Thursday, February 2, 2012

What's On My Nightstand?

I'm excited to participate in a new (to me) link-up -- about books!  Yay! 

My literal nightstand is more like a nightmare:  a collection of children's books and clutter, if I recall correctly from my chair at the computer, far removed from the muffled cries of "declutter me!" that nag me every time I walk by and my eyes happen to glance that direction. 

Thankfully, the idea isn't really to tell literally what's on your nightstand, but to tell what you intend to read in the next month, and/or what you read over the last month.  Much more fun.   

Remember my overly-ambitious list?  Did I read even a little bit from it?  I DID!  Can you believe it?!  I finished  A Love That Multiplies (which wasn't on the list), and then read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  I enjoyed both of these.  I also began The Path to Power, but so far have done little beyond determining that I'd just start again at the beginning -- somewhat painful because I'd read over 400 pages once upon a time, but had really lost touch with it, it had been sooo long -- and read the introduction.  I'm lost somewhere in the first chapter, in the midst of the Hill Country of Texas.  I'm enjoying it, but slowly. 

What do I hope to read from the list in February?  I would love to finish The Path to Power, but doubt I will.  Maybe I'll read the part I already read faster this time (?), but it's still lengthy.  I don't know which book from the list I might read after I do finish it, but it's fun to think about. :)

It strikes me that it would be good to also keep track here of readings not mentioned in my list post, but I'm not making the effort right now.  Not that it would be that much quantity-wise:  lots of bits and snatches, largely, I think.  But I didn't even keep track very well in some areas.  So I'm sticking to my list for now.  Maybe next time I'll be marvelously organized.  Yeah, sure. :D

So what did you read in January, and/or what are you planning to read this month?

Check out what others are reading at 5 Minutes for Books.


  1. Currently I'm reading through the Old Testament w/a group of ladies and I'm picking up in Exodus. I'm also hoping to finish 'Large Family Logistics' by Kim Brenneman and then to start 'Real Marriage' by Mark & Grace Driscoll. :)

    I'm sure I'll have around 5 more books on stand-by from the library. . . . like I always do, lol!

    1. Large Family Logistics is good. I don't recall hearing of Real Marriage before. Thanks for the mention.

      Ha, it's easy for me to get too many books from the library.

  2. January. . .wasn't a great month for me as far as reading goes, but I did read several books of the Bible, Loving the Little Years (you saw how much I liked it), and about half of "Beyond Opinion" by Ravi Zacharias (which is very good but rather challenging in the middle of a move!). I hope to finish Beyond Opinion this month and also read "Running Away to Home" for a book club. I'm also planning to read a book you just finished (Jekyll and Hyde) and Frankenstein, although one of these may get pushed to March. I would be curious for you to also read Frankenstein and then ponder with me the representations of the nature of man evidenced in these last two books--sound fun??? :)

    Path to Power looks interesting but it also looks like too much for me to add right now, and how did you like the later Duggar book? I liked it!

    1. Well, you had a lot going on in January! And it sounds like to me that you read quite a bit.

      I read Frankenstein when I was a teen and seem to remember finding it disturbing, though I don't recall a lot of details from it at the moment. It would be good perhaps to read from an adult perspective at some point. And I could see comparing the two being interesting, but I'm not sure rereading Frankenstein is something I'll be ready to do for a while... You are not helping me with my list, Shonya! :) Nevermind the fact that I'm not helping myself, as I'm reading Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young instead at the moment, which is also not on the list, ha.

      You'd probably like the Caro books but they are definitely lengthy. I liked the Duggar book too, and appreciate their perspective and example in many ways.