Monday, December 21, 2009


What's On Your NightstandLast month I supposed that getting much reading done during the holiday months was going to be a bit difficult. And it has been! I've found very little time for reading. That said, I did accomplish reading three books from last month's list.

* I read Franklin & Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship which I loved and adored. If you missed it you can read my post about Franklin & Winston, as well as my post about Friendship, Winston Churchill Style.

* I read My Life in France, by Julia Child.

I also read Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers and haven't written a review of it for the same reason I suspect that I've never seen a decent review of it before. Yeah, uh huh. Hmm. Definitely thought provoking. When I was done reading it (in 2 days time, reading while cooking, going to the bathroom and any spare quiet moment I could find and then some!) Jonathan asked, "How was the book?" My reply? "I can't talk about it." And I can't. It has internalized and it's not coming out. And I don't know that I would pin the blame on any one person who told me to read it. You bear collective blame.

And if you WERE one to told me to "just read it already" then you know how much is wrapped up in that one little paragraph written above.

As for what is on my Nightstand for the following month....

I shall be primarily focusing on my pet project and challenge (which I thoroughly and heartily encourage you all to join in on, of course!):

L. M. Montgomery Reading ChallengeYou are welcome to read more about the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge HERE.

I haven't really decided WHICH book(s) to read by Montgomery yet. But it will be something by her. (I know...big surprise there, right?)

Otherwise, these are the books that are staring in my face with raised question marks before them, just like so:



I've read Grace-Based Parenting before but would like to read alongside Gospel-Powered Parenting to contrast and compare, so that's my grand plan.

In the meantime, all I'm really planning to do is to celebrate Christmas and have a little fun celebrating around that.

What about you? What's on your Nightstand? I do love hopping around and seeing what other people are up to reading these days so - see ya around!



Jessie at Blog Schmog said...

Haha! I hope I wasn't one of those to cause you misery by "making" you read Redeeming Love. ;)

My friend did that to me too. I can still remember when she handed it to me. I looked at the cover and thought "oh no, it's a romance" and the rest is history!

I do know I AM one of those who tried in vain to review it here but I could hardly spit out anything besides "it was insane"!


Marie Cloutier said...

I've got a pile of unfinished books on my nightstand- fodder for my friday posts! Good luck with your LM Montgomery challenge; it looks great :-) Merry Christmas!! :-)

WordLily said...

Well, the reason I haven't even attempted a review of Redeeming Love is because I read it several years pre-blog. But I'm glad you read it, finally, and I totally understand what you mean by internalizing it. It's very intense.

Shonya said...

Yep, Redeeming Love is right up there in my top 10 books ever! Have you read The Mark of the Lion series by the same author? Outstanding!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Oh, I HOPE you didn't absolutely HATE Redeeming Love since I'm one of the ones who encouraged you to read it. . . :-)

Barbara H. said...

I forgot about this today, but my fall into reading wrap-up covered what I have read.

I read Redeeming Love several years ago. I'd be interested in your thoughts if you can articulate them some time. :-)

justpeachy36 said...

L.M. Montgomery is a favorite author of mine. You should try the Emily books. What a wonderful character. I just love her lol...

Lisa notes... said...

So I probably need to get to "Redeeming Love" sooner rather than later. Sounds intriguing.

Have a blessed Christmas!

Cassandra said...

Redeeming Love is a wonderful book and one of my favorites. I'm glad you finally read it. :)

Nise' said...

Know exactly what you mean about Redeeming Love. When people ask me what it's about, I just say, "read it".

Merry Christmas.

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