Even though there is still nearly a week left in July, it’s the last Tuesday and therefore time to look over what we have been and will be reading.
Since last time I have completed:
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, reviewed here. I was glad to conquer this one.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, reviewed here. Loved this – much food for thought.
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, reviewed here. This one will always hold a special place in my heart.
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, review coming soon. I enjoyed this suspenseful tale, one of the first “man on the run” stories, very much.
Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior, reviewed here. A remarkable woman: very good book.
Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging by J. I. Packer, reviewed here. Great advice.
Christian or Inspirational Fiction:
A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin, reviewed here. A young woman in the late 1800s goes in search of the mother who left the family and finds an assortment of various types of femininity in her grandmother and great aunts. Good.
All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin, reviewed here. A woman in conflict with her teenage daughter takes her on a road trip where she discloses the dysfunctional past she had kept hidden plus learns things she never knew about her own mother and granddaughter. Good.
Now, that’s not as much as it looks like. Two of the books were just short of finished last time, so they belong more to June than July. I’ve been working through an audiobook of Don Quixote for weeks, and the other classics here were very short audiobooks (3-4 hours each). And Finishing Our Course With Joy was fairly short as well.
You also may have noticed a Lynn Austin trend. 🙂 I have so many books in my Kindle app from various sales that sometimes it’s hard to scroll through and decide what to read next. I decided to choose an author and read all of her book that I had, and chose Lynn because I have enjoyed others of her books. It’s been interesting to read several books from one author in a row like that.
I’m currently reading:
The Death of Ivan Ilych by LeoTolstoy. Very nearly finished with this one. Very moving.
Unlimited by Davis Bunn. Edge of your seat goodness!
All Things New by Lynn Austin
Lessons I Learned From My Grandchildren by Delia Halverson. I am about ready to toss this one, but it’s so short I figure I may as well finish it. Weak theology in places, faulty in others. Disappointing and not recommended.
The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate
Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson
Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
Each of the last few years I’ve been reading one book by Dickens that I have not read before. I was planning on The Pickwick Papers, but I am not terribly excited about that one. I may go with Hard Times or The Mystery of Edwin Drood instead. Have you read Pickwick?
Whew! I think that’s the longest Nightstand post I’ve ever done.
I am having a procedure next week – more on that tomorrow – and one thing I am looking forward to, besides getting it over with, is spending the recuperating time reading.
What are you reading?