What’s On Your Nightstand: May 2018

Nightstand82The folks at 5 Minutes For Books host What’s On Your Nightstand the last Tuesday of each month in which we can share about the books we have been reading and/or plan to read.

I enjoy this monthly opportunity to share what we’re reading.

Since last time I have completed:

Adam Bede by George Eliot, reviewed here. Excellent.

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin, WWII story and mystery, reviewed here. Very good.

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron, reviewed here. Excellent.

Drawing Near to the Heart of God: Encouragement for Your Lifetime Journey by Cynthia Heald, reviewed here. Good.

I’m currently reading:

Heaven Without Her: A Desperate Daughter’s Search for the Heart of Her Mother’s Faith by Kitty Foth-Regner

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron. Mixed emotions about this one.

Villette by Charlotte Bronte

A Small Book About a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace by Edward T. Welch

Gospel Meditations for Mothers by Chris Anderson, Joe Tyrpak, Hannah Anderson, and others

Up Next:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Christian Publishing 101 by Ann Byle

The Song of Sadie Sparrow by Kitty Foth-Regner

Overcoming Your Devotional Obstacles: 25 Keys to Having Memorable Devotions by John O’Malley.

Tarissa at In the Bookcase hosts the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge in June. I’d like to read a biography,  Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs, and possibly A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa. The latter was one of her “sensational novels” that she, like Jo in Little Women, wrote for quick money. It was recently rediscovered and printed. It may be too sensational for me – we’ll see.

I also made a list of books I’d like to reread…someday.

Read anything interesting this month? Do you have big reading plans for the summer?

9 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: May 2018

  1. I appreciate the diversity of your reading list, Barbara. It’s how I like to read too. 🙂 I’ll be curious what you think about the book on highly sensitive persons. I’ve not heard of that book, but I imagine some of the material would fit me to a tee. 😉

  2. My 88 year old mom is reliving her earlier years as she reads through Little Women in this season. Prompted by the PBS special, which I thought was lovely.

    I think I might go there, too … maybe a good beach read this summer?

    As ever, Barbara, so many books, so little time.

    • The Little Women series, especially the first book, is one of my favorites. I’ve reread it many times and identified with different characters at different stages of life. I saw Part 1 of the special and am looking forward to the second. I know what you mean about so many books…I have unread ones stacked on my bookshelves and a whole TBR list that I will probably never work completely through. But I’ll enjoy as much as I can. 🙂

  3. I am curious as to your thoughts on the sensitive book — in many ways, that’s me (one of my girls, too). Did you watch the recent PBS Little Women? I did, and it rouses my curiousity about LMAlcott. I want to read a bio of her. There was an excellent biopic of her on PBS that ran after the Little Women final installment — watch when you have time: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/louisa-may-alcott-woman-behind-little-women-film/10216/

    • I saw the first part of the Little Women special but haven’t seen the rest yet. I was glad they kept pretty close to the book. I taped the biopic but haven’t watched that yet, either – I did raise my eyebrows at its being called “inventive” in the blurb about it. I’ve heard bits and pieces of LMA’s life but I don’t think I have ever read a whole biography of her, so I am looking forward to that.

      When I first heard of HSP, it sounded like me, too. When the book gets to concrete information, it’s good. But I am having a lot of trouble with the author’s style. I’ll say more about it when I review it.

  4. I really want to see the Little Women remake. Maybe it will show up on Amazon Prime or Netflix someday? I wish I had known about HSP’s when my kids were little, because I think I’ve got a couple of them. Looking forward to your review of that book!

  5. ooohhhh….i need to read the book about highly sensitive people to maybe learn to finally relate to one of my biological sisters a bit better. Sounds interesting. I’m currently in a fiction book about daughters and a Christian book about mercy as well as I’m wrapping up the small group bible study book i’ve been teaching from: Experiencing Spiritual Intimacy (A woman of faith study book!!).

    Next on my list after small group ends for the summer, is the one that Kathy Lee GIfford wrote called The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi. It’s going to be soooo good!!!!! I did a mini devotional based on the book and was hooked!

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