What’s On Your Nightstand: May 2015

 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 know the months seem to fly by, but this one just zoomed somehow. But I was able to get in some good reading:

Since last time I have completed:

The Monday Morning Club: You’re Not Alone — Encouragement For Women in Ministry by Claudia Barba, reviewed here. Very helpful.

Feeding Your Appetites: Taking Control of What’s Controlling You by Stephen Arterburn, reviewed here. Good.

His Last Bow: Some Later Reminiscences of Sherlock HolmesThe Valley of Fear, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, audiobooks, reviewed here, here, and here respectively, which finishes off the good detective’s stories. I think my favorite was The Valley of Fear. I enjoyed getting to know the original Holmes.

Taken, the latest by Dee Henderson, reviewed here. Christian fiction, a kidnap victim’s story from the time she escapes and seeks out a private detective in order to capture the ones responsible for taking her as well as others. Very good.

Gentle Savage Still Seeking the End of the Spear: The Autobiography of a Killer and the Oral History of the Waorani by Menkaye Aenkaedi with Kemo and Dyowe, reviewed here. The authors are Waorani, formerly known as Aucas, who speared to death Jim Elliot and four other missionaries who had tried to make contact to share the gospel, telling their story, what’s happened to their tribe since then, and proposing some excellent ways for the tribe to move ahead in the future.

I’m currently reading:

Walking With God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa B. Kruger

Christy by Catherine Marshall for Carrie‘s Reading to Know Classics Book Club for May. Almost done – should have a review up later this week.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 5: The Unmapped Sea by Maryrose Wood, audiobook. A new little Ashton is on the way! Will he or she have the same…issues as its father?

Growing Up Amish: A Memoir by Ira Wagler, nonfiction. Just started this and am thoroughly drawn in.

Next Up:

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for Carrie‘s Reading to Know Classics Book Club for June.

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

I’m coming along well with my reading plans for the year: I’ve read 5 out of 12 classics for the Back to the Classics Challenge and should finish two more in the next few weeks, and I’ve finished 8 out of 12 for the TBR Pile Challenge. If I finish what I have listed, I can choose from the remaining ones on my reading plan lists, plus I have several new books accumulated on my nightstand and Kindle app. Now I just need a week’s vacation to delve into them. 🙂

Happy Reading!


10 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: May 2015

  1. I have read GROWING UP AMISH and really liked it. Wagler seems to have a realistic view of his heritage – the good and the bad. I have read other memoirs of ex-Amish, but was not as impressed – One writer had to include gratuitous information about her private life with her husband that was totally unnecessary, but I suppose she felt the need to prove that she was a “normal” person. Wagler’s, on the other hand, was balanced IMO.

  2. Wow – you inspire to me read more! How many books to you read each year? I am fascinated with the Amish and their way of life, so think I would really like that book about them! Thanks.

    • Last year I read 45, 65 if you count audiobooks. 🙂

      If you have a Kindle app, the Growing Up Amish books comes through for the Kindle on sale fairly often.

  3. Oh my — so many books to comment on, as usual! Gentle Savage sounds great and I would love to read an update on the Aucas. The amish book sounds fascinating as well, and you know I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Pioneer Girl!

  4. Those first two are appealing to me. I will go add them to my every growing list! 🙂 Looks like you have a lot going right now. I have pretty much the same thing going now… 4 books: 1 audio, one kindle and 2 books… {{Sigh}} What’s a book lover to do?! 🙂

  5. I’ve heard of the book – “Growing Up Amish”. I’m looking forward to read your review. Always been fascinated with the Amish and I understand their world is not an easy place to live in.

  6. Hurray for coming along well with goal reading!

    I’m eager to hear your thoughts on Pioneer Girl (which I just finished last week) and on Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood.

  7. I saw Gentle Savage the other day and think a couple of my children would enjoy it. What is the youngest age you would recommend it for? (I am thinking of my 13yr old and 16 year old) . I had Pioneer Girl but didn’t have time to read it and it needed to be returned to the library. Look forward to your thoughts.

  8. You’re doing really well on your reading goals this year! I have Taken in my pile of books to read and review. I tend to really like Dee Henderson’s books so am hopefully it will be really good. Growing up Amish is on my to-read list at some point as well. Happy reading!

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