What’s On Your Nightstand: December 2014

 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’m so glad the 5MFB folks decided to put this month’s Nightstand post on the last Tuesday rather than the fourth Tuesday of December, which, this year, would have been two days before Christmas. There is much less pressure and more time to enjoy it this week. In fact…I would love it if it were the last Tuesday of every month, or the last day of the month. 🙂

December is traditionally a busy month, but I was able to get some good reading and listening in.

Since last time I have completed:

The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis, reviewed here.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowrey for Carrie’s  Reading to Know Classics Book Club for November, reviewed here.

The Gift of the Magi and Other Christmas Stories by O. Henry, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Henry van Dyke, and Leo Tolstoy, reviewed here.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, audiobook, reviewed here.

To Kill a Mockingbird for Carrie’s  Reading to Know Classics Book Club for December, mostly audiobook, reviewed here.

Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker, reviewed here.

The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens, audiobook, reviewed here.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, audiobook. I didn’t review it this year, but my thoughts on it from a couple of years ago are here.

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas, essays compiled by Nancy Guthrie. I have read this several times and referred to it here before, but I have never reviewed it. I hope to soon.

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, audiobook, just finished yesterday afternoon.

That may look like a lot, but many were audiobooks and a few of them were very short.

I didn’t read the Christmas books I had planned to, but then I did read some I hadn’t planned on. I do like to read something Christmasy this month, so I am glad I got a few titles in.

I’m currently reading:

The Pound a Day Diet by Rocco DiSpirito. This one got laid aside, literally. I am not even sure where it is. But I am about 2/3 of the way through it and plan to finish it.

Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Cara Putnam, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer.

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room:Daily Family Devotions for Advent by Nancy Guthrie

I haven’t mentioned them every month, but I’ve been reading daily devotionals Daily Light on the Daily Path and Traveling Toward Sunrise this year and will have those finished tomorrow.

Next up:

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

To See the Moon Again by Jamie Langston Turner

Carrie hosts a Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge in January, so I will be reading something of hers. I’ve read all the Anne books multiple times, so I’ll probably continue in the Emily series I started last year.

Other than that I haven’t decided. I am still pondering whether to participate in any reading challenges this year or just map out my own plan, but I do have some things I want to tackle this year. In audiobooks, I want to finish the Sherlock Holmes series, and I’m thinking I’d like to try War and Peace.

I also compiled a list of the books I’ve read this year and then my top ten favorite books of the year.

For those who like to plan ahead, I will be sponsoring the Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge again in February, where participants read anything by or about Laura. I don’t know how many years I’ll do this, but I’m definitely planning on it this year.

Happy Reading!


6 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: December 2014

  1. I just finished To see the Moon Again and enjoyed it. I’m thinking of heading to Costco to get the Anne of Green Gable series today. I’ve only read the first so want to delve into that this coming year.

  2. I like that you read Christmas books in December. I used to do that more than I do now (not counting Advent devotionals–I still read those), and I remember I always enjoyed it. Maybe next year I’ll return to that.

    I’m still mulling over my 2015 list and challenges too. I got a preliminary list ready, but I’ve already blown it with new library books. ha. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  3. Looks like a great month. I am doing good to get two books done each month. I wanted to read Mongtomery in January but I want to continue on in Mitford… 🙂
    So I will finish that series and go back to Anne… Hope you have a very happy New Year!

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