Monday, October 24, 2011

What's On My Nightstand - October

What's On Your NightstandMy last nightstand post was in August. We were out of town in September so I missed participating in this carnival in more ways than one last month. I absolutely LOVE this event which is held on a monthly basis over at 5 Minutes for Books. If you've never participated before, check it out! It's a great way for me, personally, to narrow down my reading list for the upcoming month, giving myself reasonable reading goals to keep myself on task. (Not that reading should be a task or a chore, mind you, but with three small children underfoot - a list is helpful!)

Back in August I said I wanted to read:

* Winston Churchill's series on World War II
* Before the Last All Clear
* Unbroken

The later two are linked to my reviews, as I did manage to get to those two titles.

Churchill has been an interesting read. For one thing, I recognized once I got started with the first book in the series, The Gathering Storm, that this was going to be A Project for me. A worthy project and one I find myself taking great delight in. I love reading Churchill's history of World War II and am working on a reader's diary post as I move through it.

The bad thing is, my dreams started featuring certain terrorizing aspects of the war and I've woken up in a cold sweat with a pounding heart in the last week, regretting the fact that our home does not have a bomb shelter attached to it. (Rather terrifying.) Everything about the war is working its way in and while I very much enjoy learning about it, I think I need a bit of a distraction from it every now and again. All that to say, I'm moving through it slower than I anticipated because I'm trying to break up the intensity of it with "lighter" reads.

So, checking in with my Fall Into Reading challenge post, I think I'll put these books "on my nightstand" for the month of November:

1. A Sound Among the Trees: A Novel. Several of you mentioned that you've read Meissner before and enjoyed her works so I'm looking forward to getting to this one. Actually, I was approached about review this one and I declined it but my contact at the publishing house encouraged me to give it a try. She has an inkling I'll like it. She's usually right about what I like and don't like and since she ignored my initial "Thank you, but no." I'm going to do it. (I really like it when the publicists get to know you and learn what sort of books you gravitate to. It's so delightful, really!)

2. Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books

The title should explain my enthusiasm and anticipation for this read!

And two books not on the Challenge list:

3. The Painted Veil, by W. Somerset Maugham (I HAVE to read this one by the end of this week, actually, for bookclub!)

4. Growing Grateful Kids: Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places. I picked this book up last spring with the intention of reading this one before the holidays. If I don't read it before the holidays, I'll kick myself. Now's the time! So I'll be working my way through this one - hopefully sooner, rather than later.

So, that's what's on my nightstand this month and why. What's on yours? I'm looking forward to finding out!


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Looks like a good project for the month!
I can so relate to the book-induced nightmares! I have to be choosy about what I read.

I'd live to know more about how you got to know a publicist so well!

Susan said...

I echo Amy - sounds nice to have publicists "court" you! I've heard of Meissner but have not read any of her work either, so it will be good to hear your thoughts. "Lit" does sound intriguing ...

Barbara H. said...

I've liked others of Meissner's books that I have read, but was wasn't sure from the description of that one what I'd think. I'll look forward to your thoughts on it.

Lit! sound interesting!

barefoot mama said...

Your blog is wonderful! I found 3 books I was so excited to get a review on..thank you! Barefoot Mama, TX

Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

Looking forward to hearing what you think about The Sound Among Trees now!

Shonya said...

I'm looking forward to your reviews of the books on your fall reading list! And I'm glad to see I'm not the only one reading books that weren't on my fall list--sigh, I just keep seeing other books I want to read! :) I just finished one of them this weekend--Unbroken--which not only received a raving review from you, but was also on so many fall lists I felt left out! giggle It was. . .wow!! A riveting tale outstandingly told, can't wait to sit down and review it!!! You never disappoint! :)

Carrie said...

@Shonya - LOL! Well, I try not to. I needed a big grin this morning. Thanks for providing one! HA! =D

Lisa notes... said...

I know what you mean that this meme helps you get more realistic. I can get overly ambitious at times with what I want to read. ;-)

And I also know what you mean about books getting into your dreams. When I was reading Bonhoeffer and Unbroken at the same time, my dreams took it on. Not fun.

I want to read Lit! also. I keep seeing it pop up and hearing good things about it. Have fun!

Unknown said...

Yes, it's nice to focus.

You have some great titles on your list! Can't wait to hear what you think about them.

Amy said...

I am interested in what you think of Lit. I have it on my list, but not sure if I really want to read it or not. Sounds like good reading.

Hopewell said...

I've never made it thru WSC's WWII or History of the English Speaking People, but have continued to work on it bit by bit over the years. I'd love to see a blog that was just reading those two series!

Diary of an Autodidact said...

You are the first female in my acquaintance to attempt Churchill's WWII - most give me "the look" when I mention it. You are right that it is a project. At 5000+ pages, what else could it be? I did find it highly rewarding, however.

Nancy@5M4B said...

I'm glad you finally got to Unbroken and that you enjoyed it so much! It really is a great book. Churchill's series on WWII sounds fascinating, I'll have to add that to my "some day" list. :) A Sound Among Trees also sounds really intriguing, I loved The Shape of Mercy but haven't read anything else by her.

bekahcubed said...

Yikes! I can't imagine how intense it would be to dream about World War II like that. I've read books that have kept me from entering my dreams, but never books that have entered my dreams themselves (thank goodness). I think you certainly can afford a break for lighter fare every now and then!

Beth said...

Growing Grateful Kids and Lit look like great reads.

My hat is off to you for attacking Churchill's books. I hope someday to read them!

BerlinerinPoet said...

Lit is already on my to-read list! And I think it's super cool that people ask you to review their books. Actually I'm mainly excited because I know someone that important. muahaha!

Your cover for The Painted Veil looks...well, like it fits with the "full name" of our book club I sent you earlier today.

Bluerose said...

Well, I think it's safe to assume that I won't be reading any Churchill! I've never worried about not having a bomb shelter. A storm shelter, for sure, though! :)

I had Lit! on my wishlist, but then saw a review that made me realize it wasn't even close to what I thought it was. I'll be really curious to hear what you think about it, though!

Lisa Spence said...

Lit sounds both intriguing and intimidating; is that weird?

Great list, as usual! And, as usual, I look forward to your reviews!

Love Bears All Things said...

I thought Susan Meissner sounded familiar. I read The Shape of Mercy and enjoyed it very much. I will look for this one, also. Thanks for your post.
Mama Bear

Cassandra said...

It's a bummer when we miss the Nighstand posts due to being out of town... For October, I had my post written before I left for Oregon and I tried to publish it while I was gone but Blogger would not cooperate!

Lit! sounds really interesting, as does the Painted Veil. I look forward to reading your reviews!

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