What’s on Your Nightstand: June 2013

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’s months like these when the fourth Tuesday occurs when there are several days of the month left that tend to throw me, but thankfully I did remember. It’s been a busy month (seems like I always say that…) with two sets of company, but I did get some reading in.

Since last time I finished:

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell for Carrie’s Reading to Know Book Club for May, reviewed here.

The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond, a closer look at I Corinthians 13. It’s a very short book: I should try to read it once a month or so for a while.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. I finished listening to the audiobook but I was going through the Kindle version as well (both were on sale around the same time) to highlight some things, and have not finished that yet. Hope to get my thoughts together for a review soon.

The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson, based loosely on Beauty and the Beast, reviewed here. Liked this one very much.

The Duet by Robert Elmer, about two older people who are complete opposites in many ways but are attracted to each other, reviewed here. Not wowed by it, but it was pleasant.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, reviewed here. This was quite fun, especially the audiobook version read by Katherine Kellgren.

I’m currently reading:

Through Gates of Splendor, by Elizabeth Elliot, a missionary classic, for Carrie’s Reading to Know Book Club for June, selected by myself.

Light From Heaven by Jan Karon, last of the Mitford series, via audiobook.

The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer along with Cindy at Ordo Amoris who is hosting a read-along book club where we discuss a chapter at a time. My discussions are here.

Next up:

Invisible by Ginny Yttrup. Her first novel Words was one of my favorites of 2011, so I have have high hopes for this one.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book II: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood.

The Magician’s Nephew and The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis for Carrie‘s Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge

Possibly The Wind in the Willows for Carrie’s Reading to Know Book Club for July. I saw a video of it some time ago that I didn’t really care for, but that may not be the story’s fault. I might give it a try.

After that, I’m not sure, but I have a few books stacked on my Nightstand and scores downloaded into my Kindle app to choose from.

10 thoughts on “What’s on Your Nightstand: June 2013

  1. I have been going through my stacks trying to choose my summer reads. So many books, so little time is my issue. That and buying way too many books while still perusing the library.

  2. I should go back and read The Last Battle. I don’t think I finished it last year in the Narnia challenge. I loved the Narnian books!

  3. I’ve had Bonhoeffer on my Kindle for a couple of years now (maybe?), and I’ve even started reading it once. I just can’t muster the brainpower for a lengthy work if nonfiction like this right now (though I’m faring fairly well with Through Gates of Splendor, so maybe Bonhoeffer needs to be a bookclub selection!). I’m going to re-read a few more of your reviews. I’m feeling the need for some lighter fiction.

  4. Depending on which video you saw of The Wind in the Willows, it definitely could be tampering with your opinion of it! I think the book is QUITE rich. Very rich in vocabulary. (So much so that I don’t think I’m going to manage it as a read aloud.) But I am enjoying it for myself.

    I really loved that biography of Bonhoeffer. I’ll look forward to your thoughts on that!

  5. I really liked Words. It was a random selection at my library but I enjoyed the writing style, even though the story was rather depressing. I hope her new novel is just as good! Happy reading!

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