Monday, June 27, 2016

What's On My Nightstand - June/July

What's On Your Nightstand

I think it's time to jump back into the game with this Nightstand business. I've been absent when it comes to participating in these meme for the past few months as we were concluding the adoption of, and adjusting to, Bookworm5. It's been a hectic few months around here and the reading has been most sporadic -- but it has still happened! I just haven't written about it. I have to say it's nice to feel life settling down just a wee bit, enough to make a few reading notes and plans again.

I'll keep my reading goals simple for the next month.

1. Chiefly, I'm reading through some Narnia books with my kids for the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge which is hosted here at Reading to Know every July. This will be the SEVENTH year for this challenge and regardless of who else participates, I am always grateful for the excuse it offers me and mine to travel back into one of my all-time favorite worlds.

Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge

We've begun reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to kick things off. We read this title last year but I offered to read whichever title the kids chose and this was the one that they picked! (Who am I to argue? Besides, they are all good!)

2. Secondly, I'm in the middle of reading Paper: Paging Through History. Doing a bit of research. The book may sound dry but it isn't . . . thankfully.

3. I am also halfway through the book Missional Motherhood, by Gloria Furman. My opinion on this read hasn't been firmed up, but I can tell you that I purchased two additional copies to give to certain friends of mine that I thought would really connect with it. That's something of a vote of confidence at any rate! I like it thus far.

4. I will be reading Seventeen, by Booth Tarkington both for pleasure and fun and also because it's my in-town book club's read for the month of July. It sounds terrific! I'm looking forward to it.

I don't think I should commit to much more than that. I'm grateful to be halfway through a couple of titles as it seems reasonable that I'll complete something by the end of next month! :)

As always, appreciate the nudge from the gals at 5 Minutes for Books to think through my reading plans and make some decisions. Looking forward to seeing what's on everyone else's nightstands for this coming month as well.


Stephanie said...

Missional Motherhood is on my summer reading list as well! I'm hoping to do the Narnia reading with the kids, but we are in the midst of summer camp this week and next so we'll wait until everyone is done and then see. : )

Lisa notes... said...

Glad to see you back, Carrie! And congrats on Bookworm5! You can never go wrong with rereading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe—and especially if your kids are asking for it. Paper sounds like a book I would love…must go see if I can find a Kindle sample now. (Got it!)

Susan said...

So you have 5 kids? Holy cow! I'm impressed you have time to read! You bring back good memories of when I read the Narnia books (well, we made it through most of them) with my kids. These days they don't want to listen to me read aloud -- while I get it (they're teens), it makes me so sad!! All your books sound interesting. I've heard of Booth Tarkington, but have never read anything by ... is it him? Hmmmm ...

Barbara H. said...

I've heard of Tarkington but am pretty sure I've never read anything by him so far. I need to give some thought to the Narnia challenge. I knew it was coming up but forgot to incorporate it into the WOYN meme.

Tarissa said...

Looks like a cool set of books you're reading. I'm looking forward to the Narnia challenge!

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh....the Chronicles of Narnia. I remember when you first started hosting this reading during July, I started reading the books to and with my then almost 10 year old (she'll be 17 this year!). High time I read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe with my current 10 year old.

The Missional Mother sounds interesting.

Congrats on Bookworm5!!

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