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Monday, February 23, 2009

What's On Your Nightstand?

What's On Your Nightstand It's time AGAIN for What's on Your Nightstand over at 5 Minutes for Books. Does anyone else feel like screaming because this carnival just swoops down upon you and swallows you up, laughing in your face about everything that you DIDN'T manage to accomplish the month before? No? Is it just me? Bother.

I just looked at what I said I was going to do last month. Ok, I don't feel SO bad but I still didn't accomplish what I said I was going to. I read my personal reads but went off track as far as 5 Minutes for Books was concerned. So here is my proposed reading list, based on What's On My Nightstand for the month of March.

For 5 Minutes for Books I still need to read:

1. In the Shadow of the Sun King. I still think the title and the premise/subject matter is interesting and I'm looking forward to reading it. I should just DO it, right? (I got distracted in my fiction reads this past month when I picked up Fireflies in December. I devoured Fireflies, absolutely loved it, think it's something that everyone should read, etc., etc., You can see my review of Fireflies in December here. It's an awesome book!)

2. I also have the book Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets in my stack for 5M4B which I'm looking forward to getting to here in the near future.

3. Lastly for 5M4B I think I'd like to dwindle down my stack a bit by tackling The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party which I'm really very curious about and eager to get into.

Then, of course, there is my list for my personal and private-to-public pleasure. This list is long, long, agonizing long, folks. (But I really wouldn't have it any other way, really!) The problem is mostly that I keep wandering into used bookstores and from there everything just sort of falls apart. I make no promises for the month but I've picked up some fun titles this past month for my own guilty pleasures. These titles below represent a small fraction of the books I have actually purchased. I'm thinking the season of Lent might be a good opportunity for me to refrain from collecting any additional books, ya think? Be quiet, Jennifer. I'm not really asking YOU. - ha)

1. 101 Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith.

2. The Door in the Hedge, by Robin McKinley

3. Then I stumbled across Cry Of The Icemark and picked it up on a whim so we'll see what I think of that.


Lastly, I intend to re-read The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity along with Stephanie (of Stephanie's Mommy's Brain) who is hosting a little mini bookclub of sorts to talk about this book. She invited other readers to join her in the reading of it so I intend to pick this book up and do just that. I received this book as a gift from a dear friend of mine when I had my son. I read the book before I was a mother and had grand and lofty visions of exactly what that meant. I figure a re-reading might be in order right about now. I look forward to it and am glad for the chance to read it along with Stephanie!

These are my plans, folks, and we'll see how far I get with them! To see what other people are reading and to join in on the carnival, visit 5 Minutes for Books. I'll be seeing you around, no doubt!

23 comments:

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Oh, do I relate to what you said about NOT accomplishing your previous month's goals!

This month looks good, Carrie!

Trish said...

Fireflies in December and The Mission of Motherhood both sound good; I'll have to add them to my list!

Hurry, you've got one more day to buy books before your fast. :)

gail@more than a song said...

I just read something yesterday about Fireflies in December and it sounded interesting. I keep finding things to add to my list!
I did enjoy the Multiple Blessings book; I like knowing some of the story of her pregnancy/bed rest time and early days with the babies. If you like the show you'll probably like the book!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

You, a reading failure? HA!

I published Fireflies silly (but it probably wasn't up when you were writing the post). You should update the post, or people can check it out HERE.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Thanks for the reminder that I'm reading the Sally Clarkson book along with y'all - I forgot that was coming up!

I have a Dodie Smith book on my shelf (I Capture the Castle) so maybe I'll tackle one of hers/his(?) this month, too.

Julie said...

I read Multiple Blessings, it's interesting but I liked The Duggars: 20 and Counting better. Good luck with your reading this month. :)

Meryl said...

"The Sun King" does look interesting. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

carma said...

I see you have some big books plans! I'm feeling a bit lame having only finished one book this month :D
carma

Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

My reading has been slowing down a but - I'm sure I didn't read everything from last month's list.

ibeeeg said...

I am a big fan of Robin McKinley but I have not read Door in the Hedge yet...look forward to reading what you thought.

I plan on reading The Mission of Motherhood and join in on the study. Looking forward to it.

Bluestocking said...

I've come to terms with the fax that I will never complete my reading goals.

My post is up!

Lindsay said...

I saw the review for Fireflies in December and I really want to try this one out! Looks like a great list!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Yep, I keep telling myself I won't buy any more books, then a new one is released. The J.D.Robb book was released today so of course that meant buying a few things on my wish list. Your goals for the next month look good. Thanks for visiting.

Marks of Faith said...

Look forward to hearing what you think about 'Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets' I read it and liked it much better then the show. The book really seemed to bring out more of the Christan influence in the family, which the TV show kind of leaves out...they tend to focus on the "strife" in the family and the book focuses more on the "Success." Their story is pretty amazing. There are some things in there that just blow your mind, especially once the little ones arrive and how they have to divide up the babies care, I don't think I could have handled the volunteer situation they adopted...that would have freaked me out big time! Made me think alot about what I would do if I had that many blessings at once. : ) I had previously read a book about the Anderson Quintuplets and found the comparison of the two families lives fascinating. I enjoyed the read and I hope you do too.

Book Psmith said...

I am obsessed with Jon & Kate plus Eight. It is one of my guilty pleasures and now the whole family is hooked:)

My daughter suggested I give up reading for lent...I couldn't even speak. She is giving up soda and she wants me to give up books...I shudder at the thought.

BecauseImTheMommy said...

Wow! I am very interested in reading The Mission of Motherhood. I just added it to my TBR list. However, I couldn't find Stephanie's blog about the study. Happy Reading!

Ronnica said...

Ooh, looks like you've got a big reading month ahead of you!

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I on the waiting list at the library for Multiple Blessings. I am looking forward to it as well. Also, I haven't read the Mission of Motherhood, but I need that on my list for sure!

Nise' said...

Kate Gosselin is coming to town next month and a friend and I thought we would go and see her, but the tickes are $100!!! Fireflies In December looks great, going to put it on my TBR list.

Jessica said...

I have the same problem as you...there's always more interesting books out there!

I guess it's not really a problem, but there never seems to be enough time to read them all.

Mindy Withrow said...

I missed your review of Fireflies in December, so appreciated your link -- sounds like another one for my TBR list!

I just posted my current reads over at my blog -- mostly fiction, plus some new and interesting blogs.

Alyce said...

I haven't read any of these. I'll keep an eye out for upcoming reviews.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

I have the same problem. So many books, so little time. :) Thanks for mentioning my little book "club."

I just realized we're talking about 2 different books! I have the MINISTRY of Motherhood: Following Christ's Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children.

The Mission... is another book Sally has. Hmmm... I'll have a post on Tuesday about the "club." If you can't get the Ministry, I would love for you to read The Mission and tell what you are learning in it.

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