Monday, October 25, 2010

What's On My Nightstand

What's On Your NightstandNightstand time over at 5 Minutes for Books!

Checking in with both my Fall Into Reading Challenge AND last month's Nightstand post, I'm actually pretty pleased with my progress. I've made inroads on review copies (which is my huge project to tackle before the end of the year!) and I've also read some books from my own home book shelves which I'm pretty pleased with.

I read and reviewed the following (all linked to my reviews):

* When Molly Was a Harvey Girl
* The Faithful Parent
* The Knights of Arrethtrae

I also finished reading:
* Great Lives: Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance, by Charles Swindoll
(thoughts on that coming soon to a blog near you)
* In Search of the Castaways: The Children of Captain Grant, by Jules Verne (which I'm excited to talk about shortly)

My nightstand still has some review copies on it, and I'll keep plugging away there. But in the meantime, for this single month's goal, here's what I have in mind to read. All of these books I've purchased or received from friends and I'm looking forward to diving in:

1. Still planning to read An Experiment in Criticism, by C.S. Lewis. Not taking it off my Nightstand mention until I. GET. TO. IT! (In Search of the Castaways took me a bit longer to read than I had originally anticipated. That's my excuse, yes.)

2. Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, by John Piper. (You can't see me, but I am literally hopping up and down over this title.) I was offered a review copy of this one and took a pass. WHY!? Because I anticipate awesomeness and I wanted to buy it for myself. SO....unless something shocking is unearthed, I anticipate being wild with glee over this title. (At least, I'm already wild with glee over the title itself.)

3. Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales!!!!!!!!!!!! My copy is on the way and once it gets here, Bookworm1 and I are going to settle down with our mouse friends and ENJOY! (In case you missed my rather frequent mentions of Tumtum and Nutmeg, pleasepleaseplease go read my earlier review. You have Stephanie and Amy to thank for my rabid and incessant pleas about this book. It's all their fault. Too true!)

That's all I'll list for good measure here today. Gives me attainable goals. Plus, I know we're headed into the holiday season and it is my secret wish to cram through so many books in November that it will make my brain spin. That way I'm free to read Christmas tales all through the month of December. I was glancing through my bookshelves the other day and I had set aside some books last Christmas that I meant to read this year. I hope to just have a blast during the month of December totally marinating myself in Christmas cheer. (Don't roll your eyes. This is a good thing. Or, at least, it can be!)

Hope you all have a lovely month of reading and I'm looking forward to running around and checking out your Nightstand posts as well!


A Faithful Journey said...

You are making quite a dent in your FIR stack! I have only read 3 books since FIR began. Hooping to finish another three before the end of October. I am starting The Help now and it is 451, we will see how long that takes me to get through. It is really good so far, so hopefully I can finish it in a decent amount of time!

Have a wonderful day! :)

Janet said...

You know, I've yet to read any John Piper. I agree with you -- that title gets my attention!

Great progress on the nightstand!

Dani said...

I'm curious about what some of your favorite Christmas books are. We had a tradition growing up that we would get a new Christmas picture book every year (which I have continued with my family ... and picked up some of the ones that we had growing up). I also have a growing collection of adult Christmas books ... any suggestions?

Barbara H. said...

I had not heard of An Experiment in Criticism until seeing Janet mention it, and I want to red it some time.

morninglight mama said...

I'm thinking that T&N are the new MBS recommendation from you-- the kids and I need to read these soon!

Annette W. said...

I love how you purposely skip review copies so you can buy your own...and yes, John will be good!

Stephanie said...

We're reading the new Tumtum & Nutmeg right now! : )

Unknown said...

Ha ha you are very funny with the Tum Tum stuff. But I do hope to get to it soon myself.

When Molly Was a Harvey Girl is a Cybils nominee, so I'll be reading it within the next two months probably.

Susan said...

I hear so much about John Piper but have yet to read anything by him - shame on me; I hope that book is great!

bekahcubed said...

Yay for you for making progress on your review books. Are you getting excited about reading WHATEVER YOU WANT come January? (I know I would be!)

Jennifer said...

I love Jules Verne's writing. I've only read Around the World in 80Days and The Journey to the Center of the Earth but I am a fan!

Anonymous said...

Tumtum intrigues me! I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it!

Lisa notes... said...

I’ll look forward to your review of Great Lives. Oh, you have Think! I’d like to know what you think about it (no pun intended). I definitely want to read it soon. Enjoy!

Cassandra said...

I haven't read any John Piper yet, though I really should. Maybe I'll make that a priority for next month, depending on what I can find at the library.

Good luck with your list! I hope you're able to get all of the review copies out of the way so that you can read whatever your heart desires!

Anonymous said...

I am looking for a recreational read for the holiday season...any recommendations?

Carrie said...

re: recreational holiday reads. I'm preparing a post on that subject soon so stay tuned! I DO have some books to recommend that I think are just plain fun.

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