book, though that is what I’ve come to expect from modern fiction. I had high hopes for her, though. I’ve learned lately that when I read and review a book by a modern author that my review is so mixed and full of caveats that I can hardly even write it.

  2. Uh oh … I’m getting a Kate Morton book to review (hasn’t arrived yet) — now I’m nervous, based on your thoughts. I wouldn’t enjoy what you’ve described, either. One of these days I will get around to “Unbroken.” And I just must read UTCabin too – one of those classics we all “know of,” but few (including me) have read. I read an Amish series by Lewis years ago; will look forward to your thoughts on this one.

  3. I am reading “The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas”, a WWII Story. I can’t remember the last time I read fiction for pleasure (vs. because we had to for homeschooling reasons. ) Also, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Paul Tripp. SO good!!

  4. I’ve got your blog pulled up and sitting in my browser so I can play catch up here today (I hope). I knew college was about to begin and I’m sure you’ve been sharing about this experience and I’m looking forward to hearing about what all you and your family has been up to!

    In the meantime, NIGHTSTAND! So glad you liked Unbroken. And I’m looking forward to Uncle Tom’s Cabin!

  5. You have quite a varied reading list! I recently finished Uncle Tom’s Cabin and it certainly stays with you. Tom is such an interesting character. Love everything by C. S. Lewis – his space trilogy is interesting.

  6. as a child I watched Roots and I remember it made me feel very sad. Never Again Good-bye would only add to my anxiety over my own adopted children… I am on board for Uncle Tom’s Cabin in October! Can’t wait to get this one it, I’ve had it for a long time.

  7. Great line-up! I commented separately on your “A Horse and His Boy” review because that one deserved it’s own comment. 🙂 I read Safely Home several years ago and enjoyed it, especially since I lived in China a year. I think it would be interesting to read it alongside his book about Heaven, since he includes a lot of heaven theology in Safely Home. I think I might have to check out that Layton Talbert book!

  8. I read your review on Sarah Sundin’s book and have put it on hold at the library.

    I need to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin since my son is going to start it next week for his literature selection. As his mama/teacher I should know what he is talking about!

  9. This is what happens when your life is busy? I’m impressed! 🙂 🙂

    Unbroken is on my to-read list but I can’t get it from the library. Too many holds! I see several others here that I need to check out as well. Happy reading!

    • I didn’t even realize Here Burns My Candle was a more modern take on a Biblical story until after I reviewed it. Then I started reading some of the other reviews and was surprised to find that out. Maybe I’ll try again sometime.

      Thanks for that recommendation on Job! I’ll definitely look the book up. I think Job requires reading alongside a commentary or multiple rereads. I just finished reading it and enjoyed it but had a hard time understanding why Job wasn’t chastened for his comments about God. He didn’t blame God exactly, but still had a ton of questions. I think I just need to study it more.


  10. I’m still impressed that you listened to “Roots”. Maybe one day I’ll do that too. “Unbroken” was one of my favorites. I especially loved the ending; it caught me off guard.

    I’ve never read Lewis’s Space Trilogy books. I’ll look forward to what you’ll have to say about them.

  11. I just finally (today) read some of these reviews of yours that have been sitting in my reader for a while now. I’m definitely going to have to look up With Every Letter–and you’ve got me curious about Roots (which I don’t think I’d every truly considered reading, mostly because I’m a wimp and it doesn’t sound like a wimpy book.)

  12. Oh my goodness, seeing Roots in your list brings back memories. I read that in 8th grade social studies class. There were only three of us (small Christian school), so we were each responsible for 40 of the 120 chapters. Of course, I read the whole thing and was completely blown away!

  13. I don’t think that I’ve read the House at Riverton, but I’ve read 2 other Kate Morton books. I agree that her writing is beautiful. Anytime I begin to think she’s being long-winded, I get hit with a beautiful phrase or image. And The Distant Hours had a random soap opera twist at the end that I think was just stupid and inappropriate.

  14. Unbroken is on my list of must-read this year…My library has it on audio, but I think it will be worthwhile to actually read it…so just waiting for the time!

    That seems like a nice variety!

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