Monday, February 27, 2012

What's On My Nightstand - February

What's On Your NightstandIt feels like it has been MUCH longer than one month since the last Nightstand meme at 5 Minutes for Books. Much, much longer! Having been smoked out of our house the past month, I guess that sort of explains it. All of my reading goals for the year have been shot right from the get-go but I'm still reading. I'm just not reading exactly what I planned on or had hoped to read.

Checking back on my last Nightstand post . . . I
did manage to read some of my list and that makes me happy.

1. Little House in the Big Woods. I read this as part of Barbara's LIW Reading Challenge which she has hosted this past month. Bookworm1 and I managed to wrap that one up and we'll be sharing our thoughts on that tomorrow.

2. The Mysterious Benedict Society. (Linked to my thoughts.) This was a much anticipated re-read for me and I'm super glad to have had the opportunity to revisit this one.

3. Gleanings in Genesis. Didn't happen. This book has been "book napped" by the cleaners and I likely won't be seeing this one again soon.

4. The Problem of Pain, by C. S. Lewis. I did read this one and took a bunch of notes from the read. My notes have been packed away and so I won't be able to review that one until I get them back. That is probably just as well as I'm still thinking about what I think about C.S. Lewis after reading this particular book!

As for my goals for the month of March? Well, I plan on reading whatever books I can get my hands on, essentially. Since my books are all packed away at the moment, I've accepted more books for review, which you might have noticed. I had intended to review fewer books this year but right now I'm just looking for fun and interesting things to read and think about while we wait to get back into our house. I've grabbed a few titles from the library and also have a nice little stack of review copies to get to which include:

1. Secret Life of a Fool: One Man's Raw Journey from Shame to Grace

2. The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

3. Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

4. Family Vocation: God's Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood

A nice little collection of reading material.

From the library, I picked up the next book for the 2012 Reading to Know Bookclub, The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan. Having not read this since I was a teenager, I'm looking forward to delving into it again.

Reading to Know - Book Club

Lastly, just a note to say that I picked up a copy of The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic from the library since my copy is packed away. (I bought it on high recommendations.) And not to say that I'll not trust the sources again (wink and laugh!) but I didn't care for it at all. I got about halfway through before I simply had to stop. I don't know if I did't like it because I had a raging headache when I tried reading it or if I got the headache from reading it. I simply thought the author tried too hard to be witty and clever and therefore it came across as juvenile to me in the worst sort of way. At any rate, I'm going to pass that one on by unless someone convinces me thoroughly to give it another go.

That, my friends, is the state of my portable Nightstand this month. What's on yours?!


Cassandra said...

It sounds like you've had a good reading month in spite of everything. You have some great reads coming up! I can't wait to dive into Pilgrim's Progress. I've read maybe the first 1/4 of it but that was years ago. I'm glad we get to tackle this classic!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

You didn't like Mt. majestic?!?! That's akin to my saying to you that I don't like MBS! ;-).

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you have some meaty stuff to tackle on TOP of Pilgrim's Progress. Sounds good though - perfect timing for you to be getting some new review books to help your book shortage!

Melissa said...

I'm starting Benedict today, thanks to your recommendation.

The Berlin book sounds interesting. I'm anxious to hear your thoughts on it.

Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

Sounds like you've had quite an adventure this month! I'm impressed that you got as much reading done as you did!

Barbara H. said...

Do they have an estimate for how long it will be til you get back home? Will they have to paint and such or do they think just cleaning will get it all out? Hope you're not "displaced" too much longer.

I should probably delve into Pilgrim's Progress -- it's been years since I read it but it still seems pretty familiar to me. But I am sure there are parts I forgot and parts I'd be blessed by rereading.

Maybe this would be a good month to check out the Benedict Society, too.

Hopewell said...

I read "Last Child in the Woods" that sort of started the Nature-Deficit thing and agreed with nearly all of it. Stasiland is going on my request list at the library RIGHT. NOW.

Bluerose said...

I'm with Amy! I'm actually shocked you didn't like Mt. Majestic! ;)

I'm glad everyone seems excited about The Pilgrim's Progress, since I don't have a clue what it's about.

Stephanie Kay said...

Interested in what you think about Nature Deficit. I've heard so much about his other book I'm very curious but haven't read it yet.

Diary of an Autodidact said...

I'm interested in reading your reviews of Nature Deficit and Stasiland. Since I generally like Gene Edward Veith, I am curious if that book is any good. I have an innate skepticism of books containing any variation of "God's Way", but I don't recall Veith tending to confuse his opinion with Biblical truth the way far too many do. (And you know what reviews I am referring to ;))

Nancy@5M4B said...

I read Little House too, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on it. I've heard great things about The Nature Principal, it seems so interesting.

Lisa Spence said...

An eclectic list, as always!

I'm reading to my son's sixth grade class tomorrow in celebration of Read Across America Week and I'm thinking of reading the beginning of first Benedict book.

Queen of Carrots said...

You definitely should not give *The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic* another chance, because now I can just blame it on the headache and we can still be friends. If you tried it in better circumstances and still didn't like it . . . ;-)

Unknown said...

I bought the Mysterious Benedict Society for my Nook when they were on sale, but haven't read them. I think I'll try to read the first one this month. I know you love them!

Janet said...

The Nature Principle sounds really interesting! I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on Problem of Pain.

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