Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What's On My Nightstand - July

What's On Your NightstandYeah. I know. It's not Monday, Wednesday OR Friday but I'm going to make an exception to my summer posting schedule here because it's time for What's On Your Nightstand at 5 Minutes for Books and I don't want to miss it! (I need to figure out my goals here for the coming month.)

Primarily, my nightstand for the month of July is covered in Narnia because July is when I host the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge and I'm READY for it!

Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge

I haven't yet decided which Narnia tale I'm going to dive into, but I do know that I'll be reading The Narnian by Alan Jacobs. ($5.98 bargain price on Amazon!)

Most of the books I want to focus on in the month of July all seem to have a similar theme to them: they either involve England or World War II.

Lady Almina and the Real Downtown Abbey. I've already begun reading this one and I'm really enjoying it!

Their Finest Hour, by Winston Churchill. Since I didn't accomplish this read during the Spring Reading Thing Challenge, I'm going to conquer it alongside Narnia. Which I kind of think is fitting (and makes me want to read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe again)!

The Queen: A Life in Brief, by Robert Lacey (which I accepted for review).

I think I shall leave it at that for this moment. No doubt there will be other titles snuck in here or there, but these are the ones which I am focused on primarily.

Off to find out what's on YOUR nightstand!


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Can't wait to hear about the DA book! :-). And I MIGHT attempt a nonfiction title, too, for the Narnia challenge. Might.

Hopewell said...

Excellent choices!!!!

Anonymous said...

They all seem like really great reads! I might have to look up The Narnian this month though...will see if I can squeeze another in.

Bluerose said...

I'm really curious about the Downtown Abbey one! I still haven't watched the show, but I do like Downtown Abbey type books.

April said...

Loving all the books about England!

Lisa notes... said...

I love your British focus. :) Just in time for the Olympics too! Great list, Carrie.

I still haven't seen the Downton Abbey show, but I want to.

Annette Whipple said...

I fully intended to link up this time...even remembered. Just haven't found the time!

Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued by the Downton Abbey book too! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!
Also, I love your Narnia challenge! (although I'm not going to take you up on it) They remain my favorite books, although (not surprisingly) the movies were a huge disappointment. I tried to ban the children from ever seeing them but my husband felt that was unreasonable.

Nancy said...

I really want to read that Winston Churchill series some day!

Tonia said...

The Downton Abbey book looks really good!

We've been listening to lots of Narnia here - two books left to go. It's the first time my daughter has heard them so it's extra special.

Barbara H. said...

I should probably read The Narnian some time but I don't know if i
I will get to it this year. I remember hearing good things about it last year.

I haven't watched the TV Downton Abbey (some day...) but that book looks good.

Unknown said...

You can make an exception in 2 more weeks for Kids' Picks too :)

BerlinerinPoet said...

Oh my goodness! How could I have forgotten!? Ok, take my "Nighstand" post and mentally add "A Lot of Narnia stuff" hahaha!

Also, how serendipitous that you are reading all WWII stuff. You see, in my OTHER book club, we are reading through the decades right now. I picked 1940-1949 and I have to pick something (somewhat soon-ish) either SET in that time or written then. Sooo...I will be paying very close attention for a really good one from your list. :-)

morninglight mama said...

I don't know how you fit it all in, but I imagine you'll be reading a ton this summer! :)

Sherry said...

The "Lady Almina" book is quite fascinating! I enjoyed the historic view into an era of Highclere Castle and the lives of the 5th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Though it has very little to do with the "Downton Abbey" show itself but for the setting, there are quite a number of little parallels.

I'm just about to finish a BIG biography on Queen Elizabeth and cheering myself to the finish line!

Enjoy your month of British reading. I have been :)

Beth said...

One of these days I want to tackle Churchill's books, but I don't forsee it anytime soon.

And I've finally had the courage to join you in the Narnia challenge. I figure if my kids love them, I better read them myself.

Alison said...

I am in awe of how many books you read. I only have two kids and I find it hard to find time to read. :)

Looking forward to hearing what you think of the Downtown Abbey book. I have it on my list to read.

bekahcubed said...

Those all look like a lot of fun--and a good complement to next month's challenge. I'm chomping at the bit to get started on Prince Caspian--and I've got a number of little and big Narnia books that I won from previous years' challenges that I'm planning on reading for this time around (since I've pretty much exhausted my library's supply of Narnia-themed materials!)

Diary of an Autodidact said...

Interesting list. I wait with bated breath!

Here is what my nightstand looks like:

He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope

Gitanjali by Tagore

The Opium of the Intellectuals by Raymond Aron

Listen to This by Alex Ross temporarily back at the library :(

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